Saturday, July 1, 2017

Hozan Yamamoto With Sharps And Flats - 1971 - Beautiful Bamboo-Flute

Hozan Yamamoto With Sharps And Flats 
Beautiful Bamboo-Flute

01. Kokiriko Bushi
02. Sado Okesa
03. Tairyo Utaikomi
04. Soma Bon-Uta
05. Komoro Mago-Uta
06. Nanbu Ushioi-Uta
07. Itsuki No Komori-Uta
08. Hietsuki-Bushi
09. Yasuki-Bushi
10. Yosakoi-Bushi
11. Kuroda-Bushi

Hozan Yamamoto, shakuhachi
Nobuo Hara, conductor
Sharps and Flats, orchestra

Recorded on 11 & 14 January 1971 at Victor Studio, Tokyo

One of the coolest albums ever cut by Japanese wood flute player Hozan Yamamoto – a set that has him working with very groovy backings from the Sharps & Flats ensemble – who almost give the whole thing an MPS label blending of funky jazz and world music sounds! The approach is wonderful – a bit more upbeat and swinging than some of Yamamoto's other records, as Nobuo Hara leads the larger group with a totally cool sound – which makes the flute lines a sweet exotic touch over straightforward, soul-drenched, big band jazz! We might even link the sound to some of Dorothy Ashby's grooviest albums for Chess/Cadet – although with flute, instead of harp

Wow, this is not at all what I expected. Big band jazz-rock shakuhachi, very hip. I didn't realize I needed this in my collection for whenever I needed that electric-bass-plus-horn-section-world-folk vibe... then I went online to look for it and found that the only one for sale was going for well over 2500 USD! So I got the CD for a little bit

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