YASUKATSU OSHIMA

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Shima Wataru - Across The Islands

YASUKATSU OSHIMA

Shima Wataru - Across The Islands

Ref: FSD5995


Price: 26.99

Welcome new album from the brilliant Yasukatsu Oshima, one of the best of the current crop of Okinawan musicians. 13 original songs mostly written by Oshima, accompanied by some wonderful musicians including Kanako Hatoma (vocals, sanshin, sanba), Kenji Kondo from Kuricorder Quartet (acoustic guitar, ukulele), Tetsu Sanday Nakasone (taiko), Katsumi Usui (percussion, drums), Hiroshi Yamaguchi of Heatwave (electric guitar, bouzuki) and Sakana Hosomi also of Heatwave, (hamond organ, accordion, electric piano).

1. Kawa 2. Tabiji 3. Matsuri No Ato 4. Kunatsuyu 5. Ryuusei 6. Mantara Iwai 7. Yunamuri 8. Hateruma 9. Shima Wataru 10. Itayoi Tsukiya Hama 11. Agarikata Bushi 12. Tabiji 13. Yunamuri




Yasukatsu Oshima with Geoffrey Keezer

YASUKATSU OSHIMA WITH GEOFFREY KEEZER

Yasukatsu Oshima with Geoffrey Keezer

Ref: FSD3434


Price: 26.99

Geoffrey Keezer is a first class jazz pianist, having started off playing with Art Blakey then going to record with a host of top musicians from Diana Krall to Chick Corea. He is also a great collaborative musician having played with Hawaii's Keola Beamer. Like many before him, including fellow pianists George Winston and Michael Nyman, he seems to have caught the Okinawa bug and has recorded an album with Yaeyama's Yasukatsu Oshima. Oshima is a fantastic sanshin player, has Okinawan music running through his vains and is one of the best interpreters of traditional songs. Excellent album of 10 songs, with Keezer an innovative yet wholy respectful collaborator. Recorded in New York the album also features several of Keezer's regular jazz band, on saxes, clarinet, electric guitar, trumpet and drums. A varied album with some hauntingly beautiful moments, and some more upbeat joyful times. Recommended. 1. Ryusei ( Oshima original) 2. Tsuki nu Kaisha (Yaeyama traditional) 3. Kuinupana (Yaeyama traditional) 4. Sukikanna (Okinawa traditional) 5. Tinsagu nu Hana (Okinawa traditional) 6. Menuhama (Okinawa traditional) 7. Agarikata Bushi (Oshima original) 8. Sagechijyuya (Okinawa traditional) 9. Ufarakuitsui (Yaeyama traditional) 10. Uyamaari (Yaeyama traditional).




Island Journey

YASUKATSU OSHIMA

Island Journey

Ref: FSD2652a


Price: 26.99

Excellent new album from the wonderful singer and sanshin player from Ishigaki island, Yaeyama. Oshima has a brittle, expressive voice, steeped in tradition yet distinctively his own. On this album of 13 tracks, Oshima plays both traditional standards from Yaeyama and Miyako island, and a smattering of his own songs. The impressive guest list includes Kanako Hatoma (voice, hayashi (backing vocals) sanshin, UA (hayashi) Ayano Kinjo of Kiroro (piano), Jiang Juan Hua (erhu) and Dermot Byrne from Altan (accordion).

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Island Time

YASUKATSU OSHIMA

Island Time

Ref: FSD1715a


Price: 26.99

Ohshima's fifth album and one of his best. His dramatic voice and sanshin are accompanied by mainly violin, guitar and percussion. However, there is little compromise to Western music, despite the songs being mostly Ohshima originals, they still sound deeply rooted in hundreds of years of tradition. Finally receiving some deserved recognition at home, and has successfully toured in the UK. Still in his early thirties, arguably the new standard bearer of Okinawan traditional music. Comes with excellent English liner notes and lyric translations.



Songs of My Islands

YASUKATSU OSHIMA

Songs of My Islands

Ref: FSD1434


Price: 26.99

From Ishigaki island, Yaeyama, solo sanshin and vocal performace from probably the best of the younger musicians playing the traditional music. While an excellent CD, lacks the variety of his previous album.



Ari Nu Tu

YASUKATSU OSHIMA

Ari Nu Tu

Ref: FSD1256a


Price: 26.99

Ohshima is the young upholder of Okinawan traditional music. Soulful voice plus sanshin, original and traditional pieces. Excellent.



Now , O Now I Need Must Part

YASUKATSU OSHIMA AND ORQUESTA BORE

Now , O Now I Need Must Part

Ref: FSD1069


Price: 26.99

Essential release. Okinawa shima uta meets horns in a compelling mix. In the same vain as Tetsuhiro Daiku or Soul Flower.



Nishi Kaji, Hai Kaji

YASUKATSU OSHIMA

Nishi Kaji, Hai Kaji

Ref: FSD678


Price: 26.99

Brilliant first album by young singer from Yaeyama. Sanshin alongside blusey slide guitar, playing traditional and original compositions.



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