Masaru Imada Quartet – Now!! (1970) [Japan 2007]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:46 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,56 GB
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Masaru Imada is a Japanese jazz pianist and composer. “Now!!” was the second album released by the fledgling Three Blind Mice, and the pianist’s first leader album for the label. All four tunes are Imada’s original compositions. The two slow numbers – “Nostalgia” and “The Shadow of the Castle” show his lyrical, “quiet but emotional”, qualities. “Alter” is an adventurous tune whose focus is on free improvisation while “Gehi Dorian” is a modal composition as the title suggests.
Essential Japanese Jazz album recorded for TBM, second as a leader by pianist Masaru Imada featuring Ichiro Mimori, Takashi ‘Gon’ Mizuhashi & Masahiko Ozu. Masaru Imada is one of these Japanese Jazz masters who evolved in various “figurehead” groups of the Japanese Jazz, at the dawn of the 70s. Masaru played in groups Takeshi Inomata’s West Liners (alongside Ichiro Mimori), Tadayuki Harada’s group, Bingo Miki’s Inner Galaxy Orchestra and was a former member of the Jiro Inagaki’s Soul Media. His bassist Takashi Mizuhashi was sideman for Sadao Watanabe, George Otsuka, Isao Suzuki, Terumasa Hino and also member of the legendary George Kawaguchi Big 4 & Kosuke Mine Quintet. Titles include original compositions arranged by Masaru Imada including Modal Jazz & free improvisations.
03. Gehi Dorian
04. The Shadow Of The Castle
Masaru Imada – piano
Ichiro Mimori – soprano & tenor sax
Takashi Mizuhashi – bass
Masahiko Ozu – drums
Produced by Takeshi Fujii. Engineered by Yoshihiko Kannnari.
Recorded on August 10 & 11, 1970 at Aoi Studio, Tokyo, Japan.
Three Blind Mice / Sony Music Direct, Japan # MHCP 10043