An early US session from trumpeter TerumasaHino – working here in a very long and stretched-out style – very much the most edgy modes of his earliest years! Tracks are all quite long, and really open up with fierce horn work – both from Hino on trumpet and flugelhorn, and from the great Steve Grossman on tenor and soprano sax – blowing boldly to match Terumasa's youthful energy on the record. The set also gets plenty of propulsion from Motohiko Hino on drums – who plays like a mofo on the album's opener – and get some especially soulful focus from Harold Mabern on electric piano and Richard Davis on bass – both great players who complete this unique lineup. The centerpiece of the album is the 18 minute title cut – "Introduction/Alone Together" – and the other two tracks are originals by Hino – "Satsuki" and "Make Left". CD
TerumasaHino/Masabumi Kikuchi Quintet —
Acoustic Boogie ... CD Somethin Else/Blue Note (Japan), 1995. Used ...
A pair of Japanese jazz giants – sounding really wonderful here in a mid 90s session for the Somethin Else/Blue Note label! The set definitely lives up to its title – as both Hino and Kikuchi had played often in electric modes, but are heard here in a tight quintet that's very back to basics – a solid style that's a mix of hardbop and some modern touches – with all of the vivid colors we've come to expect from both players over the years! Kikuchi's piano is especially nice – very rhythmic and pulsing, without ever trying too hard – and the group also features alto from Greg Osby, bass from James Genus, and drums from Billy Kilson. Titles include "Monk's Dilemma", "Summer Mist", "The Moon Dog", "Sliced Wild Potatoes", and "Thump". CD