Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fumio Karashima - 1977 - Gathering

Fumio Karashima
1977
Gathering


01. Gathering 9:07
02. Gringo 8:14
03. Tones For Joan's Bones 6:30
04. Sophia 6:17
05. Once We Loved 7:11


Bass – Isao Suzuki
Drums – George Otsuka
Piano – Fumio Karashima

Recorded February 1 & 2, 1977 at Epicurus Studio, Tokyo.



Gathering is the then up-and-coming younb pianist Fumio Karashima's first leader album for the Three Blind Mice label. With the help of great bassist Isao Suzuki and superb drummer George Otsuka (who was at the time Karashima's employer and band leader), Karashima had a very strong showing on this album, displaying his bouncy sense of swing, sophistication and lyricism.

Mostly because of the wonderful content, and partly because of the attractively desinged cover, this album became a big hit and put Karashima's name firmly on the radar screen of Japanese jazz fans.

Fumio Karashima TrioGathering Rare Japanese Audiophile LP released in 1977 on Three Blind Mice Records. Cat: TBM3004.A first class jazz recording from the young virtuoso Fuimo Karashima that is both refreshing and enjoyable! Karashima has an incredible command of the piano that is comparable to the greatest American Jazz players of the 70s, with a sense of poise, timing, and creative expression that's heard beautifully throughout the entire album.

A first class jazz recording from the young virtuoso Fuimo Karashima That is both refreshing and enjoyable! Karashima has an incredible command of the piano That is comparable to the greatest American jazz players of the 70s, with a sense of poise, timing, and creative expression that's beautifully heard throughout the entire album.  

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