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9-08-2015, 19:49

Teruo Nakamura - Unicorn (2013) Mp3

Artist: Teruo Nakamura
Title Of Album: Unicorn
Year Of Release: 1973 (2013)
Label: Three Blind Mice
Genre: Jazz, Fusion
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 00:42:24
Total Size: 108 Mb


01. Unicorn Lady (Nakamura) - 5:16
02. Understanding (Eaves) - 7:35
03. Some Other Blues (Coltrane) - 5:43
04. Umma Be Me (Eaves) - 6:12
05. New Moon (Grossman) - 8:25
06. Derrick's Dance (Miller) - 9:13

Teruo Nakamura - bass
Steve Grossman - soprano saxophone
Charles Sullivan - trumpet
George Cables, Hubert Eaves III - electric piano, piano
John Miller - piano
Alphonse Mouzon, Lenny White - drums
Ronald Jackson, Keiji Kishida - percussion
Alvern Bunn - congas
Sandy Hewitt - vocals

Unicorn was bassist Teruo Nakamura's first date as a leader. Recorded and issued in Japan on the legendary Three Blind Mice imprint in 1973, Nakamura had been working in New York since 1964. He'd done a lot of hardscrabble work before 1969 when he landed the gig as bassist in Roy Haynes' fine group of the time. During that year he formed a band with Steve Grossman and Lenny White, who both appear here. This is an interesting date because it is equally divided between very electric fusion tracks and more modal acoustic numbers. Grossman plays on all but one cut; White appears on three. Other players include Alphonse Mouzon on three cuts (instead of White), George Cables on Rhodes, John Miller on acoustic piano, a young percussionist named Ronald Jackson (born Ronald Shannon Jackson), pianist Hubert Eaves III (later of D Train fame), trumpeter Charles Sullivan, vocalist Sandy Hewitt (on Eaves' "Understanding" and "Umma Be Me"). Nakamura plays acoustic upright bass on four tracks and electric on two others. The music is very much of its time, and though it is a session players gig, with rotating lineups, there is plenty of fire here. Grossman had already done his stint with Miles Davis and is in fine form on soprano (especially on the opening title cut), and tenor on John Coltrane's "Some Other Blues." White and Mouzon are both outstanding, so the drum chair is killer throughout, no matter who's playing, and Cables' Rhodes work on the Trane cut and "Derrick's Dance," written by Miller, is stellar. Nakamura, for his part, is more than an able bassist; he leads by guiding the rhythm and not standing out as a soloist. This set has aged very well and was finally issued in the states on CD in 2007 on the Passion Music imprint.

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