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Mabumi Yamaguchi Quartet – Leeward. Vinyl LP

Mabumi Yamaguchi Quartet – Leeward. Vinyl LP


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A1. Dawn (Yamaguchi) - 12:34
A2. Dewdrop (Yamaguchi) - 7:00
B1. Distant Thunder (Yamaguchi) - 10:35
B2. Leeward (Yamaguchi) - 9:32


Mabuchi Yamaguchi 山口真文 tenor, soprano sax
Ichiro Doi 土井一郎 piano, Fender Rhodes
Ikuo Sakurai 桜井郁雄 bass
Hideo Sekine 関根英雄 drums

Leeward, released in 1978 on Union record, is the second album by tenor and soprano saxophonist Mabumi Yamaguchi. Here the quartet comprises of Ikuo Sakurai on bass, Hideo Sekine on drums and Ichiro Doi on piano and electric piano. Leeward opens with "Dawn" a long and slow piece led by a Fender Rhodes played in flanger mode, on which Mabumi Yamaguchi expresses a certain melancholy, which we also find on "Dewdrop", a duet piece with Ichiro Doi at the piano. The rhythm picks up on "Distant thunder", a kind of jazz-funk samba in which Mabumi Yamaguchi lets each of his musicians take a long chorus before ending by taking up the haunting theme of this superb piece. The beautiful "Leeward" closes the album in a slightly more traditional but equally mastered style. It is not known if the cover of this album contributed to its lack of success when it was released, but it is almost impossible today to find an original pressing of this record.

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