Soul Fantasy

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Its - Rainbow 1980 Lp

Its with Lee Ritenour and Don Grusin

Its was an obscure soul jazz group from Japan. Its were Izumi Kimoto, Teruhisa Tohgoh and Sumie Shima. They released an album entitled "Rainbow" on JVC Records in 1980. It was recorded at Victor Studio, Sound Inn Studio, Tokyo.
In this album participated some great Japanese musicians such as Masahiko Satoh on piano, Kazumi Watanabe on electric guitar. Also Kenji Ohmura on guitar, Yasuaki Shimizu on tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, Akira Okazawa on bass, Shuichi Murakami and Yuhichi Togashiki on drums and Tadaomi Anai on percussion.

Kohji Hadori, Tokikazu Suyama, Takehisa Suzuki and Tetsuo Fushimi on trumpet, Eiji Arai, Yasuo Hirauchi, Sumio Okada, Tadao Taniyama, Akira Fujimoto, Katsuyuki Sugimoto on trombone, Yukihiko Nishizawa, Akira Fujiyawa, Takeshi Shinohara on flute.
Strings by Ohno group. Arranged and conducted by Masahiko Satoh. Produced by Akira Taguchi.
Most of the songs are compositions of Don Grusin, Lee Ritenour and Patti Austin. I have chosen three tracks called "Bird of beauty" of Stevie Wonder, "Rainbow" and "Tequila Mockingbird". "Rainbow" written by Don Grusin and original recording by Lee Ritenour. Finally "Tequila Mockingbird" is well known as an album title song of Ramsey Lewis but the vocal version of Dee Dee Bridgewater. Music written by Larry Dunn and lyrics by Roxanne J.Seeman.

Its released another album in 1981 entitled "It's Wonderland" on JVC Records.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

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