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Departure

by Hiroshima

Hiroshima is one of the most innovative jazz groups today blending Japanese and American instruments to create a unique and fresh sound that has become a staple in contemporary jazz for many years.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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1. Have You Ever Wondered
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2. Koto Cruise
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6:06 album only
3. Blues for Senda
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6:04 album only
4. Smiling Jack
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5:12 album only
5. See You Again (Ja Mata Ne Moody)
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5:31 album only
6. Yamasong Duet
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4:25 album only
7. First Nation
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4:56 album only
8. Thousand Cranes (2011)
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4:40 album only
9. One Wish (Trio Version)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Hiroshima is the only Asian band to receive a Grammy-nomination and they have two. Legacy featured songs from the first 10 years and celebrated the band’s 30 years in the industry.  Departure, number 18 for the celebrated Hiroshima who has created it’s own voice. . .  One of the most unique bands in the world, Hiroshima combines traditional Japanese instruments, including koto, taiko and shakuhachi with western instruments and harmony, embracing rhythms ranging from Jazz to Latin and R&B --a blend referred to by famed British producer Robin Millar as “Urban World Music.”
 
After more than 30 years in the recording industry -- and almost 4 million records sold – Hiroshima decided to leave record companies behind and venture on our own.  It’s kinda scary, but given the changes in the music industry and what it’s now going to take for us to survive, we are moving toward direct contact with the community.
 
Departure is a new beginning for Hiroshima in many ways. The songs are all originals with just one guest artist, the incredible harmonica player Tetsuya “Tex” Nakamura, featured on the luscious opening track, “Have You Ever Wondered,” composed by June and Kimo.  “Koto Cruise,” is the second song and features a funky groove and a burning koto solo.  “Blues for Sendai” is just that.  There’s a tribute to our friend and mentor James Moody, who passed last December.  It’s called “See You Again,” and there is a lot of ‘quoting’ from his “Moody’s Mood for Love.”  After many years of requests, we have recorded our first full-on taiko solo ever, “Yamasong”--a live recording that really captures Shoji and Danny’s fierce interplay.  “First Nation,” a composition by the Hawaiian Kimo Cornwell, is a powerhouse of a song embracing many cultures, as does our reincarnation of “Thousand Cranes.”  The CD ends with a soulful version of “One Wish,” done as an acoustic trio.


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