Little Tokyo

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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Little Tokyo is Hiroshima's brilliant musical reference to the importance of maintaining a positive, multicultural world view in the midst of international and intercultural tensions. The group has often used this type of subject matter and symbolism in their songs to convey the feelings and moods which have been inspired by current events, places, and people. The 11 songs span several musical styles including sensibilities inherent in Middle Eastern, Latin American, and Asian music. "Midnight Sun" spotlights the work of Shoji Kameda and Kenny Endo. The taiko drum masters complement each other as they underscore June Kuramoto's lovely koto work and Dan Kuramoto's exotic...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Little Tokyo is Hiroshima's brilliant musical reference to the importance of maintaining a positive, multicultural world view in the midst of international and intercultural tensions. The group has often used this type of subject matter and symbolism in their songs to convey the feelings and moods which have been inspired by current events, places, and people. The 11 songs span several musical styles including sensibilities inherent in Middle Eastern, Latin American, and Asian music. "Midnight Sun" spotlights the work of Shoji Kameda and Kenny Endo. The taiko drum masters complement each other as they underscore June Kuramoto's lovely koto work and Dan Kuramoto's exotic saxophone lines that exude a mysteriously melodic feeling. Guest keyboardist and labelmate James K. Lloyd of Pieces of a Dream sits in on the catchy tune titled "Lanai." The song includes plenty of spirited accompaniment and passionate lyricism from the Kuramotos. The syncopated closer, "Little Tokyo Underground," is Hiroshima's tip of the hat to the funk-jazz crowd. The funky grooves coupled with the adventurous shades of contemporary jazz adds yet another dimension to this artistic array of musical compositions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • Label: Heads Up
  • UPC: 053361312329
  • Catalog Number: 3123
  • Sales rank: 240,776

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Midnight Sun (5:27)
  2. 2 On the Fence (4:58)
  3. 3 Lanai (4:12)
  4. 4 Red Beans and Rice (3:38)
  5. 5 Sir Charles (4:31)
  6. 6 Hidden Times (5:42)
  7. 7 Shades of Honor (4:25)
  8. 8 Quan Yin (Goddess of Compassion) (5:13)
  9. 9 Drama (4:32)
  10. 10 Hiro Chill (4:20)
  11. 11 Little Tokyo Underground (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hiroshima Primary Artist
Kimo Cornwell Synthesizer, Piano, Clavinet, fender rhodes, Group Member
Dean Cortez Bass, Group Member
Richie Gajate Garcia Percussion, Conga, Timbales
Dan Kuramoto Synthesizer, Flute, Percussion, Shakuhachi, Alto Flute, Keyboards, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
June Kuramoto Koto, Group Member
James K. Lloyd Synthesizer, Keyboards
Dean Taba Acoustic Bass
Danny Yamamoto Drums, Group Member
Leslie Chew Guitar
Kenny Endo Percussion, Vocals, taiko
James Lloyd Keyboards
Karen Hwa-Chee Han Erhu
Shoji Kameda Percussion
Technical Credits
Kimo Cornwell Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Dan Kuramoto Composer, Producer, Audio Production
June Kuramoto Composer, Producer, Audio Production
James K. Lloyd Composer
Dave Love Executive Producer
Leslie Chew Engineer
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Daniel S. Markus Management
Freeman Wong Art Direction
Mary M. Garcia Contributor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    Very nice album and different arraingements with all the instruments. It's typical of Hiroshima. Would like to see a different side of Hiroshima by using a little Enka melody with a funk beat or something like that. Makes it more interesting.

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