Yutaka Yokokura - Yutaka (1988) [World Fusion]; APE (image+.cue)

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Yutaka Yokokura - Yutaka (1988) [World Fusion]; APE (image+.cue)

Unread postby Mike1985 » 12 Jan 2017, 07:37

Artist: Yutaka Yokokura
Album: Yutaka
Genre: World Fusion
Label: GRP Records
Released: 1988
Quality: APE (image+.cue)
  1. Colors Of The Wind
  2. Warm And Sunny Sunday Morning
  3. Peach Blossom Spring
  4. Dreamland
  5. Akatombo , Red Dragonfly
  6. Night Wave
  7. Living Inside Of Your Love
  8. The Shadows
  9. OutDoor Life
  10. Aurora
  11. Reflections

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  • Yutaka Yokokura — Koto, Keyboards, Vocals.
  • Gary Grant- Trumpets
  • Larry Hall — Trumpets
  • Oscar Castro-Neves — Acoustic Guitars
  • Paul Jackson Jr. — Guitars
  • Don Grusin — Keyboards
  • Jeff Fair — Synthesizer Programming
  • Nathan East — Bass
  • Freddie Washington — Bass
  • Abraham Laboriel — Bass
  • Vinnie Colaiuta — Drums
  • Carlos Vega — Drums
  • John Robinson — Drums
  • Luis Conte — Percussions
  • Paulinho DaCosta — Percussions
  • Pauline Wilson — Vocals
  • Gracinha Leporace — Vocals

A fine keyboardist who also plays koto, Yutaka Yokokura has often mixed in his Japanese heritage with his love for Brazilian music. He took classical piano lessons from the age of four, listened to pop music of the era, and at the age of 15 in the mid-'60s, he became attracted to Brazilian music. Soon Yokohura was leading his own group, mostly playing Brazilian material that was influenced by Sergio Mendes. In 1972 Yokohura moved to the U.S. to attend Cal State Long Beach. He performed with Hiroshima during 1975-78, which served ironically as an opportunity for the keyboardist to be introduced to his own Japanese culture. In 1978 he recorded his debut album (Lovelight) for a Japanese label; his producers were Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen. After years of studio work, he recorded Yutaka for GRP in 1988 and by then he was doubling on koto. That project was followed up by Brazasia, a CD that in its title definitively sums up Yutaka Yokohura's music.

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