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KS Cover no. 72 2006 May

MAY 2006 :: 072


Brian Bomberg/Jeff Lorber/
Dave Weckl/Gary Meek

May 10&11

Bearing in mind that most of the major figures in contemporary jazz are acquainted with each other, it's not surprising to see this 'supergroup' of musicians together for two nights at Osaka Blue Note.
Brian Bomberg has been described as bringing the art of bass playing to a new level. Born in Arizona in 1960, Bomberg only took up the bass at the suggestion of a teacher as the school orchestra was short of a double bass player. At 19 he joined the Stan Getz band, released his debut solo album A New Day in 1986 and also has a number of movie soundtracks to his name.
Dave Weckl began playing the drums at just 8 years old in 1968, turned professional at 19, and has since released ten solo albums as well as filling the stool for no end of fellow artists (most notably for Simon and Garfunkel's 1993 reunion tour).
Berklee educated pianist Jeff Lorber mixes funk with traditional R&B. Lorber, who released his debut solo recording in 1977, is best known as a pioneer of the smooth jazz and NAC (New Adult Contemporary) genres.
Californian born Gary Meek has a longstanding relationship with Jeff Lorber; the two have toured widely together over the past ten years. Meek got his big break in 1986 as saxophonist for Dionne Warwick and has also graced recordings for such greats as Stanley Clarke, Al Jarreau and Herbie Hancock to name but a few.

Blue Note, Osaka
Entry: ¥6,500-¥8,500 • Time: 6.30pm/9.30pm •
Genre: Jazz Tel: 06-6342-7722

El Presidente

May 11

Scottish quintet El Presidente have seen an astrono-mical rise
to fame and popularity in such a short span of time that can only lead to the con- clusion that they are, for all intents and purposes, something special on the music scene.

Frontman Dante Gizzi spent eight years as bassist for the band Gun (also from Scotland) before settling down to open a bistro with his brother in their native city of Glasgow. During this time, however, Gizzi was not idle on the music front and spent his spare time writing songs at home on his four-track recorder.

Acquiring a group of musicians to per-form his songs, which include Singapore born Dawn Zhu on drums, bassist Johnny Glynn who originates from Ireland, Laura Marks on Keyboards and backing vocals (who joined the Scottish National Opera aged nine) and Thomas McNeice, El Presi-dente set out on the road. After just eight gigs they were asked to perform at this year's Glastonbury Festival and also got invited to support Oasis and Duran Duran.

'I'm taken aback at the speed it all happened' says Gizzi, who has been des-cribed as a cross between Prince and Cap- tain Beefheart (or Che Guevera and a Columbian drug dealer).

As to the music itself, Gizzi adds that when writing the songs ' I had no musical style in mind and I didn't want one'.
With influences as diverse as Led Zeppelin and Dr. Dre it's difficult to cate-gorise El President, though with a strong rock anchor and screeching high pitch vocals you could be forgiven for thinking that you were back in the seventies listening to fellow Scots 'Nazareth'.

Club Quattro, Osaka
Entry: ¥5,000-¥5,500 • Time: 7pm
Genre: Rock Tel: 06-6281-8181

Nocturnal Rites

May 25

Imagine the dual machinegun guitars of Iron Maiden, the melodic AOR vocals of Joe Lynn Turner, screaming fast Steve Vai-esq solos, imagine all three rolled in to one and you won't be far from what Nocturnal Rites are all about.

Starting out in the early nineties as a Death Metal band this Swedish quintet have mellowed over the years to a more commercial rock sound that any die hard death metal fan would lend their ear to with a sense of utter disgust. But Nocturnal Rites can rest easy knowing that this shift in style has probably prolonged their musical careers by a good ten years.

The band released their debut album In a Time of Blood and Fire through Megarock Records in 1995. After this, though, the band went through some lineup changes and also switched record label. To this extent, it was another two years before the release of their second album (which incidentally was released in Japan a good few months before its European release).

Last year, the band put out their seventh album and since have spent a considerable amount of time on the road.
Nocturnal Rites are a good band, so even if you've never heard of them but are a devoted rock fan (we all know how Japan is inundated with European metal bands that never see much success in their own continent or the US) then you'll be doing yourself no favours if you miss this gig.

And of course where there's mention of the Swedes there has to be a Volvo story and Nocturnal Rites rise to the challenge stupendously. Apparently guitarist Fredrik Mannberg has crashed his Volvo no less then 244 times and still drives it. Fantastic!

