George Kawaguchi —
Drum Battle ... LP Toshiba (Japan), 1978. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Drummer George Kawaguchi was one of Japan's strongest straight ahead drummers in the 70s – with a fine talent for traditional swing based grooving, in a mode that was inspired by Gene Krupa and Louis Bellson. This set's got George working as one of 4 drummers – 2 more Japanese (Jimmy Takeuchi and Shingo Okudaira) and 1 American (Donald Bailey) – in a style that's kind of an open jam session, with a focus on the drum solos. The record features 3 long tracks – "Drum Boogie", "Bernie's Tune", and "Jumpin At The Woodside" – with added instrumentation that includes piano and Fender Rhodes by Toshihiko Ogawa, tenor by Konosuke Saijo, and trumpet by Tetsuo Fushimi. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Japanese pressing, including the insert.)
Dixieland tunes played by leader Kitamura on clarinet, with Kouichi Kawabe on trombone, Akio Mitsui on trumpet, Akira Kumasaka and Yoshitaka Akimitsu on piano, Ichiro Masuda on vibes, Ikuo Ikezawa on bass, and Hiroshi Sunaga on drums. LP, Vinyl record album