Kiroron 1 - Kiroro Melodies
David Sanborn (alto sax), Cesar Camargo Mariano (piano), Romero
Lubambo (gutar), Phil Woods (sax), Bob Mintzer (sax), Russell Malone (guitar),
Ron Carter (bass), Ben Street (bass), Sergio Brando (bass), Roland Hannah
(piano), Mark Egan (bass), Philip Hamilton (vocals), Pamela Driggs (vocals),
East 4th Horns (John Wheeler, Tony Kadleck & John Scarpulla -- horn section),
Philippe Saisse (keyboards), Lisa Fischer (vocals), Zav Katz (bass), Benny
Diggs (vocals), Paulette McWilliams (vocals), Leon Pendarvis (piano), Marlon
Saunders (vocals), Jeff Mironov (guitar), Gloria Agostini (harp), Bashiri
Johnson (percussion), Norma Latuchie (flute), Aaron Heick (tenor sax), Ben
Perowsky (drums), Dennis Mackrel (drums) Paulo Braga (drums), Shawn Pelton
(drums), and William Galison (harmonica)
Recorded at Avatar Studios
Produced by do swing Toshiya Kamada Atsushi "SUSHI"
Kosugi (Beat on Beat, Inc.)
Supervisor: Takatomo Nozawa (Victor)
Recorded & Mixed by Roy Hendrickson
w/ Yamaha 02R console, except "Winds of Spring" Recorded & Mixed
at Sear Sound (w/Neve 8038 Custom console)
Additional Recordings in Japan by Yoshikazu Nakabayashi (Office Intenzio)
Mastered by Scott Hull at Classic Sound
Assistant Engineers: Scott Young (Avatar Studios), Gregg Gasperino (Avatar
Studios), Shigeru Tanida (Victor Studio), Dave Fisher (Sear Sound)
Kiroro is a Popular group in Japan. This album is a collection of their music
taken on by the producing team (do swing) who are Toshiya Kamada and Atsushi
"SUSHI" Kosugi. Not only is the music beautiful in melody, do swing
really out did themselves with the musicians they recruited for this project.
Outstanding talent like David Sanborn (alto sax), Phil Woods (alto sax), Ron
Carter (bass), Romero Lubambo (guitar), Pamela Driggs (vocals) Kiroro and
East 4th HornS, are just a handful of the stars featured on this musically
ADDITIONAL ALBUM NOTES:
- Long Time
This is the same debut song by Kiroro. Jazz great Don Sebesky's orchestra
backs up the solo party played by none other than David Sanborn. The perfect
choice to start off the album with strings by Don's flowing conducting and
music score mixing with Sanborn's wailing sax makes this a very impressive
collection. Even more, you can feel the high level of quality on this album
while elevating your expectations.
- Blue Magic
A piece arranged by a giant in the Brazilian music world, Cesar Mariano.
Of course the piano solo is this one is Cesar himself. Romero Lubambo plays
- Save Your Money
This is a big band arrangement by Don. The chase of Phil Woods and Bob Mintzer
on the hot sax! Russell Malone's guitar solo! Ron Carter on base and Roland
Hannah on piano! Just hearing the names of all the musicians participating
on this one would be envied by anyone. Don, of course, handles the conducting
and music score.
Don took care of the arranging of the orchestra part. Mark Egan's bass solo
and Philip Hamilton's voice pulls the back ground to create a wnique world.
- A Foto de nos tres (3 on a photo)
A song that overflows with Brazilian taste arranged by Cesar in the same
way as M-2. The easy rhythm and the beautiful voice of Pamela, guitarist
Romero's wife, combine to make a plesant harmony.
- Ran Ran Ran
This is a number featuring a horn unit, by the name of East 4th HornS that
are active in New York's studio scene. This originality in music leaves
a kind of acoustic and folky kind of scent, yet the trombone, trumpet and
sax lets us hear an exquisite ensemble of sound.
- Winds of Spring
A jazz vocal number arranged by popular keyboardist Philippe Saisse. With
a simple yet gorgeous sound in the background, Lisa Fisher's vocals create
a jazzy place. Saisse of course plays the piano and vibraphone.
- Someone Who I Love
This is a number featuring William galison's harmonica, with an orchestra
arranged by Don backing him up. Wiliiam's harmonica sounds like singing,
and has an originality in music to really emplasize the sadness in the song.
- Winter Song of Summer Time
Another big band tune arranged, musically scored and conducted by Don as
he did in M-3. While extracting each player' originality to the limit, one
by one, he makes an ensemble that allows us to listen to feel what can only
be felt because it is big band. This is definitely a collaboration between
a great arrangeer and great players, which may be why this became a reality.
- Ray of Morning Light
An A Cappella chorus number that is colored differently than the rest if
the album. It reaffirms the greatness of the human "voice."
- Save Your Money (New York Version)
- Winter Song of Summer Time (Drum 'n' Bass Hit Version)
These two songs cold be called bonus tracks. The big band tune arranged
by Don was remixed. The remixer is a man who fomerly worked by C&C Music
Factory, Dave Darlington. This adds a new charm to the album.
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