Nankuru Naisa

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Takashi Hirayasu and Bob Brozman's first collaboration, Jin Jin/Firefly, was such a creative triumph that one hoped the two would someday meet again. Thankfully, it didn't take Okinawan singer/sanshin player Hirayasu and American guitarist Brozman five or ten years to get back together. Jin Jin/Firefly was recorded in 1999, and their next studio encounter, Nankuru Naisa, is a 2001 release. Although the acoustic-oriented albums have some things in common -- both combine Okinawan music with elements of rock, blues, and Hawaiian music -- Nankuru Naisa is hardly a carbon copy of its predecessor. While Jin Jin/Firefly found Hirayasu and Brozman putting their own spin on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Takashi Hirayasu and Bob Brozman's first collaboration, Jin Jin/Firefly, was such a creative triumph that one hoped the two would someday meet again. Thankfully, it didn't take Okinawan singer/sanshin player Hirayasu and American guitarist Brozman five or ten years to get back together. Jin Jin/Firefly was recorded in 1999, and their next studio encounter, Nankuru Naisa, is a 2001 release. Although the acoustic-oriented albums have some things in common -- both combine Okinawan music with elements of rock, blues, and Hawaiian music -- Nankuru Naisa is hardly a carbon copy of its predecessor. While Jin Jin/Firefly found Hirayasu and Brozman putting their own spin on traditional Okinawan children's songs, Nankuru Naisa is dominated by Hirayasu's own compositions. This CD only contains two traditional Okinawan songs: "Ayagu" and "Chim Don Don," a familiar melody that Hirayasu wrote lyrics for. One of the musicians who joins Hirayasu and Brozman on some of the material is Mexican-American guitarist David Hidalgo, the fearless leader of Los Lobos since 1973. Hidalgo, who plays accordion on "Aitaina" and requinto guitar on other tracks, is an eclectic, broad-minded player who is well-versed in rock as well as a variety of Latin music -- he isn't afraid of a musical challenge, and he demonstrates that Mexican touches can work well on an album with an Okinawan foundation. While Nankuru Naisa is excellent, it isn't long enough -- the disc is only 42 minutes long, and one regrets the fact that Hirayasu and Brozman don't provide another half-hour's worth of material. But that's the only thing that's regrettable about this album, which is as charming as it is risk-taking.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2001
  • Label: Riverboat
  • UPC: 605633002324
  • Catalog Number: 330023
  • Sales rank: 380,902

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Brozman Primary Artist, Guitar, Ukulele, Background Vocals, Charango, Bottleneck Guitar, Weissenborn
Piper Heisig Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Upright Bass, String Bass, Wood Bass
Rick Walker Drums
Daniel Thomas Background Vocals
Paul Fisher Background Vocals
Craig Owens Electric Bass
Takashi Hirayasu Guitar, Vocals, sanshin
Technical Credits
Bob Brozman Arranger
Seigen Ono Engineer
Mitsukazu Tanaka Mastering
Daniel Thomas Engineer
Paul Fisher Liner Notes
Takashi Hirayasu Arranger
Shunya Hata translation
Kenichi Takahashi Producer
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