18 August 2009
HIDEO SHIRAKI - IN FIESTA
Hideo Shiraki for Teichiku Japan from 1961.
Rare super tough hard bop session from Japan featuring the killer koto led and drum driven bomb "In Fiesta".
Reissued in Japan by Kyoto Jazz Massive for Think in a blink and miss it moment back in 2005 but now out of print.
The old Dusty Groove blurb:
A brilliant early album from Japanese drummer Hideo Shiraki a jazz session that bristles with the same intensity as key late 50s work by Benny Golson or Gigi Gryce! Although Hideo's leading the group on drums, his work on the kit is remarkably subtle done with the snappingly rhythmic style that marked some of Golson's best modern experiments of a few years before not nearly as bombastic as his stint with Art Blakey, and more in the rhythmically stepping quality of his work with Art Farmer in the Jazztet. Key players on the session include Hidehiko Matsumoto on tenor and flute and Yuzuru Sera on piano both of whom give the album a fluid grace that's really beautiful soulful edges that allow the record to stand equally next to anything coming out of the US at the time. One track features a bit of koto at the start -- echoing Shiraki's later world jazz experiments but most of the set is straight modern hardbop, with tracks that include "Blue Romeo", "Etude No 1", "Just One Or Eight", "You Don't Know What Love Is", and Benny Golson's "Five Spot After Dark".