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30 de jun de 2010

"...and now the legendary band... CASIOPEA!!!!!!"

Já me perguntaram se sou "japa" porque gosto de postar sons orientais.
Mas tanto faz se fosse ou não, prq pra mim o óbvio é que música não tem nacionalidade, música é boa ou ruim e ponto.
O maior problema dos brazucas é serem de tal forma discriminadores que classificam como "aquela banda japonesa" ou lembra daquele som italiano?" mas sempre citam nome e sobrenome qdo se fala de Zep, Stones, Purple, Sabath e tantos outros como Kiss, Ac/Dc e por ai afora.

Isto demonstra realmente o colonialismo do qual fomos massacrados e ainda temos dificuldade em enfrentá-lo, mas acredito que se nós que vivemos nessa espécie de redoma "USA/UK" nos propusermos a fuçar encontraremos verdadeiras jóias como esta já considerada "legendária banda Casiopea".
Em outras épocas ainda no início da minha lida em blogs (nossa pareceu uma eternidade não? como nós lobos somos dramáticos,rs)eu já tinha um bom contato com o meio musical de vários países por amigos de lá ou morando lá fora e através deles fui tomando maior contato com vertentes mil que chegaram a dar um nó no meu pobre cérebro (será que ainda sobrou muito pra ser usado?) e no meu HD é claro.

Como adquiri uma infinidade de trabalhos de todos os campos resolvi postar o que possuo mas com esses uploads movidos a lenha é uma dificuldade que tira o tesão de qqr um postar algo, mas vamos nessa.... tentar polvilhar um pouco de cada e nessa percebi a afinidade entre o "Richard.Drummer and me" em relação à estes sons afinal foi de lá que trouxe o "RX"que já conhecia através do John Wetton mas não encontrava e agora fuçando em seu blog vi essa capa que acho uma obra prima e lembrei que havia prometido postar esta lenda da música e faz tempo, os caras que deram aquele empurrão necessário pra o som de lá ser reconhecido e respeitado no mesmo nível dos tais "dinossauros".
Promessa cumprida e ainda com texto do "Fusion Jazz and Something Else" pra dar qualidade segue o que considero uma das melhores bandas que já ouvi mas que tem várias de tão ou até melhor qualidade que já vieram na sequência e isso é fantástico.


"I hope that the legendary Japanese fusion band Casiopea needs little introduction. Full Colors is the second release from Casiopea without Akira Jimbo and Tetsuo Sakurai, who both left the band in 1989. Despite that, "Full Colors" is an important album in Casiopea's history and has a noticeably different feeling than their albums from the 80's. This CD contains the original release of "Fightman", a huge hit for Casiopea. "Navigators" and "Once In A Blue Moon" were also added to Casiopea's live setlists. Please enjoy this fantastic music from my favourite band of all time."

Players:

Issei Noro (guitar)
Minoru Mukaiya (keyboards)
Yoshihiro Naruse (bass)
Masaaki Hiyama (drums)


Tracklist:

1. Fightman
2. The Sky
3. Passionate Voltage
4. Purple Hours
5. Final Chance
6. Akappachi-ism
7. Private Sunday
8. Search My Heart
9. Street of Dreams
10. Navigators
11. Once In A Blue Moon
12. Top Wind


Obs: alguns ainda tem problemas com formato de arquivo e como disse mantive o som no original de 91 e este roda em qqr player atual e não precisa de conversor apesar de alguns acharem "pesado"o padrão de qualidade é próximo do flac e qdo posso mantenho assim, sei que fica mais lento pra quem tem conexão à lenha, mas não dá pra agradar a todos e com paciencia e com jeito....ops!!!

Obs: Post original em 26/08/09; mas estava dividido em duas partes num host que achava que prestasse, não bastasse me deletarem em dois e deletarem agora quase um por semana, o host não presta como dizia, que mantinha seus arquivos indevinidamente, mesmo sendo baixados um link já era, aí voltamos a nossa programação normal,rs

楽しむ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

23 de mar de 2010

Casiopea - Mint Jams - 1982 (Vinyl remaster)

Como alguns já sabem sou um apaixonado por sonoridades e principalmente qdo feitas em lugares diferentes dos grandes centros ou mecas musicais e tb sem a mesma midia bombardeando minha cabeça tentando me mostrar que é bom porque eles acham que deve ser.

Casiopeia faz parte de uma geração que tb como nós cresceu aos sons dos melhores, dos mais antigos e dos mestres que não tinham nacionalidade, tinham talento. Trix Force, Dimension, Seykima, Yoon DH (que já é da nova geração e arrebenta com Neil Zaza e TM Stevens em Rock'Roll do Zep neste vídeo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZHnH8_LhyQ )são ilustres desconhecidos do chamado mundo culto centrado entre europa e eua, claro com reflexos por acá.
Mas não estou aqui para tentar ensinar nada pra ninguém, quem sou eu?

