Takuya Kuroda – Rising Son

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“Japan-born/N.Y.C.-based trumpeter Takuya Kuroda’s Blue Note Records debut, 2014’s Rising Son, is a funky, soul and hip-hop-infused affair featuring production from acclaimed jazz vocalist José James.  Kuroda delves deep into a ’70s fusion, funk, and Afro-beat-influenced sound that is at once contemporary and vintage in approach. And while this is unquestionably a jazz album, nothing on Rising Son feels like an intellectual harmonic exercise. Ultimately, Rising Son isn’t just Kuroda’s major-label debut, it’s a major artistic statement.” – AllMusic

Here’s what Takuya has to say about it:

“No one sounds like Takuya. His tone, warmth and most of all his storytelling have inspired me for years. His writing is soulful, modern, and effortlessly bridges the gap between jazz and soul, and between history and tomorrow.” Jose James

Before Kuroda arrived in the U.S. in 2000, he grew up in Kobe, Japan and followed his older, trombone-playing brother’s footsteps by joining the junior high school jazz band. While in Japan, Kuroda played in jazz bands for 12 years, from junior high school through college jazz big band. But he says that he really got into jazz by playing on the local jazz scene with the smaller combos. “The big band was just playing music charts; it didn’t have much improvisation,” Kuroda explains, “I sat in with a lot of the elders on the local scene. They showed me so much love.”

 

 

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2 comments

  1. I read and listen about Kuroda here…and later I go to buy the CD. Great post and suggestion, thanks

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