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Album Review

A nice album of basic taiko music. The playing, done by a collection of high school students, doesn't come near the complexity of some of the supergroups (such as Kodo), but at the same time pulls no punches. The compositions are largely traditional, and generally not overly complex. This is festival music at its purest, basest level. Pounding drums are the key to everything, riling up the crowds and interlocking rhythms to create a full texture. The kids playing are entirely capable, and add in a handful of related instruments not often heard with the taiko ensemble. The flutes of course are omnipresent in much festival music, but the conch shell (or some relative) is an interesting addition. Taiko groups run the range from the uber-eclectic and forward thinking (again, such as Kodo) to the purely traditional, somewhat more subdued outfits (such as Soh Daiko). This group, with its revolving roster, hits somewhere in the middle, playing traditional music but eschewing the more formal repertoire in favor of something with a good thick groove built in. Worth a listen as a basic primer on the drum ensemble, but venture further afield if it piques your interest.

Customer Reviews

In response to previous comment

I feel that the previous review commenter that gave this album only one star, gave an unjust review based on lacking appreciation and understanding for the purpose of Japanese drumming. The drumming here is actually pretty good. The recording quality could perhaps be a little better, the depth of the drum sounds is somewhat weak. Nonetheless, this is a good drumming album. No distracting implementation of other instruments. I like it.

This albums dope!

The guy who gave this album one star doesnt know what hes talking about. He's probably another jealous taiko drummer or something.

Japanese Drums, Tomoe-Ryu Yutakadaiko
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2007

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