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Hiromitsu Agatsuma is a truly gifted player of the shamisen, the traditional three-string Japanese instrument. However, he's taken it in a very new direction, putting his fingerwork on top of programmed tracks that run the gamut from ambient to almost-pounding techno. While Agatsuma has a deep grounding in traditional Japanese music, here he gives himself plenty of freedom. But he's not just about flying fingers, although they get a heavy workout on "Beams." Equally important is mood, and he can establish that wonderfully on his instrument, as he proves on the slow-moving "Solitude" and "Curfew." There's nothing to fault in his playing, which is never less than stellar. ...
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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Hiromitsu Agatsuma is a truly gifted player of the shamisen, the traditional three-string Japanese instrument. However, he's taken it in a very new direction, putting his fingerwork on top of programmed tracks that run the gamut from ambient to almost-pounding techno. While Agatsuma has a deep grounding in traditional Japanese music, here he gives himself plenty of freedom. But he's not just about flying fingers, although they get a heavy workout on "Beams." Equally important is mood, and he can establish that wonderfully on his instrument, as he proves on the slow-moving "Solitude" and "Curfew." There's nothing to fault in his playing, which is never less than stellar. The problem lies in the programming, which serves solely as a backdrop. There's no character to it, just a blandness which ends up detracting from the overall worth of the music. To be fair, this album is an experiment, and overall it's a successful one. But one can't help feeling that with better backing this could have been remarkable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2003
  • Label: Domo Records
  • UPC: 794017301327
  • Catalog Number: 73013

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beams (4:53)
  2. 2 In Memory of NY (4:37)
  3. 3 Solitude (4:47)
  4. 4 Accustom (1:19)
  5. 5 Fun (7:03)
  6. 6 On Bourbon St. (5:50)
  7. 7 In the Rain (1:50)
  8. 8 Grooving (4:56)
  9. 9 Curfew (5:09)
  10. 10 Blown Away (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Agatsuma Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Hitoshi Namekata Executive Producer
Tetsuo Kadoya Producer
Masashi Kudo Engineer
Eiichi Naito Executive Producer
Atsushi Sugihara Graphic Design, Art Direction
Seiichi Kyoda Producer
Tohru Kotetsu Mastering
Kio Griffith Graphic Design, Art Direction
Hiromitsu Agatsuma Producer, Liner Notes
Kazumi Harasawa Producer
Kengo Nasu Promoter
Chiaki Muramatsu Creative Art
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