When you get up in the morning, you must have a song - Ray Charles

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Yosuke Yamashita - solo piano

Time and weather influence your listening choices. It's true, just think about it. Anyway it's just before midnight, it's lightly raining after storming all evening. I'm on the back porch hanging mellow. Bourbon in hand, I'm totalling digging some solo piano which just seems perfect right now.

But I chose to not go down the backroads of america but to venture to the land of the rising sun. I been digging this jazz from japan for the last few years. The good stuff is hard to come by, the great stuff...ridiculous.

 Here's a couple of really good solo piano lps. These are a bit more laid back than Yamashita's trio stuff, but perfectly played for a night like this.

The lps are " Alone" and "Breathtake"

1. Flight Of The Autumn Leaves
2. Communication
3. Paraphrase
4. Closing Theme

recorded Toshicenter Hall, Tokyo, 3/14/74

1. Roihani
2. Echo
3. Mina's Second Theme
4. Breathtake
5. Entlam
6. It Will Be Forever
7. Turning Point

recorded Munich Union Studio 1975


Hookfinger said...

Alright cats, settle in for some serious piano...

Alone - https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/wftnd7

Breathtake - https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/46mzs6

brianbrora said...

Many Thanks for sharing. If you are interested, there are a few Japanese issues on my blog. Best Regards from Brian.

Mosa said...


Wonderful post of two records sadly underrated and almost forgotten! I bought a copy of Breathtake many years ago and it remains among my favorite between piano solos...I really appreciated your post.
Unfortunately due to a not good rip it doesn't sound not so much beautiful....
Next time would be better a rip that sounds cleaner and more bright, maybe in flac....
Anyway many thanks
Best Wishes R

davide said...

Nice!, thanks for both

-Otto- said...

Thank you, HF, for these two solo YYs.

ckibelf said...

Thanks. I am looking forward to these two albums, as I like solo piano. Not familiar with these.