Maestro's SelectHozan Yamamoto is a widely revered figure in Japan, and a true icon of the seventies jazz scene. This album from 1971 is one of this best and a seminal work that effortlessly floats through fusion, soul and big band styles and has been basically impossible to buy in original format. Trust Mr Bongo to come correct with this fully licensed version which features his trademark flute playing and finds the maestro in a soaring, uplifting mood here. Big brass adds weight to his leads while well formed grooves drive the album along. Add in subtle Japanese stylings and it all adds up to a J jazz classic.
Everyone’s getting in on the Japanese jazz reissues these days.Studio Mule,BBEandMr. Bongoare just three of the labels who’ve delivered new editions of old LPs in recent years. The latter come through with the goods again in the form of Beautiful Bamboo-Flute, a 1971 rarity that saw the legendary shakuhachi (bamboo-flute) playerHozan Yamamototeam up with theSharps And Flats- one of the country’s most celebrated big-bands. Together they create a bombastic and brilliant noise on Beautiful Bamboo-Flute, a large-ensemble fusion-funk style that really struts. Cracking stuff.
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