Só quero mostrar o som que ouço e como são, e prq gosto deles:
O som é simplesmente muito bom quase beirando a perfeição que bandas famosas nem sequer chegam perto; são caras tão na boa que seus trabalhos solo são sempre dedicados aos parceiros de bandas e não se separam assim a toa, mesmo brigados e por último gosto deles prq acho simplesmente uma delícia ouvir esse som funkeado, a lá George Duke, Return to Forever, Black e soul music que hoje é tão dificil de se ouvir.

Creio eu que aqueles que romperem seus preconceitos (se é que já não romperam) terão uma belíssima apresentação e um som pra se ouvir sem cansar; sim sou fã deles e outros virão, mas um vinyl refeito já é por si só uma raridade e ainda mais vindo do oriente; mas mostra do que eles eram capazes já em 82, enquanto só tínhamos olhos pra os de sempre.

Obs: Sei que a bio é extensa, mas acho que em poucos lugares se acha algo assim, e pelo respeito que tenho acho que se sei o que rolou entre tantas bandas, prq não sobre eles?


Casiopea are an almost legendary Japanese jazz fusion band, formed in 1976 by bassist Tetsuo Sakurai, and guitarist Issei Noro.
Casiopea are huge in the Australasian and S.E Asia area, but are not as well known in the West as they should be, despite having toured globally, and with artists like Randy and Michael Brecker, and members of Fourplay, including Lee Ritenour, Harvey Mason, Nathan East and Don Grusin.

If you like high-energy, melodic contemporary jazz fusion expertly played, then you may like "Mint Jams". Check out Casiopea's "Full Colors" album @ CASI/FUCOL The band's "Made In Melbourne" album can be found @ CASI/MIM Casiopea have released many albums, many of which are only available as ovepriced Japanese imports. If you can find it, at a reasonable price, buy their outstanding 1981 album, "Eyes of the Mind", one of the best fusion albums of the early 80's. For more great jazz fusion, check out the following albums, :- The Yellowjacket's "Four Corners", Weather Report's "Black Market", Fourplay's "Between the Sheets", Michael Franks and Crossfire "Live", Spyro Gyra's "Down the Wire", John McLaughlin and Chick Corea's "Five Peace Band Live", and Brand X's "Morrocan Roll".

Casiopea was formed in the late 70's by guitarist Issei Noro, keyboardist Minoru Mukaiya, bassist Tetsuo Sakurai, and drummer Takashi Sasaki, and the quartet released its first, self-titled album in May of 1979. Containing high-energy, yet melodic contemporary jazz and fusion and featuring arrangements fleshed out by a horn section consisting of Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, and David Sanborn, the album set the tone for the band's many future releases and remains one of their best. The song "Midnight Rendezvous" is still a concert staple.

The band's follow-up, Super Flight, was released only six months later, the short gap between the albums being characteristic of the band's prolific output. Thunder Live, the first of several live albums to be put out by the group, followed in 1980. This album marked the first apperance of drummer Akira Jimbo, who replaced Sasaki after the first two studio albums. Jimbo, a world-class fusion drummer renowned for his mastery of 4-way independence (independent movement of the four limbs), completed a line-up that would remain stable for most of the decade. Several albums followed in rapid succession.

1981 saw the band seeking outside help to handle the production chores and turned to ace drummer Harvey Mason (today perhaps best known to smooth jazz fans as a member of Fourplay) for the album Eyes of the Mind, recorded in L.A. Mason's influence lent the group's music a more American sound, and his and Paulinho da Costa's percussion work contributed to making this one of the quartet's best releases. The album was recorded on 32-track digital equipment, practically unheard of in those days. Mason also acted as executive producer on the band's next album, Cross Point.In 1982 followed Mint Jams, a live album recorded in Japan and containing first-rate examples of the band's live performances at this stage in their career. For their next studio album, the band once again turned to guest players. 4x4 - Four By Four, released in late 1982, features Lee Ritenour, Don Grusin, Nathan East, and Harvey Mason, and contains some very interesting arrangements with two players on each instrument. Ritenour also contributed a song and did some of the arrangements, including the surprising choice of Ravel's "Pavane Pour Un Infante Défunte". By this time, Casiopea's reputation was starting to spread outside Japan, and in 1983 the band performed live in England for the first time.

Later that same year, they recorded their tenth album, Jive Jive, in London. The year 1989 turned out to be a watershed in Casiopea's career. After a few years of tension within the band, drummer Akira Jimbo and bassist Tetsuo Sakurai left to pursue solo careers (to be covered in future editions of this column), and the two remaining members came close to calling it quits. It is the only year in the band's history that did not see the release of a studio or live album from the fusion foursome. A laserdisc was released, but no album. However, replacements were found, and in 1990, Casiopea returned with The Party, the first album to feature new members Yoshihiro Naruse and Masaaki Hiyama.

