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Fly Moon Die Soon / Takuya Kuroda

Takuya Kuroda - Fly Moon Die Soon

First Word

"Fly Moon Die Soon" is the latest lp from Trumpeter Takuya Kuroda and his first on First Word Records. The Kobe Japan native and now Brooklyn resident's sixth full length release is more groove based than previous releases yet still navigates seamlessly between Jazz and funk. Kuroda's approach for this recording is more raw and organic, culimating in a warm and soulful project "ABC" is feverish jazz funk with a wicked bass groove. "Moody" also brims with heat. Kuroda's warm soloing glides along side engaging synth melodies. Kuroda also puts his stamp on two covers here. The Ohio Players "Sweet Sticky Things" receives proper justice but I really love what he does with Herbie Hancock's "Tell Me A Bedtime Story", injecting a dose of exuberant funk. Kuroda continues to grow with each release. In a short time he's compiled an impressive catalogue. I wouldn't say it's his best but you'll no doubt enjoy it as much as his other albums.

Reg Dancy, 01/21