Monday, June 26, 2017

Terumasa Hino - 1977 - Hip Seagull

Terumasa Hino 
Hip Seagull

01. Hip Seagull 16:01
02. This Planet Is Ours 6:54
03. Fall 6:28
04. Life Trip 7:35

Double Bass [Acoustic], Electric Bass [Fender] – Clint Houston
Drums – George Ohtsuka (tracks: B1 to B3), Motohiko Hino (tracks: A1)
Guitar – John Scofield
Percussion, Congas, Voice – M'tume
Piano [Acoustic], Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Mikio Masuda
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Kohsuke Mine
Trumpet – Terumasa Hino
Vocals – Kimiko Kasai (tracks: B2), Tawatha (tracks: B1)

Recorded August 10, 11, 1977 at Victor Studios, Tokyo and December 15, 1977 at Sound Ideas Studio, NYC.

Terumasa Hino is one of Japan's most well-known jazz trumpeters, and has a long and illustrious career that has seen him play with a huge array of different musicians both here and in the US. His 1977 album Hip Seagull has now been re-issued on CD in Japan, and it's  one of the most popular reissues of the past month. With some great Fender Rhodes and Fender bass accompaniment and some ethereal vocals from Tawatha and Kimiko Kasai, the album has a wonderful electric but spiritual vibe.

The sixteen-minute title track that was the first side of the original album is a Hino composition which starts softly and slowly and then gradually builds into a classic slow funk groove that is up there with some of the classic Miles or Freddie tunes of the era. The rest of the album is made up of three tunes, This Planet Is Ours and Fall, both great spiritual tunes and Life Trip, a superb jazz samba tune. Definitely worth getting.

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