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Album Review

For over 30 years, Hiroshima have established a singularly unique musical footprint in contemporary ethnic jazz fusion. Combining funky beats with synthesizers and their native Japanese instruments the koto, and taiko drums, the group has become quite popular worldwide even though their name is a reminder of a sorry incident in history. This collection is one of several the group have planned to celebrate their three decades together, in this instance remaking music from their first ten years via a fresh perspective. As co-leaders, multi-instrumentalist Dan Kuramoto and koto player June Kuramoto continue to give the ensemble their multicultural core values while retaining the rich traditions of the Asian homeland with current-day American backbeat rhythms. At their heaviest, "Dada" sports a rock-type guitar, while "I've Been Here Before" is lighter and more soulful. "East" has an interactive quality due to its minimalism via a marimba synthesizer and the acoustic piano playing of Kimo Cornwell, "Hawaiian Electric" is the best jam and very upbeat, and the taiko drums played by Shoji Kameda during "Another Place" contrast with the funk beat, and comes together with the shakuhachi flute of Dan Kuramoto. Terry Steele sings on the blatant ooh-yeah pop tune "Save Yourself for Me," and a Philly soul element is used for the slow ballad "Roomful of Mirrors". This music tends to be a bit grandiose as "Winds of Change" demonstrates, but there's enough diversity with the soprano, tenor sax, or flute of Dan Kuramoto, and the absolutely lovely koto work of June Kuramoto, including a fair amount of improvising, to make this music relatively interesting. Fans of Hiroshima will want this collection to hear how these pieces have evolved from their initial recordings, and newcomers can be equally pleased. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews

do not like updated version of songs

I love Hiroshimas music. (original versions) I do not like updated versions of most of the music they have on this particular album. If they were to come up with sounds like original "Turning Point", One Wish, "Ive been here before" and "Thousand cranes" which made them famous before they would make another hit album.

Back to the old school and playing better than ever!!!

This CD is phenomenal!! It shows the band right where they should be after 30 years in the business. The musicianship is top notch . June Kuramoto and Kimo Cornwell are really tearing it up on Another Place. It harkens back to the days of old school fusion. The rhythm section of Dean Cortez and Danny Yamamoto lay a great foundation and groove, check out East. The mix and production are very pleasing to the ears. This has got to be the best effort from this band to date. The vocal songs really shine. I really like the female singer on Dada and Roomful of Mirrors. Kudos to Hiroshima for another great CD.

A Hiroshima Experience!

Hiroshima ranks in my top ten favorite jazz groups and Legacy is ample proof of the reason why. I've been collecting their music almost from day one, and was blessed to meet the group and sit on stage during one of their performances at San Antonio's Jazz'salive Festival. I'm naturally a bit aprehensive of remakes, but Legacy is alive with a fresh breeze from the East....... a totally enjoyable Hiroshima experience!


Formed: 1974 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '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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