Club Quattro, Osaka
Entry: ¥6,300 • Time: 7pm • Genre: Metal Tel: 06-6281-8181

Sachi Hayasaki

May 27

Described as having 'a passionate soul that flows thro-ugh her music,' Sachi Hayasaki, born in Tokyo in 1960, has been playing the saxophone since her early teens. She studied jazz and classical saxophone at university and after graduating formed her own band.

Sachi Hayasaki is one of the few Japanese musici-ans that have found acclaim outside of their homeland and when still only in her twenties she was invited to join German guitarist Hans Reichel on a European tour. She made her debut in New York in 1990 (with her Japanese trio) and a year later put toge-ther a group of local New Yorkers as well as playing with the great jazz drummer Pheeron Aklaff and his band in Manhattan (this relationship was renewed just over ten years later when Hayasaki recorded with Aklaff).

Hayasaki's exquisite brand of jazz blends many ethnic influences including African per-cussions and Balkan rhythms. Over the course of her career she has released eight solos album and played guest spots on more than double that with other artists across the globe.

Taku Taku, Kyoto
Entry: ¥2,000 • Time: 6pm • Genre: Jazz Sax Tel: 075-351-1231
Entry: ¥5,500 • Time: 7pm • Tel: 075 351 1231

Live Listings May


Spanish Connection featuring Hiromitsu Ohbuchi @ Blue Note, Osaka. 6:30pm/9:30pm ¥5,000-¥7,000
Tel: 06-6342-7722 World Music


Elephant Man @ Club Quattro, Osaka. 7:30pm. ¥7,000-¥7,500
Tel: 06-6281-8181. Hip Hop


Yuji Ohno & Lupintic Five @ Blue Note, Osaka. 6:30pm/ 9:30pm. ¥5,400-¥7,400 Tel: 06-6342-7722. Jazz Piano


Zi:LiE-Ya @ Taku Taku, Kyoto. 7pm. ¥3,500 Tel: 075-351-1231. J-Rock/Blues


Brian Bomberg/Jeff Lorber/Dave Weckl /Gary Meek @ Blue Note, Osaka. 6:30pm/9:30pm. ¥6,500-¥8,500 Tel: 06-6342-7722. Jazz


We Are Scientists @ Club Quattro, Osaka. 7pm. ¥6,000.
Tel: 03-5466-0777. Rock/Pop


Takezo @ Taku Taku, Kyoto. 7pm. ¥2,000. Tel: 075-351-1231. Blues Guitar


El Presidente @ Club Quattro, Osaka. 7pm. ¥5,000- ¥5,500. Tel: 06-6281-8181. Rock


Cornell Dupree @ Blue Note, Osaka. 6:30pm/9:30pm. ¥6,400-¥8,400. Tel: 06-6342-7722. Jazz Funk


Eastern Youth @ Taku Taku, Kyoto. 7pm. ¥3,000.
Tel: 075-351-1231. Blues


Bill Frisell with Brian Blade & Sam Yaher @ Blue Note, Osaka. 6:30pm /9:30pm. ¥6,400~ ¥8,400. Tel: 06-6342-7722. Jazz Guitar


Deep Purple @ Osaka. Koseinenkin Hall. 7pm ¥8,000. Tel: 06-6532-6301 Rock


Adrianna Evans @ Blue Note, Osaka. 6:30pm/9:30pm. ¥6,400-¥8,400 Tel: 06-6342-7722. R&B


Chris Botti @ Blue Note, Osaka. 6:30pm/9:30pm. ¥6,400-¥8,400 Tel: 06-6342-7722. Trumpet


Story of The Year @ Big Cat, Osaka. 7pm. ¥5,100


Fatboy Slim @ Zepp, Osaka. 6pm. ¥7,000 Tel: 06-6535-5569. UK DJ


Rinken Band @ Blue Note, Osaka. 6:30pm/9:30pm ¥6,000-¥8,000. Tel: 06-6342-7722. Okinawa Pop


Nocturnal Rites @ Club Quattro, Osaka. 7pm. ¥6,300 Tel: 06-6281-8181 Metal


Sachi Hayasaki @ Taku Taku, Kyoto. 6pm. ¥2,000.
Tel: 075-351-1231. Sax


Michael Camilo Trio @ Blue Note, Osaka. 6:30pm/9:30pm. ¥6,500-¥8,500 Tel: 06-6342-7722. Jazz Piano


Diane King @ Blue Note, Osaka. 6:30pm/9:30pm. ¥8,500-¥10,500 Tel: 06-6342-7722. Reggae/Pop vocals


Ken Yokoyama @ Club Quattro, Osaka. 7pm. ¥2,300 Tel: 06-6535-5569. Metal

Compiled by Phillip Jackson

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