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.