New Release! Mariko Hamada "Lounge Roses"


I recorded a session for the great musician/producer Makoto Kubota. It’s the opening track “Tokyo Dodompa Girl” from Mariko Hamada’s new album “Lounge Roses”, which was released last month by Columbia Japan. The song has a laid-back New Orleans-style groove, and was a lot of fun to record!

素晴らしいミュージシャンとプロデューサーの久保田 麻琴さんからリクエストが来ました。久保田さんプロデュースのアルバム『LOUNGE ROSES -浜田真理子の昭和歌謡』のトラック「東京ドドンパ娘」に参加させていただきました。いいニューオーリンズグルーブだった!久保田さんありがとう!

New Release! Shun Ishiwaka Songbook3






I think Shun Ishiwaka is emerging as one of the most important musicians of his generation. He’s an astonishingly original drummer, working mostly in Jazz, but also a wide range of other music. And his compositions, which can be heard on his Songbook albums, are really original and important, in my humble opinion.

We first worked together in Suga Dairo’s band, assembled for Shirai Akira’s production of “The Rise And Fall of The City of Mahagonny” at KAAT in 2016, and I was delighted when he asked me to play on the song OldfriendzII on his new album, Songbook3. Also, although we didn’t get to play together in the same room on the same day, and we’ve actually yet to meet, it was a great pleasure to play the opening chorale with Ayaka Sato, and her excellent multi-tracked euphonium. I hope we get to play together some time, in the same room!


New Release! 「坂道のアポロン」 Kids on the Slope




A CD arrived in the post this morning. The soundtrack for 「坂道のアポロン」Sakamichi No Apollon or Kids On The Slope, the new movie based on the popular manga series. The music was written by the supremely talented bassist, composer and nice guy Suzuki Masato, and I'm playing on one track. It was only a short piece, and I think we might have set a new record for the world's quickest recording session! But he wrote really nicely for the tuba, and it ends with a nice solo trill. The film is in cinemas right now. I hope I get the chance to see it soon!