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マーク・イーガン ライナーノーツ

マーク・イーガン ラナーノーツ
マーク・イーガン(左)と私
2年ほど前になりますが私のリーダーアルバム(レジスタンス)にニューヨーク時代の私の師匠
マーク・イーガンがライナーノーツを書いてくれました、最近CDを買っていただいた何人かの人たちに
 原文はどんな感じなのですか? と聞かれまして、もちろん英語なのですが日本語訳は他の人に
やってもらったので・・・ 私もよく判らない表現などありまして・・・ ありがたい事に元のライナー
は丁寧に長いライナーを書いてくれたのですがスぺースの関係ではしょって訳してもらいました、
せっかくですのでここに原文をそのまま紹介さして頂きます、少し長いですが興味のあるかたは読んで
みて下さい、  英語の勉強にもなるかも?

Tsuyoshi Hori
Resistance CD review by Mark Egan
October 22, 2008


Resistance is Tsuyoshi Hori’s second recording and a great showcase for his solid groove and solo bass playing as well as his evolving composing and arranging skills. Tsuyoshi has orchestrated this recording of five original compositions and two jazz standards with a quintet featuring some of Japans finest instrumentalists including: Yuji Kawamura-Saxophone, Yusaku Shirotani-Trumpet, Yuji Fujisawa-Piano and Mitsutaka Uyama-Drums.

The first song and title track is a medium tempo latin feel original and title track, Resistance. Tsuyoshi lays down a solid bass groove with drummer Mitstaka to create a strong foundation for the fine sax, trumpet and piano solos. This song is very much in the Blue Note tradition in sound, feel and intensity. It’s very impressive that Tsuyoshi plays what is needed to support the song without trying to be buisy as a bassist. This is a true sign of musicality from the leader.

Track two, Human Lost, another original changes the mood with a fun uptempo funk groove with a percolating bass line and contemporary horn melody in the Brecker Brothers/Tower of Power tradidtion. Again Tsuyoshi lays down a strong groove tilting his influence hat to Jaco Pastorius and Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power). The first solo is tenor sax and is a fine example of contemporary sax. The second solo is trumpet and also a strong effort. At times I hear trumpet influences of Lew Soloff, Randy Brecker, Clifford Brown and more. A nice Piano solo by Mr. Fujisawa makes this track even funkier. Again, Tsuyoshi lays down a strong funky bass groove without getting in the way of the soloists. This is a fun song.

Mon Cherie is an original jazz waltz with a fine horn arrangement. Tsuyoshi has chosen the right quintet for his music which is obvious from the empathy that all the musicians create. This is the first song that he takes a super melodic solo with great success. This is where Tsuyoshi features his fine technique and style as a soloist and exemplifies his fine and versatile musicianship.
He plays on to support a fine solo from trumpeter, Yusaku Shirotani who exhibits his fluid solo lines over the fine composition. Both Tsuyoshi and Mitstaka Uyama create a strong ¾ walking swing feel throughout to support the energetic sax solo of Yuji Shirotani and Pianist Yuji Fujisawa.

Track four Vincent is an original medium tempo straight eight note feel song dedicated to Vincent Van Gogh. When I first heard the song the intro reminded me of the Marvin Gaye song What’s Goin’ On but then goes to many different harmonic places. Tsuyoshi sets up a nice feeling groove on this track and plays solid bass lines to support the soloists.
The compostion has a nice open chord sequence and each solo developes
to great intensity. The drum groove has an easygoing forward type of feel that sets the mood. Tsuyoshi develops his fluid bass style for each solo and always plays for the song.
The song ends on a fun vamp with saxophone and trumpet playing together.

In A Sentimental Mood starts with fine bass intro and Tsuyoshi pays tribute to Jaco here with a very musical and fluid statement to set up the song.
He has arranged a funky slow version of In A Sentimental Mood and plays
a soulful rendition of the melody over his bass groove. He has written a nice arrangement with a pedal point for the bridge melody which
allows the song to fit into his contemporary feel. Yusaku takes a fine and sweet trumpet solo followed by Yuji on sax for the bridge with a Colrane like sound and feel.
Tsuyoshi follows with a great bass solo exhibiting his great soloing technique with both speed and melody. Check him out here!
Mitsutaka ends the song with a strong drum solo over the last vamp. It left me wanting more of him.

Straight No Chaser is a reggae arrangement of the classic jazz blues standard by Thelonius Monk. Tsuyoshi has written some very interesting alternate melodies around the original melody line. This arrangement reminds me of my days with the Gil Evans Orchestra with the looseness of the arrangement and musicians.
The bass intro is a high point here. Listen to the great bass soloing going on.
For my ears this is one his bass solo highpoints of the recording.

The horn players trade lines back and for and develop into a frenzy which leads to a fine electric piano solo. The drums and bass are constantly supporting and reacting to the soloists. The song ends with a group improvistation which sounds like they had fun. Again I hear the influence of trumpeter Lew Soloff which is a great compliment to trumeter Yusaku Shirotani.

Track seven is another original by Tsuyoshi titled Ihatove which means Utopia in Japanese. The song begins with funky unison line into a fast eighth note unison line with a strong drum groove. Tsuyoshi has overdubbed the melody which then leads into a fine swing minor blues bass solo. This is the other bass solo highlight of the recording for me. He plays very fluidly with very melodic and inventive lines. He’s followed by a great piano solo by Yuji Fujisawa which leads back to the original bass melody with supporting background horn lines.
Tsuyoshi uses the horns to both double his parts and play counter parts.
The song ends with the fast bass figure which eventually all play.

This recording is a great accomplishment by Tsuyoshi Hori and the quintet.
As a bassist he supports his fine original compositions and arrangements and as a soloist he is musical, progressive and on the cutting edge of modern contemporary jazz bass playing. This is a great success. Check out this music!

Mark Egan
October 22, 2008







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Author:ほりつよし
1966年3月29日生まれ 香川県出身 
1988年 ”宮間利之とニューハード・オーケストラ” に入団。同バンドでNHKセッション505 ’88, ’89、日本武道館でのオールジャパンジャズエイド’88, ’89に出演。
1988~1990 TBS ザ・ベストテンのバックバンドをつとめる。
1990年渡英。ロンドンでストリートミュージシャンとして音楽活動。同年8月イタリアで開催されたストリートミュージシャンのフェスティバル、フェラーラ・バスカーズフェスティバル’90 に出演。
1992年渡米。ニューヨークでマーク・イーガン氏に師事。ハーレムを中心に音楽活動。
1999年初リーダーアルバム ”Intense” をリリース。
2000年から中野自由学園で音楽講師を勤める。
2005年 ”宮間利之とニューハード・オーケストラ” バンドでNHKセッション505に出演
2009年セカンドアルバム”レジスタンス” 発売。
現在、自己のバンドで都内ライブハウスにて暗躍中。

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