Takuya Kuroda – Zigzagger (2016)

Title: Zigzagger
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Concord Records
Genre: Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks) / MP3
Total Time: 64:35
Total Size: 406 MB / 148 MB

01. R.S.B.D.
02. Zigzagger
03. I Don’t Remember How It Began
04. No Sign
05. Do They Know
06. Thirteen
07. Little Words
08. Actors
09. Good Day Bad Habit
10. Think Twice
11. Zigzagger
Jazz trumpeter Takuya Kuroda is a forward-thinking musician with a bent toward mixing post-bop and adventurous soul-jazz. Born in Kobe, Japan, Kuroda followed his older trombonist brother into the local music scene, playing in big bands. After studying music in Japan, Kuroda relocated to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, Kuroda befriended upcoming jazz vocalist José James, who invited Kuroda to record with him. Kuroda appeared on James’ 2010 sophomore album, Blackmagic, and later on No Beginning No End — for which he also wrote the horn arrangements. After leaving Berklee, Kuroda moved to New York City, where he enrolled at the New School’s Jazz and Contemporary Music program, graduating in 2006. After graduating, Kuroda quickly ensconced himself in the vibrant N.Y.C. jazz scene, performing with such artists as Junior Mance, Greg Tardy, Andy Ezrin, Jiro Yoshida, Akoya Afrobeat, Valery Ponomarev’s big band, and others. In 2011, Kuroda released the independently produced album Edge, followed by Bitter & High and Six Aces in 2012. In 2013, Kuroda signed with Blue Note Records and recorded his third solo album, the José James-produced Rising Son. Released in 2014, Rising Son featured a strong soul-jazz and hip-hop influence exemplified by the presence of several Roy Ayers compositions including “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,” which featured James on vocals. ~ Matt Collar

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