Teruo Nakamura
Kozmigroov Albums
Unicorn [Three Blind Mice, 1973]
Rising Sun [Polydor, 1977]
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A landmark album from the Japanese fusion scene of the 70s -- a killer set of tracks recorded by bassist Teruo Nakamura, with help from a host of American soul jazz luminaries! The album's easily one of Nakamura's most sought-after sets -- cut in New York in 1973, with players that include Steve Grossman, George Cables, Lenny White, Hubert Eaves, and Alphonze Mouzon. Tracks are long and jamming, but also have a wonderfully soulful component -- a bit of the post-Coltrane spiritualism of some of Gary Bartz's early albums, and some of the open-ended styles you might hear on a label like Strata East. Singer Sandy Hewitt sings on 2 tracks -- including the funky "Umma Be Me", which almost feels like an Andy Bey groover from the same time! [DustyGroove]

if he's the bassist, who is the dynamite trumpeter?