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Hiroaki Honshuku's Racha Fora: Happy Fire - New Kind of Jazz

Read "Happy Fire - New Kind of Jazz" reviewed by Troy Dostert

There's certainly no shortage of self-confidence in a musician who decides to subtitle an album New Kind of Jazz, as does Hiroaki Honshuku on the third release by his jazz fusion band Racha Fora. The group does possess a distinctive sound, to be sure, in large part due to its instrumentation: with Honshuku the dominant presence on flute, piccolo or EWI, he's joined by violinist Rika Ikeda and electric guitarist Andre Vasconcelos, who provides a lot of the rhythmic thrust ...


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