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Yoshida Brothers – Frontier 2003

Posted in JAZZ, Yoshida Brothers on December 26, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Yoshida Brothers – Frontier 2003

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Includes track(s) arranged by Akira Inoue. Contains 10 tracks including classic songs written by Rentaro Taki (“Koujou no Tsuki”), and more.
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They are a pair of brothers and performers of the traditional Japanese music style of Tsugaru-jamisen which originated in northern Japan. They debuted in 1999 in Japan as a duo playing the shamisen. Their first album sold over 100,000 copies and made them minor celebrities in Japan, a fact that surprised the Yoshida Brothers themselves. They have since attracted an international audience.

Their music has been a fusion of the rapid and percussive Tsugaru-jamisen style along with Western and other regional musical influences. In addition to performing songs that are only on the shamisen, they also use modern instruments such as drums and synthesizers
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Since then, the Yoshida Brothers have released three more hit albums in Japan: 2000?s Move, 2002?s Soulful, and 2003´s **Frontier**, with total sales approaching 300,000. Over the extraordinary course of their ascendant career, they have incorporated textures and sounds from various and sundry global music idioms into their unique artistry, including Peruvian folk, Spanish flamenco, Chinese flute, and rock ?n roll, all within the context of innovative yet authentic Tsugaru-shamisen.
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Ryoichiro Yoshida
Kenichi Yoshida
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01. Frontier
02. Arigatou
03. Tsugaru Jonngarabushi – Yoshida Kennichi
04. Shippuu
05. Saiunn
06. Kagerou
07. Tsugaru Jonngarabushi – Yoshida Ryouichirou
08. Yuunagi
09. OLDNEW – Modan Dai San Shou
10. Koujou No Tsuki
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Yoshida Brothers – Soulful 2002

Posted in JAZZ, Yoshida Brothers on December 16, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Yoshida Brothers – Soulful 2002

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Having incited a musical revolution in Japan, especially among the younger generations, the Yoshida Brothers are recognized for their valiant and adventuresome use of the Tsugaru Shamisen, a three-stringed Japanese lute which evolved in the Tsugaru region in the northern part of Japan. Embracing the distinct and penetrating voice of this striking instrument, whose origin can be traced back to the Arabic oud, and mixing it among textures that range from an expansive film soundtrack quality to a kind of world fusion rock to tracks squarely approaching folk blues and jazz, this duo’s ingenuity is surprisingly limitless, so much so that they have become superstars in their native land. At times, treating the shamisen more as a rock guitar or a banjo than with its traditional voicing, their creations repeatedly dazzle and move listeners, whether they be soft and fluid or driving and forceful. It takes only seconds of listening to understand why these brothers have created such a stir.
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Yoshida Brothers have released three more hit albums in Japan: 2000?s Move, 2002?s Soulful, and 2003?s Frontier, with total sales approaching 300,000. Over the extraordinary course of their ascendant career, they have incorporated textures and sounds from various and sundry global music idioms into their unique artistry, including Peruvian folk, Spanish flamenco, Chinese flute, and rock ?n roll, all within the context of innovative yet authentic Tsugaru-shamisen.
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01. Tabidachi (Starting On A Journey)
02. Hyakka Ryouran (Blooming)
03. Madrugada
04. Storm
05. Namonaki Oka (A Hill With No Name)
06. Tsuraru Jyangara Bushi (Kenichi Version)
07. Labyinth (Modern Second Movement)
08. Moyuru (Sprouting)
09. Fukaki Umi No Kanata (Beyond The Deep Sea)
10. Tsuraru Jyangara Bushi (Ryoichiro Version)
11. Storm (TM Mix)
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