ColumbiaÂ : 1981
Terumasa Hino, cornet; Steve Grossman, soprano sax; Masabumi Kikuchi, keyboards, arrangement; Herbie Hancock, Fender Rhodes; Kenny Kirkland, Fender Rhodes; Mark Gray, Fender Rhodes; Lou Volpe, guitar; Butch Campbell, guitar; Anthony Jackson, bass; Harvey Mason, drums; Don Alias, congas, percussion; Airto Moreira, percussion; Manolo Badrena, percussion.ã??
You may think: Free Jazz and Valentine’s Day. Not exactly a match made in heaven. But hey, there’s more than one way to get busy and more than one type of music to get you in the mood.
You may think: Okay, but isÂ this really going to get the job done? But listen up, it’s got more Fender Rhodes keyboards — producers ofÂ some very suave and sexy tones — per square inch of music than anything this side of Steely Dan. So giveÂ it a chance.
You may think: This song is so damn funky that it wouldn’t sound out of place on the dance floor. And you’re right. The song’s first half acts out a freaky strobe-lit club seduction while the second half starts to slowly get filthy. For those of you on the prowl, here’s your soundtrack.
You may think: There’s no good fusion after 1975. And generally you’re right, but nobody passed the word to Hino, a terrific Japanese trumpeter and cornettist who assembled a ridiculously talented crew well past fusion’s prime and created a record that sounds like it hails more from 1973, feeding off of whateverÂ Eddie Henderson was dining out on at the time.
You may think: ThisÂ track is the sameÂ sort of cosmic/disco/electro jazz asÂ Julian Priester’sÂ “Love, Love.”Â So isÂ the love theme here just a coincidence? Or isÂ it a Valentine’s conspiracy? Â
You may think: Kikuchi? Kikuchi!
You may think we don’t love you: but we do.