4 January 2008

TOKI AND SAMBA FRIENDS - BRASIL



















Hidefumi Toki for RCA Japan from 1981.
Another monster slab of Jap jazz samba fusion from the early 80s - nearly every cut a winner but"Maracana" and the manic "Morena" are pick of the bunch- all killer no filler!Recommended.
Dusty Groove on the case:
Saxophonist Hidefumi Toki works here with his "Samba Friends" -- a great group of mixed Japanese and Brazilian players, all grooving in the style you'd expect from the title! The sound is a wonderful blend of Japanese fusion and Brazilian jazz -- headed by Toki's excellent work on soprano and alto sax, and augmented by electric piano from Helio Celso, guitar from Yoshiro Nakamura, drums from Armando Araujo, and percussion from Francis Silva -- plus a bit of vocals from Lelia Maria, who brings a nicely sunny sound to the set! The feel is almost like some of the best Brazilian-influenced jazz sets from the west coast in the 70s -- handled with a quality that's never cheesy, and a groove that's always breezy.
Limited expensive cd reissue from Japan or it's hunt out a pricey vinyl original.
1.MARACANA
2.MORENA
3.AQUARELA DO BRASIL
4.RECADO
5.DINDI
6.TIJUCA
7.MINHA SAUDADE

7 comments:

colinb said...

Hi,
thanks for this-i had it years ago and never thought i would see it again.

alex said...

ANOTHER LEGENDARY ALBUM FOR GROOVE FANS IN THE UK!
THANKS
THIS IS TOO MUCH!!
LOVE IT!!
LOL!

Wheelie said...

Wow, another fantastic offering from this superb site! Again I had this album in the 80's & was always on the look out for it. Again thanks.
PS, when I Downloaded it all the track listing was in Japanese, anyone out there help me with the track titles?

bacoso said...

I unzipped the file I originally upped which I had re-written in english and its the same.Strange!Hey ho -Tracks are now listed anyway.

lemoncat,, said...

wow! that's a great album iv'e never heard this before..thanks for sharing it,, you have a fantastic blog with lots of killer music.. love it

Jazz-Nekko said...

wheelie & bacoso:

the tracks automatically become japanese with those pcs which have asian fonts, particulary japanese font capability installed. . . smart technology -

not a problem here in tokyo, though - ;-)

bacoso, i wanted to let you know that on the 22nd of this month, i will go see toki perform! he has a 2-set show in a nearby jazz dinner cafe. for about 30 quid, i can step back into those oldy-moldy'80s j-fusion.

cheers,

jn

Risbo said...

Thank you for educating the likes of myself who came to jazz too late for this. And what a beautiful music it is indeed! I wish I could repay you in kind but don't own anything rare by your standards. Keep it up please!