Monday, June 26, 2017

Terumasa Hino - 1979 - City Connection

Terumasa Hino 
City Connection

01. Hino's Reggae 8:10
02. Stay In My Waking Heart 4:32
03. City Connection 6:38
04. Send Me Your Feelings 4:35
05. High Tide-Manhattan Ecstasy 6:59
06. Samba De-La Cruz 2:46
07. Blue Smiles (Tribute To Blue Mitchell) 7:32

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar – David Spinozza
Alto Saxophone, Flute – David Tofani
Baritone Saxophone, Flute [Alto] – Ronnie Cuber
Bass – Anthony Jackson
Cello – Charles McCracken, Jonathan Abramowitz
Concertmaster, Violin – David Nadien
Congas, Percussion, Voice – Nana
Contractor – David Nadien, Marvin Stamm
Cornet – Terumasa Hino
Drums – Howard King
Electric Piano [Rhodes], Piano [Acoustic] – Harry Whitaker, L. Leon Pendarvis
Flugelhorn – Marvin Stamm, Randy Brecker, Terumasa Hino
Handclaps – Harry Whitaker, Nan*, Terumasa Hino
Soprano Saxophone, Flute [Alto] – Dave Liebman
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Harold Vick
Trombone – David Bargeron, Wayne Andre
Trumpet – Marvin Stamm, Randy Brecker
Viola – Al Brown, Emanuel Vardi
Violin – Charles Libove, Gerald Tarack, Harry Cykman, Lewis Eley, Marvin Morgenstern, Max Ellen, Richard Sortomme
Vocals – Janice Pendarvis, Lani Groves

Recorded and Mixed at A&R Recording Studios, New York City in July, 1979.

Smooth funky fusion from Terumasa Hino – an artist who's moving past the more freewheeling sounds of his early years – into a New York groove that really fits the taxi image on the cover! The set has Hino taking a page from some of his more electric contemporaries on the Japanese scene – working with American musicians, in a blend of soul and jazz that adds one more feather to Terumasa's very large musical cap! The album features arrangements and keyboard work from Leon Pendarvis, who did a lot of great uptempo soul in the 70s – plus some especially nice work from Harry Whitaker, who'd worked on some of Roy Ayers' best records – and overall, the sound is similar to Ayers' albums at the time – with a jazz base at the core, some tighter soul-based arrangements, and just a bit of vocals to warm up the sound.