Premiere: Ryo Kawasaki – Hawaiian Caravan


“A label for music with soul” NuNorthern Soul have been releasing music since 2012 that brings warmth and light to your musical palette. Given that they focuss largely on new music – B.J. Smith and Ragz Nordset being particular highlights – and compilations, their latest release came slightly out of the left field.

A writer, arranger, guitarist, producer, software innovator and amateur astronomer, Ryo Kawasaki is one of the greats, not just in Japan but throughout the jazz-speaking world. Compiled by NNS boss Phil Cooper, Selected Works narrows the scope of Kawasaki’s catalogue to just five tracks in a four year recording period; an impressive coup for the label, it’s also a huge service to contemporary music.

Taken from Ryo featuring Concierto De Aranjuez (1982), we’re delighted to give ‘Hawaiian Caravan’ a fresh lease of life in this old-but-new Premiere. As if David Axelrod and Rhythm & Sound had made music love together, this is a dubbed out slice of psychedelic jazz, epitomising the fusion of styles that Kawasaki became a pioneer for in the 1970s.

Selected Work 1979 to 1983 is out 11th April – pre-order from Bandcamp. Ryo returns to Ronnie Scotts for the first time in over 30 years on 6th April.

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