Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Kiyoshi Sugimoto's L.A. Master from 1978, Japan




Kiyoshi Sugimoto is a Japanese jazz guitarist who made this wonderful fusion album in the heyday of the genre.  There is some lightness to the composition here (including some highly George Bensonish discoid funk styles with female harmony vocals), but also enough decent originality to keep us hooked on the 200-lb test line all the way until the very end as we are reeled onto the deck of the boat, and proceed to slowly suffocate like a bluefin tuna, and indeed the last track doesn't disappoint, being the best of the lot.  It's called Moving:





And it comes right after a pretty acoustic guitar solo track called I'm blind to all but you.

Incidentally his earlier record called Our Time, from 1975, is much more blues/funk oriented and was a bit disappointing in comparison, though it had its moments.  A good comparison would be the later, post-80s Karl Ratzer albums.





13 comments:

  1. https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/ukz481



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  2. Thanks for this, Julian!
    Maybe you have his rare album, Babylonia Wind? https://behardbop.blogspot.com/2011/02/kiyoshi-sugimoto-babylonia-wind-1971.html One of my most seeked...

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  3. Sugimoto's babylonia wind:
    http://www28.zippyshare.com/v/Ha1fl7ky/file.html

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  4. Maybe I'm lucky and you also have the second rarest album from him... Country Dream: https://www.discogs.com/Kiyoshi-Sugimoto-Quartet-Country-Dream/master/851080

    Sorry to be so demanding. :P

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  5. Dear Julian,I've been looking for a long time, all the 70's albums by Akira Ishikawa & Count buffaloes
    ( https://www.discogs.com/it/artist/443229-Akira-Ishikawa-Count-Buffaloes )
    in particular this :
    ( https://www.discogs.com/it/Jiro-Inagaki-Soul-Media-Tetsu-Ozawa-Akira-Yasuda-Beat-Folk-Tan-Tan-Eddie-Ban-And-Orient-Express-Akir/release/5974034 )
    Can you help me? Thanks in advance

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  6. I wasn't moved by Moving (falling-asleep music) but found something else likeable on the album - so thanks. For all you do.

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  7. LYSERGICFUNK, you might try cuncun revival. I'm thought I may have seen them there.

    Julian, I have: Jochen Schrumpf's Ceddo, but there are apparently a few more. Any chance for a Kauai jazz lover? Mahalo.

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  8. Julian do you have the other Kiyoshi Sugimoto Quintet
    Mingos Musico 1973

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  9. I don't have the Country Dream from him and I can't find Mingos Musico, sorry

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  10. I am trying to find 'One More'. I have all the rest, except for the Japan-only live recording.

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  11. http://jpop80ss.blogspot.com.br/search?q=kiyoshi+sugimoto&btnG=Search

    links for country dream, our time, guitar method & la master

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