Between Black and White

Between Black and White

by Hiroshima
     
 

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1999 marked 20 years since the band's unique combination of distinctively Japanese elements -- June Kuramoto's classical-flavored koto, Johnny Mori's booming Taiko drum -- with funky pop, urban, and jazz sensibilities first hit the instrumental music charts, and 25 years since saxophonist and East L.A. native…  See more details below

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1999 marked 20 years since the band's unique combination of distinctively Japanese elements -- June Kuramoto's classical-flavored koto, Johnny Mori's booming Taiko drum -- with funky pop, urban, and jazz sensibilities first hit the instrumental music charts, and 25 years since saxophonist and East L.A. native Dan Kuramoto first formed the ensemble. Their Windham Hill Jazz debut (and 11th release overall) Between Black and White finds them once again blending contemporary root music, mystical Eastern exotica, and melodically rich smooth jazz that further deepens their larger commitment to global unity on the cusp of the new millennium. Hiroshima once again dares to push the envelope and engage diversity from track to track. The mix of dreamy koto and keyboard mysticism and thick hip-hop grooves and soulful sax on "Mix Plate" sets the tone for the whole project on the instrumental side. Hiroshima has worked with some great vocalists over the years, and Terry Steele -- who wrote Luther Vandross' signature smash "Here and Now" -- adds to the litany with his cool, romantic approach to "The Door Is Open."

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/1999
Label:
Windham Hill Records
UPC:
0019341146421
catalogNumber:
11464

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hiroshima   Primary Artist
Terry Steele   Vocals
Vince Charles   Vibes
Luis Conte   Percussion,Timbales
Kimo Cornwell   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Dean Cortez   Bass,Electric Bass,Vocals
Richie Gajate Garcia   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Djembe
Dan Kuramoto   Synthesizer,Flute,Shakuhachi,Alto Flute,Keyboards,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals
June Kuramoto   Percussion,Koto
Johnny Mori   Percussion,Okedo-daiko,taiko,Odaiko
Hammer Smith   Chromatic Harmonica
Danny Yamamoto   Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Keyboards,Djembe,taiko
Fred Schreuders   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Karen Hwa Chee Han   Erhu

Technical Credits

Michael Paulo   drum programming
Moto   Engineer
Kimo Cornwell   Programming
Dave "the Blade" Knight   Engineer
Dan Kuramoto   Programming,Producer
June Kuramoto   Producer,Engineer
Don Murray   Engineer,Mastering
Robert Vosgien   Mastering
Bill D. Dietzman   Engineer
Qris Yamashita   Art Direction
Shanti Haast   Engineer

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