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George Kawaguchi - George Kawaguchi Plays Herbie Hancock album

George Kawaguchi - George Kawaguchi Plays Herbie Hancock album
  • Performer George Kawaguchi
  • Title George Kawaguchi Plays Herbie Hancock
  • Date of release 1987
  • Country Germany
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  • Genre Jazz
  • Size MP3 1680 mb
  • Size FLAC 1127 mb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 661

Freewheeling Intense Aggressive Boisterous Cathartic Confident Energetic Fiery Literate Nocturnal Passionate Rollicking Rousing Sophisticated Earthy Visceral. Killer Joe: Art Blakey & George Kawaguchi. This unusual LP finds Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers adding a second drummer, the fine Japanese player George Kawaguchi, to a set featuring three standards and two Kawaguchi pieces. Recorded at a time when Wynton Marsalis was on leave (touring with Herbie Hancock), this date showcases such players as trumpeter Wallace Roney, altoist Branford Marsalis and veteran trombonist Slide Hampton. Fine music, although a bit of an oddity.

Bass – Charles Fambrough. Drums – George Kawaguchi. Percussion – Raiji Kawaguchi (tracks: A2). Piano – Donald Browne. Producer – Teo Macero.

1. Cantalope Island Written-By – Herbie. 2. Dolphin Dance Written-By – Herbie. 3. Watermelon Man Written-By – Herbie. 4. Speak Like A Child Written-By – Herbie. 5. The Eye Of The Hurricane Written-By – Herbie Hancock.

Herbie Hancock: An Introduction Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while still maintaining his unique, unmistakable voice. Herbie's success at expanding the possibilities of musical thought has placed him in the annals of this century's visionaries. With an illustrious career spanning five decades, he continues to amaze audiences and never ceases to expand the public's vision of what music, particularly jazz, is all about today.

After George Coleman and Sam Rivers each took a turn at the saxophone spot, the quintet gelled with Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone. This quintet is often regarded as one of the finest jazz ensembles yet. While in Davis's band, Hancock also found time to record dozens of sessions for the Blue Note label, both under his own name and as a sideman with other musicians such as Shorter, Williams, Grant Green, Bobby Hutcherson, Rivers, Byrd, Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. Hancock toured with Williams and Carter in 1981, recording Herbie Hancock Trio, a five-track live album released only in Japan. A month later, he recorded Quartet with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, released in the US the following year. Hancock, Williams, and Carter toured internationally with Wynton Marsalis and his brother, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, in what was known as "VSOP II".

Joji "George" Kawaguchi (川口譲二) (June 15, 1927, Fukakusa, Kyoto - November 1, 2003, Tokyo) was a Japanese jazz drummer and bandleader. Kawaguchi was raised in Dairen, Manchukuo, at that time a Japanese-occupied territory. He played in his father's ensemble as a teenager, and after World War II moved back to Japan, where he embarked on a career in jazz.

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Contact Herbie Hancock on Messenger. Looking back on Herbie’s twelfth album, Head Hunters, which was released on this day in 1973. Recorded at Wally Heider Studios and Different Fur Trading Co. in San Francisco, the album went on to become one of Herbie’s best known records and represented a landmark moment in jazz history. The album was later added to the Library Of Congress’s National Recording Registry which collects "culturally, historically or aesthetically important" sound recordings from the 20th century.

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Cantalope Island
Written-By – Herbie Hancock
A2 Dolphin Dance
Written-By – Herbie Hancock
A3 Watermelon Man
Written-By – Herbie Hancock
A4 Speak Like A Child
Written-By – Herbie Hancock
B1 The Eye Of The Hurricane
Written-By – Herbie Hancock
B2 Funky H. H.
Written-By – Donald Harrison
B3 Maiden Voyage
Written-By – Herbie Hancock

Companies, etc.

  • Record Company – King Record Co. Ltd


  • Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone – Donald Harrison
  • Art Direction – Shigo Yamaguchi
  • Double Bass – Takashi Mizuhashi
  • Drums – George Kawaguchi
  • Engineer – Hatsuro Takanami
  • Engineer [Assistant] – Hiroyuki Tsuji
  • Executive Producer [Ececutive Producer] – Motohiko Takawa
  • Photography [Cover Photo] – Katsu-Umi Yutani
  • Piano – Cyrus Chestnut (tracks: A3, B2, B3), Hideo Ichikawa (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B1)
  • Producer – Shigeyuki Kawashima
  • Trumpet – Terence Blanchard


Recorded at KING Studio, Tokyo, July 31, 1987

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
K32Y 6206 George Kawaguchi George Kawaguchi Plays Herbie Hancock ‎(CD, Album) Paddle Wheel, Bellaphon Records K32Y 6206 Germany 1987
K28P 6469 George Kawaguchi George Kawaguchi Plays Herbie Hancock ‎(LP, Album) Paddle Wheel, Bellaphon K28P 6469 Germany 1987
none George Kawaguchi George Kawaguchi Plays Herbie Hancock ‎(LP, Album, TP) Paddle Wheel none Germany 1987
K32Y 6206 George Kawaguchi George Kawaguchi Plays Herbie Hancock ‎(CD, Album) Paddle Wheel K32Y 6206 Japan 1987
CDJ 655 George Kawaguchi Maiden Voyage The Music Of Herbie Hancock ‎(CD, Album) Paddle Wheel CDJ 655 US 1987