A year before his shocking death at age 25, guitar whiz Tommy Bolin stepped in for Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple. This Japanese concert shows just how awesome that lineup-Coverdale/Bolin/Paice/Lord/Hughes-was, as they play Burn; Highway Star…
Fired by Tommy Bolin's energy, Deep Purple Mk4 laid down the powerful "Come Taste The Band" album in 1975 and set off to reconquer the world. The rollercoaster tour produced some incredible highs, none more so than when they arrived in Japan for a sold out tour in December 1975.
For roughly half a decade, from 1968 through 1975, the Band was one of the most popular and influential rock groups in the world, their music embraced by critics (and, to a somewhat lesser degree, the public) as seriously as the music of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Their albums were analyzed and reviewed as intensely as any records by their one-time employer and sometime mentor Bob Dylan.
Japanese pianist Keiko Matsui is a gentle person, she grows as an artist to a radiant personality, when she performs live. Tokyo born Keiko Matsui devotes her life to her favorite instrument, the piano. Since her fifth birthday she loves and performs this piece of equipment. Classified as New Age or Smooth Jazz musician, she always expands her work to other genres. Blending Eastern and Western influences she has found her own style presented in numerous solo albums.
On the 1976 Silver Session Tour of Japan, Barry Harris played the first set with Sam Jones (bass) and Leroy Williams (drums), then 'the world's greatest Jazz guitarist' (according to Don Schlitten) Jimmy Raney took Harris's spot and played a stellar trio set of his own with Jones and Williams. This deluxe CD includes a 16- page book with original liner notes essay by producer Don Schlitten plus extra photos and session notes, and a new essay by jazz journalist Bill Milkowski who notes: 'His obituary in the New York Times called him one of the most gifted and influential postwar jazz guitarists in the world. Those gifts are on full display on Live in Tokyo'. First US reissue since the original 1976 LP release.
Kathleen Battle and Placido Domingo delight the listener from start to finish in this complilation. Most notable are the duets from La Traviata and The Merry Widow. In my experience of soprano/tenor performances, one voice usually is stronger or more powerful than the other, thus disappointing to that listener who is seeking a perfect blending of voices. Ms. Battle and Mr. Domingo achieve that perfect blend on each duet on this CD. Their solo performances are equally outstanding. It is no wonder they are in such demand with audiences in Japan where this CD was recorded live, as well as throughout the world.