With his energetic stage presence, Naruse seemed to inject some new energy into the band, and the quartet was set to enter the 90's with a more aggressive and slightly more hard-edged sound. One of Japan's premier bass players, Naruse has a distinct style (partly due to his frequent use of double strings), and like Sakurai before him, is a master slapper. With this new line-up, Casiopea recorded two more studio albums, 1991's Full Colors and 1992's Active, as well as another live album, We Want More.
In late 1992, Hiyama was replaced by Noriaki Kumagai on drums, and with him on board, the band recorded Dramatic, released in 1993.
More varied both in terms of arrangements and songwriting, the album stands out as one of the band's best 90's releases. In 1994, Casiopea was particularly busy. May saw the release of Answers, a new studio album recorded in Hawaii. For its 25th album, released only three months later, the band decided to try something different. The result was Hearty Notes, a kind of "unplugged" recording featuring only acoustic instruments. In December followed Asian Dreamer, a double CD containing new versions of 20 classic Casiopea songs.

Not about to slow down even after this busy year, Casiopea returned in 1995 with a new studio recording called Freshness. In 1996, the band appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Hague, Holland following the recording of a new album in Amsterdam. Later that year, Kumagai left the band, and rather than finding a permanent replacement, the remaining members decided to call upon a couple of old friends for the recording of their next album, Light and Shadows. Reuniting with Harvey Mason, the band recorded three tracks in L.A., while former member Akira Jimbo occupied the drum chair on the remaining eight tracks.

With Jimbo back as an "associate member" and even contributing a few songs, Casiopea recorded two more studio albums, including 1999's Material, which marked the 20th anniversary of the band's debut. Following the release of the new CD, the band embarked on a tour of Japan, with a special anniversary concert taking place in Tokyo. With Jimbo behind the drums, the band was joined by some special guests during the second part of the show: former members Tetsuo Sakurai and Noriaki Kumagai, as well as keyboardist Hidehiko Koike, who was a member of the band in the 70's before they got a record deal. The show was recorded and filmed, and a double live CD called 20th came out in early 2000.

The first disc is devoted mainly to recent material, but also includes a 37-minute medley structured as a flashback chronicling each year in the band's history. Each song in the medley is a year older than the previous one, until the band ends up playing "Space Road" from their first album in 1979. The second disc is devoted to the guest portion of the show, including some very potent drum and bass battles between the current and former members. The whole show was also released on VHS video and DVD. With new studio albums, Bitter Sweet and Main Gate, having been released in 2000 and 2001, Casiopea has entered the 21st century as prolific and energetic as ever.

The band has also entered the world of DVD's: The DVD version of their double live CD has already been mentioned above, and other notable titles available are Casiopea Live History Part 1 and Part 2, which both are double DVD's containing 2 concert recordings each, from 1985, 1986, 1988, and 1992. The first disc in Casiopea Live History Part 2 is the video version of the World Live '88 CD release mentioned above, with recordings from Brazil, Australia, Japan, Mexico, and the USA. Yet another DVD, The Mint Session (1997), contains live performances recorded in a studio and features guest spots by former bassist Tetsuo Sakurai, as well as drummer Akira Jimbo.

All the DVD's mentioned in this paragraph are playable in all regions. While Casiopea can be criticized for a certain sameness in their music, rarely straying far from their characteristic sound, the fact remains that their albums exhibit a vigour that is lacking from a lot of typical, run-of-the-mill smooth jazz releases. Another way of looking at it is to say that Casiopea has remained true to their sound and not yielded to the pressures that many American smooth jazz artists are subject to, putting out remarkably consistent albums throughout their 23-year recording career.

© Morten Hansen www.smoothvibes.com/vikingview.html
All tracks composed by Issei Noro
Recorded at Chuo Kaikan Hall, Tokyo, Japan by Tamco Mobile Unit on February 23rd & 24th, 1982
TRACKS

SIDE A

1. "Take Me"
2. "Asayake"
3. "Midnight Rendezvous"
4. "Time Limit"

SIDE B

1. "Domino Line"
2. "Tears of the Star"
3. "Swear"

All tracks composed by Issei Noro
Recorded at Chuo Kaikan Hall, Tokyo, Japan by Tamco Mobile Unit on February 23rd & 24th, 1982

BAND
Issei Noro - (YAMAHA SG-2000 Electric guitar)
Tetsuo Sakurai - (YAMAHA BB-2000 Electric Bass)
Minoru Mukaiya - (YAMAHA GS-1, CS-70M, CP-35, Moog Source, ROLAND Vocoder Plus Keyboards)
Akira Jimbo - (YAMAHA YD-9000R Drums, Percussion)

Obs: link ok....

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!