Rising Son

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Available from 11/09/2014

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Ascendant trumpeter and composer Takuya Kuroda is set to make his Blue Note debut with the release of Rising Son , produced by José James. Kuroda, who is best known for his inspired presence in James' band, steps forth here to helm that remarkable band which features keyboardist Kris Bowers, electric bassist Solomon Dorsey, drummer Nate Smith, and trombonist Corey King. The album features guest musicians such as Jose James in a hypnotic version of the Roy Ayers classic "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" where he lends his captivating baritone. The imaginative guitarist Lionel Loueke also contributes a bluesy, percussive solo to one of the album's standout tracks "Afro Blues."
"No one sounds like Takuya," says James. "His writing is soulful, modern, and effortlessly bridges the gap between jazz and soul, and between history and tomorrow."
Afrobeat rhythms play a crucial role throughout Rising Son, reflective of Kuroda's six-year participation in the New York-based Afrobeat ensemble, Akoya. Afrobeat's entrancing shuffle propels several of the album's tracks including the tantalizing "Afro Blues," one of the album's six original tunes on which Kuroda's spiky trumpet melody with urban swagger evokes Lee Morgan, one of Kuroda's significant influences along with Clifford Brown and Miles Davis. The album also features two Roy Ayers' gems - "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" and "Green & Gold."
With his close association with James, Kuroda is primed to become a major voice on the 21st century modern soul-jazz scene with Rising Son signaling a new dawn.
Product Description
New 2014 album on Blue Note Records from NYC trumpet player featuring 'Afro Blues' & 'Piri Piri'.Producer Jose James is guest vocalist on 'Everybody Loves The Sunshine'.

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