Don Friedman —
Way We Were ... LP Progressive/Teichiku (Japan), 1978. Near Mint- ...
A Japanese only album from pianist Don Friedman – a record that collects material from his sessions for Progressive records in the late 70s – a set that's definitely progressive, but which also has a heck of a lot of warmth too – that fantastic balance of new ideas and lyricism that made Friedman one of the freshest pianists to emerge in the 60s, and which continued strongly through the course of later records like this! The trio features Frank Luther on bass and Billy Hart on drums – both players who can move openly with Friedman, yet keep things swinging too – a balance that's maybe not instantly heard on record – in ways that are better than we could ever hope to put in words. Titles include "Stella By Starlight", "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life", "I Can't Get Started", "Gone With The Wind", and "Invitation". LP, Vinyl record album
A cool little record – one that features a bit of talking from Kikko at the beginning of each track, but with a groove that's mostly 60s instrumentals overall! Kikko talks sweetly and somewhat sexily – introducing each tune in Japanese briefly, before the record then rolls into some very groovy sounds that are right up there with the best overseas easy work of the time! Many numbers have a slightly gentle groove – bits of guitar, tenor, and strings all stepping nicely together – with that slinky feel that we've heard in other Japanese easy listening records of the period. Titles are all in Japanese, and the album comes as a groovy gatefold with some nice cheesecake photos! LP, Vinyl record album
Yoshiko Sai —
Mikkou ... LP Teichiku/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
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A record with a really trippy cover – and a sound within that mixes elements of that image with a surprisingly sweet and soulful sound! Vocals are in Japanese throughout, and while there's some current of groove to the record, Yoshiko Sai works in a mode that's very different than the smoother styles of the city pop generation – with vocals that are more pronounced over the instrumentation – which flows with this beautiful blend of acoustic and electric elements, encompassing some nice touches from vibes, sitar, and tablas next to more familiar acoustic guitar. There's a really timeless feel to the record – almost a bridging of older Japanese female vocal styles with psychedelic inspiration – hard to describe in words, but really beautiful on vinyl! LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing – with obi and insert!)