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Plays Standards by Kosuke Mine
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Artist/Band:Kosuke Mine
Name:Plays Standards
Cat No.:GNCL-1161
Performed by:Kosuke Mine (tenor sax)
Fumio Itabashi (piano)
Nobuyoshi Ino (bass)
Hiroshi Murakami (drums)
Hiroshi Fukumura (trombone)
Keiji Matsushima (trumpet)
Release Date:05/28/2008
Description:Kosuke Mine (b. 1944) is one of the best-known jazz saxophonists in Japan. Starting out on alto sax and later switching to tenor, he has performed and/or recorded with Masaaki Kikuchi, Sadao Watanabe, Mal Waldron, Joe Henderson and Gil Evans. Mine was an original member of Native Son, a very popular fusion group that made hits after hits during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

An artist who has always emphasized his own compositions, Mihe had never recorded an "all standards" album before. For this very special occasion, Mine brought his regular quartet of top Japanese musicians and invited two guests: veteran trombonist Hiroshi Fukumura and younger trumpeter Keiji Matsushima. The result is a hard-boiled, seriously swinging bebop album. Mine's somewhat alto-like tenor sound is very unique, and his improvisations are simply amazing.

The engineer used vintage tube microphones to capture the horns, and latest, wide-range microphones for other instruments. He used no EQ and relied on microphone placements for tonal balance. This purist approach gives this CD a great sound. This is one of rare occasions where the quality of performance and the quality of sound are both superb. Highly recommended!

Produced by Kenny Inaoka. Recorded at Sound Inn, Tokyo, on February 11 & 12, 2008.

Album Tracks:
1. You Are My EverythingMP3 Sample
2. Beautiful Love
3. Peace
4. Half NelsonMP3 Sample
5. Ceora
6. I Hear A Rhapsody
7. Lament
8. Oh, Gee!MP3 Sample
9. 'Round Midnight
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