The Tokyo Sessions Is it Japan-bashing to say this album's rhythm section of Tokyo-based musicians (pianist Yutaka Shiina, bassist Tomoyuki Shima, and drummer Masahiko Osaka) replicates the sound… The Tokyo Sessions Is it Japan-bashing to say this album's rhythm section of Tokyo-based musicians (pianist Yutaka Shiina, bassist Tomoyuki Shima, and drummer Masahiko Osaka) replicates the sound… Roy Hargrove Antonio Hart Jazz
Music Review

The Tokyo Sessions (1994)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Lead Performances: Roy Hargrove and Antonio Hart; Genre: Jazz

Is it Japan-bashing to say this album's rhythm section of Tokyo-based musicians (pianist Yutaka Shiina, bassist Tomoyuki Shima, and drummer Masahiko Osaka) replicates the sound of mid-'50s jazz with admirable precision but little feeling or originality? Nope: American guest soloists Hargrove and Hart regurgitate the bop argot with exactly the same icy reverence.

Originally posted Mar 04, 1994 Published in issue #212 Mar 04, 1994 Order article reprints
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