Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Hiromasa Suzuki ‎– High-Flying (1976)

1.   High-Flying
2.   Screwdriver
3.   Scramble
4.   Between O&M
5.   Smash
6.   Straight Flash
7.   Out Of Focus

Genre: Electronic, Jazz, Funk / Soul
Format: CDVinyl
Label: Columbia ‎– COCB-54007

Composed By, Arranged By, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano – Hiromasa Suzuki
Drums – Shuichi Murakami
Electric Bass – Akira Okazawa, Kenji Takamizu
Electric Guitar – Fujimaru Yoshino, Kiyoshi Sugimoto, Masayoshi Takanaka
Keyboards, Synthesizer – Jun Fukamachi
Liner Notes – 尾川雄介
Percussion – Larry Sunaga
Producer, Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Jiro Inagaki
Vocals – Kayoko Ishu

Loads of great keyboards here from Hiromasa Suzuki – working in a mode that's somewhere between earlier funky jazz, and the tighter Japanese fusion of the late 70s! The style here is never too smooth, yet Suzuki really manages to blend some great elements together – his own keys, lots of funky rhythms, saxes from Jiro Inagaki, and even a touch of vocals from Kyoko Ishu – used in ways that are relatively spare, and more musical than lyrical – which fits in perfectly with the groove! The feel of the set is like some lost bit of funky jazz from mid 70s Fantasy Records – and titles include "Screwdriver", "Scramble", "Between O & M", "Straight Flash", and "Out Of Focus".
(Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series! Fantastic Japanese pressing – heavy vinyl!)  © 1996-2018, Dusty Groove, Inc.