Kokoro | Inspiration Flow

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Herbie Hancock Jamiroquai Stevie Wonder

More Artists From
CANADA - Québec

Other Genres You Will Love
Pop: 70's Pop Urban/R&B: Funk
There are no items in your wishlist.

Inspiration Flow

by Kokoro

Poetically fused groovescapes
Genre: Pop: 70's Pop
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
just a few left.
order now!
Share to Google +1

Tracks

To listen to tracks you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Sorry, there has been a problem playing the clip.

  song title
artist name
share
time
download
1. Siren of Dreams
Share this song!
X
5:11 album only
2. Possibly Possible
Share this song!
X
6:31 album only
3. Better Left Unsaid
Share this song!
X
4:31 album only
4. Lazy Rain
Share this song!
X
3:59 album only
5. Liquid Knife
Share this song!
X
3:42 album only
6. No Expectations
Share this song!
X
3:53 album only
7. Inspiration Flow
Share this song!
X
2:53 album only
8. Don't Buy It
Share this song!
X
3:50 album only
9. Standing on a Stage
Share this song!
X
8:22 album only
10. Recent Times
Share this song!
X
2:55 album only
11. Greed
Share this song!
X
4:19 album only
preview all songs

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Kokoro is the music and words of Dan Weiskopf in collaboration with some amazing montreal friends and musicians. Unfortunately the band has moved away from each other bringing Kokoro to a premature end. This album was their first and only self-produced studio creation put together in the fall of 2004 in just three short days in a Montreal studio and mastered in NYC. Dan is moving to Seattle to start a new project and will soon have a website up with his new material. That website will also contain the lyrics for the songs on this album that were promised to be posted on the kokoro website that is no longer up.



ORIGINAL TEXT:

"In their short existence since being drawn together as a quartet at Montreal's McGill University, Kokoro has quickly built a foundation of inventive and original songs based on undeniably tight musical chemistry. Named after the Japanese term for heart, Kokoro displays a passion for producing creative music while being sure to give themselves plenty of room to grow.

Their debut, self-produced, album Inspiration Flow offers a distinct fusion of jazz, funk, rock, hip-hop and R&B melded into eleven original tracks. Although Kokoro's formula of keyboards, bass, drums and vocals is commonplace among the jazz/funk realm, it's their artistic songwriting and musicianship that allow them to keep listeners interested."
--Dustin Glass, (http://www.glidemagazine.com/2/reviews598.html)



Kokoro is not only a fresh band but a fresh sound. Spiraling down like a tornado upon the scattered live music scene, kokoro devours everything in its path weaving styles and sending them skyward. Brought together by Mcgill, Kokoro is a team of 4 compulsive groove-busters; Dan Weiskopf (vocals/songwriter), David Ryshpan (keyboards/melodica) Jim Bennett(bass guitar), and Kevin Warren (drums/percussion). This new quartet brews a vibe that is both chill and intense, breeding beauty by energized fun. Through poetry, Kokoro joins contagious groovescapes sautéed in vocals and smothered with improvisation. Each song is a work in itself which creates a new world, encompassing an entirely different sphere from the song played just before it-although both are recognizably produced by the same unique band.



"This new Montreal quartet is a bit more than just a classy, upscale jazz-funk jam-band deal...Whereas the vocals and lyrics in this genre are usually just icing on the cake, here they're the very heart of the matter, erudite, inventive and confident." --Rupert Bottenberg, MONTREAL MIRROR Oct 28



"You guys rock!"
-- An enthusiastic fan at Kokoro's Saint Patty's Day party at Le Swimming 2004


Reviews


to write a review

D. Glass (Glidemagazine.com)

"a solid debut"
(Tuesday, November 30, 2004)
In their short existence since being drawn together as a quartet at Montreal’s McGill University, Kokoro has quickly built a foundation of inventive and original songs based on undeniably tight musical chemistry. Named after the Japanese term for heart, Kokoro displays a passion for producing creative music while being sure to give themselves plenty of room to grow.

