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Asian Drums II

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Kiyoshi Yoshida's Asian Drums II features more of his unique wadaiko drums, shamisen, shakuhachi, koto, and synthesizer compositions. From the gently mysterious "The Lucky Spirit" to the more direct, percussive approach of pieces like "Duel" to lilting, reflective pieces like "Summer Grass," Yoshida balances ancient and modern and melody and percussion ably in his music. The driving "Mad Spider's Web" and "Midare Uchi," which celebrates the pure beauty of the wadaiko, are two other highlights from this relaxing yet invigorating album.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Kiyoshi Yoshida's Asian Drums II features more of his unique wadaiko drums, shamisen, shakuhachi, koto, and synthesizer compositions. From the gently mysterious "The Lucky Spirit" to the more direct, percussive approach of pieces like "Duel" to lilting, reflective pieces like "Summer Grass," Yoshida balances ancient and modern and melody and percussion ably in his music. The driving "Mad Spider's Web" and "Midare Uchi," which celebrates the pure beauty of the wadaiko, are two other highlights from this relaxing yet invigorating album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2001
  • Label: Pacific Moon [alleg]
  • UPC: 678477002720
  • Catalog Number: 27
  • Sales rank: 407,344

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Circle of Guilt - Bonten (4:44)
  2. 2 The Lucky Spirit - Bonten (4:46)
  3. 3 Flowers - Bonten (5:29)
  4. 4 Interlude - Bonten (0:32)
  5. 5 Duel - Bonten (4:22)
  6. 6 Summer Grass - Bonten (5:30)
  7. 7 Interlude - Bonten (1:17)
  8. 8 Mad Spider's Web - Bonten (4:19)
  9. 9 Obsidian - Bonten (4:37)
  10. 10 Interlude - Bonten (0:27)
  11. 11 The Secret of Bamboo - Bonten (4:52)
  12. 12 Interlude - Bonten (1:07)
  13. 13 Wazawai - Bonten (4:33)
  14. 14 Midare Uchi - Bonten (2:32)
  15. 15 A Moment in Destiny - Bonten (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kiyoshi Yoshida Primary Artist, Keyboards
Mizuyo Komiya Koto
Yukihiko Mitsuka Shakuhachi
Takeharu Nakahata Guitar
Wang Ming Jun Dizi
Technical Credits
Naoto Shibuya Engineer
Hiroshi Kawasaki Mastering
Kazumasa Yoshioka Audio Production
Keico Yoda Engineer
Kiyoshi Yoshida Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Asian Drums II

    This album follows in the same vein as Yoshida’s first “Asian Drums”. Dark, driving, questing synthesizer compositions are underlaid by the deep pounding of accoustic drums. This time, the percussionists are the wadaiko drummers of the group Bonten, led by Masataka Kobayashi. Other instruments complimenting the drum and synthesizer soundscape include shamisen (a banjo-like instrument), shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), koto (a Japanese zither), dizi (traditional Chinese flute) and guitar. “Asian Drums II” is markedly similar to its predecessor in tone and style, but features a bit more of the accoustic melody instruments. Both are great if you enjoy drumming music (and both smell nice too, as do all CDs from the Pacific Moon label, since the jewel cases contain sticks of incense). If you like Asian Drums, be sure to check out the work of another Japanese drumming group too--Kodo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Asian Drums II

    This album follows in the same vein as Yoshida’s first “Asian Drums”. Dark, driving, questing synthesizer compositions are underlaid by the deep pounding of accoustic drums. This time, the percussionists are the wadaiko drummers of the group Bonten, led by Masataka Kobayashi. Other instruments complimenting the drum and synthesizer soundscape include shamisen (a banjo-like instrument), shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), koto (a Japanese zither), dizi (traditional Chinese flute) and guitar. “Asian Drums II” is markedly similar to its predecessor in tone and style, but features a bit more of the accoustic melody instruments. Both are great if you enjoy drumming music (and both smell nice too, as do all CDs from the Pacific Moon label, since the jewel cases contain sticks of incense). If you like Asian Drums, be sure to check out the work of another Japanese drumming group too--Kodo.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
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