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Hiroshima is an American jazz fusion band formed in 1974 by Sansei Japanese American Dan Kuramoto (wind instruments and band leader), June Kuramoto (koto), Johnny Mori (percussion and taiko), & Danny Yamamoto (keyboards and drums). Named for the Japanese city of Hiroshima, they are best known for the fusing of Japanese music and other forms of world music into their playing. Their early jazz-pop R&B sound gave them a huge following among the African American community and they are regarded as musical pioneers amongst the Asian American and Japanese American community. Hiroshima became popular in the smooth jazz community upon the release of their 1985 album, Another Place, which spawned their crossover hit "One Wish." The highlight of Hiroshima's career was being the opening act for the Miles Davis 1990 world tour

Departure

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012
Track listing: Have You Ever Wondered; Koto Cruise; Blues for Sendal; Smiling Jack; See You Again (Ja Mata Ne Moody); Yamasong Duet; First Nation; Thousand Cranes (2011); One Wish (Trio).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hiroshima: Departure

Read "Departure" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Departure isn't as much a radical departure as it is the next step in Hiroshima's evolution away from smooth jazz mainstay into a tight unit of skilled players making consistently solid music. The band is still built around multi-instrumentalist Dan Kuramoto and June Kuramoto}'s kinetic koto performances. James “Kimo" Cornwell's keyboard is an underrated strength, as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Uou: Home

Read "Home" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The long and interesting road for five students--from Japan to Berklee College of Music in Boston, and then to New York's exhilarating jazz scene--arrives at their splendid group recording, aptly titled Home. The band, named UoU, consists of members who have garnered numerous individual recognitions and awards, and studied/performed with a who's who's list of today's ...

Legacy

Label: Heads Up International
Released: 2009
Track listing: Winds of Change, Turning Point, One Wish, Dada, I've Been Here Before, East, Roomful of Mirrors, Another Place, Save Yourself For Me, Hawaiian Electric, Thousand Cranes.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hiroshima: Legacy

Read "Legacy" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

For a band as long-lived as Hiroshima--and one that has enjoyed as extensive a recording career--the gap in its career is the lack of a proper retrospective of 30 years in the music industry.Legacy represents both a celebration of Hiroshima's first decade and something of a compromise. Over 11 tracks the group revisits some ...

Little Tokyo

Label: Heads Up International
Released: 2007
Track listing: Midnight Sun; On the Fence; Lanai; Red Beans and Rice; Sir Charles; Hidden Times; Shades of Honor; Quan Yin; Drama; Hiro Chill; Little Tokyo Underground.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hiroshima: Little Tokyo

Read "Little Tokyo" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

There's something about the word “crossover that makes musicians and their fans cringe--as if it's bad to be considered diverse. Yet that's exactly what Hiroshima is--a band that plays a little bit of everything.Originating in Los Angeles, this Japanese-American ensemble has been a lesson in cultural diversity since its beginnings in 1974 and album ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hiroshima: Little Tokyo

Read "Little Tokyo" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Something seems to happen to many bands after they enter 20 to 25 years of making music. They seem to run out of new and interesting things to say and pretty soon all they do is recycle the same scant ideas over and over as they become dim parodies of themselves. You see this happen all ...

Obon

Label: Heads Up International
Released: 2005
Track listing: Swiss Ming, China Latina, Kototsu-Han (San Kyoku), Atomic Caf


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