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"Brother" Dean Nagasako –
The Cool Jazz Show, Ka'u Hawaii
It is a breath of fresh air to know that the legendary, super
contemporary jazz musical group Hiroshima is creating great new
music on their own record label. Hiroshima's "Departure" album
continues this Asian influenced musical group awesome vibes on a
definitely positive way on what is a 5 star production. The opening
tune "Have You Ever Wondered" which features it's only guest in
Tetsuya "Tex" Nakamura on Harmonica opens up the exquisite CD in a Stevie Wonder type of
way. And that is saying a lot when you make comparisons to the great Stevie Wonder. More
than adequate Koto playing by the great June Kuramoto shows up on this great opening track.
Meanwhile, "Koto Cruise" lives up to its name with a lot of serious Koto playing by Mrs.
Kuramoto and superb keyboard work by Kimo Cornwell also has to be mentioned. "Blues For
Sendai" is a rather positive tune commemorating the Japanese tragedy of March, 2011 which
seems so far away. A meaningful flute solo by band leader of Hiroshima Dan Kuramoto is of
noteworthy discussions. Again the fabulous keyboard work of Mr. Kimo Cornwell shows up on
this tune in addition to June's marvelous Koto playing.
The up tempo and funky "Smiling Jack" is the tune on the "Departure" album which makes you
want to dance. Kimo Cornwell's B3 Hammond Organ wok is of epic proportions. "See You
Again" on the other hand is a mellow tune with great harmonies on the Koto by Mrs. Kuramoto.
It has touches of Hiroshima's mega hit "Thousand Cranes" which is saying a lot. "Yamasong
Duet" is a Taiko and throat singing tune composed by the great Shoji Kameda and features his
"First Nation" a Kimo Cornwell composition portrays the warrior power of indigenous tribes.
Great keyboard work by Mr. Cornwell and Koto playing by June Kuramoto is evident on this
glorious tune. Hiroshima's "Departure" album ends on two remakes in the super hit "Thousand
Cranes" which is at the same time like and different from the original which makes for
interesting listening. "One Wish" a trio of Kimo Cornwell on the keyboards, Dan Kuramoto on
the flutes and Mrs. Kuramoto on the Koto rounds out a superb CD. Enough said!!!
"Brother" Dean Nagasako - 91.7 KAHU FM Radio Announcer on the Cool Jazz Show
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