Their debut, self-produced, album Inspiration Flow offers a distinct fusion of jazz, funk, rock, hip-hop and R&B melded into eleven original tracks. Although Kokoro’s formula of keyboards, bass, drums and vocals is commonplace among the jazz/funk realm, it’s their artistic songwriting and musicianship that allow them to keep listeners interested.

Featuring poetic scatting and rapping over tight harmonies and appealing grooves, Kokoro’s overall sound is comparable to bands like Vermont’s Manifest Nexto Me and New York’s Grandfather Ridiculous, but as evident on Inspiration Flow, they show plenty of promise for creating their own sound. The album begins on a mellow note with R&B tinged tracks like “Possibly Possible” and “Better Left Unsaid,” but quickly picks up the pace with “Lazy Rain.” One of the album’s more energizing songs, keyboardist David Ryshpan’s clever harmonic stabs provide a wonderful backdrop to Dan Weiskopf’s quirky scat-style vocals. “Liquid Knife” stands out as possibly the album’s strongest and most inventive track. Weiskoph’s poetic scat/rapping over head-bobbing funk shows Kokoro’s potential as a live force. Ryshpan’s Herbie Hancock style rhythmic fills complement the solid bass playing of Jim Bennett and intuitive drumming of Kevin Warren throughout the album, including on tracks such as the striking “Greed”. While Weiskopf’s lyrical subject matter certainly varies from song to song, his view on capitalism is apparent on tracks such as “Don’t Buy It” and the title track, where he iterates “People tell me I gotta work for the dime/what is money when there’s limited time/my dream is just a step ahead of me/ still I’m standing stagnant stuck in line.”

Kokoro seems to excel when they branch out and jam, as indicated on tracks such as the aforementioned “Don’t Buy it” and “Standing on a Stage,” showcasing skillful musical interaction. Kokoro is at their strongest when Weiskoph is rapping & scatting. Conversely, the album suffers at points where Weiskopf attempts to sing out of his normal range, most apparent on the opener “Siren of Dreams.” Despite vocal shortcomings on a couple of tracks, Inspiration Flow remains a solid debut from one of Montreal’s freshest sounding up and coming bands.

daveb

Inspired words with a serious groove
Imporv jazz and spoken word are things meant to be experienced live, and so is the case of Montreal's Kokoro. The fortudinous foursome has graced the stage many an evening. Their debut CD release Inspiration Flow begs the question: is their studio-brew as tasty as a live gig? After just a couple listens, I give a resounding YES! The title says it all, as Dan Weiskopf's mind-wandering words give the listener something to think about as well as dance about. His lyrics transcend the ordinary and apolitical, sending swooning messages that all can appreciate. This is what separates Kokoro from the jam-pack: not only are their tunes jam-packed but each has a tone, spirit, and vibe of its own. However, the band still finds time to jam. The instrumentals are enveloping and exceptionally stelar in their sybiosis with the vocals. Their blend is unique and hard to pin down, but one thing is for sure: don't leave this gem of a band "Standing on a Stage", take 'em home.

Mikey Mass

"Simply sweet, rythmatic poetry to the ears. Quality without a doubt"....

Adam K.

Not Just A Jamband
The music on this CD really does seem to defy category. The band's local following can be described as the jamband crowd, but the jamming isn't at all what makes the CD or the songs good. It's isn't the grooves either, even though every moment of it can be danced to. Dan (the singer-songwriter) really tells a story in each song. For this reason, Kokoro reminds me of Stevie Wonder more than any other band, even though the genres seem very different on the surface.
Songwriter Dan Weiskopf does not fall into the trap other jam band artists all to easily fall into of setting a groove and being satisfied at that. Each song comes from a distinct idea. Each song is notable for the clear attention Dan pays to composition, with multiple musical phases which build on each other rather than just repeat over and over again. The songs also have interesting and innovative harmonies and poetic, while at the same time pointful lyric-writing - from what this listener can tell. If you are looking for real music this album sacrifices none of it while remaining listenable and danceable. To directly contradict one of the song's titles, Buy It!