> Also, has anyone picked up the new CD by bird?
> Wesley? Curious to know how she is outside of
> Shinichi Osawa?
IT's a wonderful album, and proves a wise decision to leave Osawa-san's
nest. Perhaps even better than the previous two. I haven't had time to
listen to it much yet, but my impressions thus far is that it's the most
eclectic of her albums. She's enlisted the help of musicians from
all-over, and it's perhaps her strongest LP. Her most recent single
"Shiteki Partner" is the opener, her first production piece; and comes
with an equally appealing PV. Tanaka Yoshito, who's a collabortor with
Osawa and guitarist in bird's live band, is becoming a major playor and
burning brighter with his compositional and production contributions on
the album, which includes the single "Flow." Monday Michiru contributes
2 songs: "Zero" and "Monochrome" and brings along her stellar crew of
musicians David Kikoski and husband Alex Sipiaguine of the Mingus Big
Band. bird's also brought along Yamazaki Masayoshi, a brilliant
singer/songwriter (approaching genius) who plays most any instrument - a
folk/rock artist. The tune he composed for bird is the upcoming new
single, "Sanposhiyou." Most of the other tracks are composed and penned
by bird. All groovy tunes with one cut being a hip-hop number.
This is one of the prettiest packages. The first printing comes in a
transparent sleeve, in a tri-fold layout with gorgeous illustrations.
Gokuyo Hybrid also comes with a thick booklet of photos. The album cut
of "Zero" is slightly differently from the single version. Other names
on GH include Pianica Maeda, Genta, Jazztronik, Ryu (the 3 man DJ Krush
group), Sano Yasuo, Kinbara Chieko Group(!), Rodney Holmes. It's bird's
first self-produced album...
I haven't heard the new Pushim album, but other groove artists with
new/upcoming releases worth buying: ACO, Orange Pekoe, Ego Wrappin, Ann
Sally, Heartsdales, Style to Kill (spy and vintage jazz omibus), UA,...
-- Wesley ECLECTIC Japan [Sound*Lounge] http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoundLounge
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