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26 Mar 2017

Masaru Imada Trio + 2 “Green Caterpillar” 1975 Japan Jazz Funk Fusion






Masaru Imada Trio + 2 “Green Caterpillar”  1975 Japan  Jazz Funk Fusion
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Superior fusionistic jazz excursions from the Masaru Imada Trio + 2 - “Green Caterpillar”, released on Japanese imprint Three Blind Mice in 1975, is a fine fierce and funky set with particularly bangin keys and bass, tho drums and guitars are really no slouches either - brilliant………

One half of ‘Green Caterpillar’ is the sort of in your face smooth sexual funk Jazz was finding itself lovingly wrapped in by this time, nothing that could ever be criticised when it’s material like 'A Green Caterpillar’ and 'Straight Flash’ slithering up trouser legs with distorted electric piano riffs exiled from Blaxploitation flicks. Flick over, and it’s a settled conservative route, though not routine - 'Blue Impulse’ and 'Spanish Flower’ aren’t yet stuck to that 1930s colonial cocktail bar safety net act 1980’s 'Andalusian Breeze’ would demonstrate; here it is a solid musicianship that goes on semi-improvised personal forays until venturing back before nightfall, considerate but willing to have fun of its own for the heck of it. Not its genre’s most noteworthy example, its duo of dichotomies do present elements of both rough and smooth to keep you enthralled for long enough before biting on bigger fish….by..KildareJohn ……

Personnel, Masaru Imada (Piano), 
Isoo Fukui (Bass), 
Tetsujiro Obara (Drums), 
Kazumi Watanabe (Guitar), 
Yuji Imamura (Congas & Perpussion) 

Tracklist 
A1 A Green Caterpillar 11:24 
A2 Straight Flash 10:27 
B1 Blue Impulse 10:28 
B2 Spanish Flower 11:15 

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