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Spirit of the Season

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Just when you thought it wasn't possible to add another twist to traditional Christmas music, here come the soft jazz stalwarts of Hiroshima to prove you wrong. Spirit of the Season may offer only mild and gentle surprises, but they're surprises nonetheless: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" as a big-band samba with koto; "Little Drummer Boy" in a plodding orchestral arrangement with heavy metal guitar obbligato and taiko drums (and koto); "I'll Be Home for Christmas" as a sort of gently funky quiet storm ballad, with koto — you get the idea. Granted that challenging people's ears has never really been Hiroshima's gig, but it's still kind of disappointing that they didn't do a bit more with some of these arrangements. That version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" really could have swung a bit harder, and "Little Drummer Boy" could have swung at all. On the other hand, their version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," which puts a closely miked alto flute at the center of the arrangement, is simply gorgeous, and their take on "White Christmas" offers a perfect balance between celebration and sadness. Nice, but not essential.

Biografía

Se formó en: 1974 en Los Angeles, CA

Género: Jazz

Años de actividad: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Hiroshima, a group whose music falls between R&B, pop, world music, and jazz, has long had its own niche. The band integrates traditional Japanese instruments into their musical blend and has generally been both commercial and creative within its genre. Hiroshima's founding members are keyboardist Dan Kuramoto (who also played shakuhachi), June Okida Kuramoto on koto (a key part of the group's sound), Johnny Mori on taiko drums, and Danny Yamamoto on drums, percussion, and taiko. Other additions...
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