Tokyo Blues (180gm)


Format: LP, Vinyl


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Release date: 24 Aug 2018
Format: LP, Vinyl
Grade: New (About gradings)
SKU: 54778
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This superb set of typically ebullient Horace Silver tunes was recorded on 13th and 14th July 1962. ‘Tokyo Blues’ followed a successful tour of Japan by the Horace Silver Quintet. ‘Tokyo Blues’ is Horace at his best. The sheer natural exuberance and delight is evident throughout. Whilst the Japanese influence is evident, Silver’s natural Latin influence is as prominent, if not more so. Cuts like ‘Too Much Sake’ and ‘Ah! So’ are marvelous early sixties Jazz grooves. ‘Tokyo Blues’ is classic Blue Note and one of those compositions that is instantly recognizable. Stand out is the thunderous ‘Sayonara Blues’; the horn lines are awesomely powerful courtesy of Junior Cook and Blue Mitchell. Mitchell begins with a muscular solo, Cook follows and delivers a soulful statement (can’t understand why he was the perennial sideman). It is however Horace Silver’s piano playing that steals the show. His left-hand rhythm is infectious, his right playing the melody is captivating. ‘Sayonara Blues just might be this writer’s favourite Blue Note track of all-time (and there is some competition). ‘Tokyo Blues’ is proof if any were needed that Jazz can be accessible. It shows too the genius of Horace Silver. The rhythm is supplied by Gene Taylor on bass and John Harris Jr on drums, both of whom excel on this quintessential Blue Note album. Awesome.

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