Sunday, June 25, 2017

Joe Henderson And Kikuchi, Hino - 1971 - In Concert

Joe Henderson And Kikuchi, Hino 
In Concert

01. Sunrise In Tokyo 12:26
02. So What 11:40
03. Get Magic Again 19:54

Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Kousuke Mine
Bass – Yoshio Suzuki
Drums – Hiroshi Murakami, Yoshiyuki Nakamura
Piano, Electric Piano – Masabumi Kikuchi
Tenor Saxophone – Joe Henderson
Trumpet – Terumasa Hino

Recorded in "Tokyo Toshi Center Hall", Tokyo, Japan, August 5, 1971

Recorded at the Tokyo Toshi Center Hall, Tokyo, Japan, on August 5, 1971, this live set features Henderson with an incredible line up of Japanese young lions.The session took place the day after Henderson's appearance at the Junk Club, Tokyo, for the recording of 'Joe Henderson In Japan' on the Milestone label and is something of a different beast.
"Sunrise In Tokyo" kicks us off with a terrific head and solos from the three major protagonists while "So What" is taken at a rapid tempo and again showcases the big three from the lp title."Get Magic Again" is a more abstract piece moving into New Thing territory with great piano from Kikuchi who penned the title.
An excellent album – and one of Joe Henderson's boldest sets from the early 70s! The record features Joe working with a hip group of young Japanese players that includes Terumasa Hino on trumpet and Masabumi Kikuchi on piano and electric piano – and the sextet format of the session stretches way past Joe's other Japanese recording from the time, which was issued in the US on Milestone. This one features very long tracks, with tremendous intensity from both the group and Joe, who's got a real edginess to his playing here. 

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