Joe Downard – Seven Japanese Tales (2020)

Joe Downard - Seven Japanese Tales (2020)
Artist: Joe Downard
Album: Seven Japanese Tales
Label: Ubuntu Music
Year Of Release: 2020
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

01. A Portrait of Shunkin (9:10)
02. Terror (6:11)
03. Bridge of Dreams (5:21)
04. The Tattooer (9:32)
05. Aguri (7:33)
06. The Thief (10:02)
07. A Blind Man’s Tale (10:24)


Joe Downard – Double Bass / Synthesisers
Alex Hitchcock – Tenor Saxophone
James Copus – Trumpet / Flugel Horn
Will Barry – Piano
Rupert Cox – Synthesisers
Felix Ambach – Drums
Jon Moody – Hammond Organ

Seven Japanese Tales is a suite of compositions inspired by the deeply lyrical and moving short stories of the great Japanese writer, Junichiro Tanizaki. The album explores bassist and composer Joe Downard’s interest in Japanese literature and features seven compositions, each named after one of the stories, bringing to life the narratives, characters, moods and dynamics through interweaving melodies, improvised passages, and lush soundscapes. The album features an augmented sextet lineup, including electronic elements and field recordings from Downard’s travels in Japan.

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