Sea Breeze: Vinyl LP
Label: Les Très Jazz Club
Release Date: 23rd July
Some of that mind-bending and soul-nourishing jazz soul with knuckle bitingly good playingly. Man, did George Otsuka on drums know how to play with flair and subtlety and surround himself by the most killingest players. One of Japanese jazz fusions finest.
For those who dig: not shelling out big money on discogs but also those who like that jazz soul sound of Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock and going more modern a bit of Dougie Stu and MNDSGN.
George Otsuka (or Ohtsuka), sadly passed away in March 2020, was one of
Japan's most renowned jazz drummers. 'Sea Breeze', released in 1971 on
the Union label, is his first record in quintet formation and is reissued here
on a single LP housed in a gatefold sleeve.
And we can say that George Otsuka knew how to surround himself: Shunzo Ohno is
on trumpet and Flugelhorn, Takao Uematsu on tenor sax and soprano, Takashi Mizuhashi
on bass and Hideo Ichikawa on electric piano.
If all the tracks on this album are solid, included the astonishing cover of "Fool on the Hill",
it is especially "Sea Breeze", the eponymous track opening the album that will make an
impression. A super and long jazz-funk track where the five musicians, in perfect osmosis,
leave each other enough space to express the full extent of their talent.
Recent copies of the original vinyl, which was only released in Japan, have sold for £200-300.
1. Sea Breeze
2. Fool on The Hill
4. Potato Chips
5. Jumping Cats