Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hiroshi Suzuki - 1975 - Cat

Hiroshi Suzuki 

01. Shrimp Dance 7:02
02. Kuro To Shiro 11:41
03. Walk Tall 10:14
04. Cat 5:27
05. Romance 5:54

Bass – Kunimitsu Inaba
Drums – Akira Ishikawa
Keyboards, Electric Piano – Hiromasa Suzuki
Saxophone – Takeru Muraoka
Trombone – Hiroshi Suzuki

Recorded at Nippon-Columbia Daiichi Studio, on Oct 8-10, 1975.

More super rare J Jazz making a first appearance in blogland and this is an absolute beauty made up of 5 long cuts that hit the perfect balance between jazz and fusion.Acoustic bass meshed with subtle funky drums topped with lashings of Rhodes,trombone and sax deliver a really stretched out understated rolling groove.
The album just grows and grows with repeated listening and it's a big favourite over here at Bacoso's Big Top - no surprise that it's
A great bit of electric jazz from the Japanese scene of the 70s – an album that easily rivals the best CTI work in the US at the time! Trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki heads up a quintet here – one that's heavy on electric piano and keyboards, played in a stretched-out sort of groove that reminds us a lot of the energy on Freddie Hubbard's funkiest albums from the same period. The tracks are all quite long – and step out with a wonderfully rhythmic sensibility – spare at times, and very focused on the right rolling approach to the groove. Suzuki's trombone solos are matched by some equally great sax work from Takeru Muraoka – and rhythm is from Kunimitsu Inaba on bass and Akira Ishikawa on drums. Filled with great breaks and laidback jazzy grooves 

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