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Fantasia (UGETSU) by Bill Ohashi & The Bridge Sextet

Bill Ohashi is a Brooklyn based trombonist with much to offer. He recently sent along a copy of Fantasia which includes six long cuts from legendary modern jazz composers. The CD includes What Know? (Lee Morgan), Our Thing (Joe Henderson), Ojos de Rajo (Cedar Walton), Ernie's Theme (Fred Lacey), Fantasia (Cedar Walton) and Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum (Wayne Shorter). Trombonist Ohashi studied at Berkeley, Julliard and Mannes College under such luminaries as Herb Pomeroy, Jimmy Cleveland, Charles Mariano and John Coffrey.

Bill has every right to be a "name-dropper" having performed with Ray Charles, Dakota Staton, Maynard Ferguson, Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Frank Sinatra, Gil Evans, Lionel Hampton and Freddie Hubbard; just to mention a few from a list dating from the 60's to today. Fantasia (UGETSU) is a fine album loaded with great soloists including Dave Schnitter - tenor sax, Richard Vitale - trumpet/flugelhorn, Harris Simon - piano, Bassists, George Kaye and Lynn Seaton; Drummers, Mike Clark and Drory Mudlak not to forget Bill Ohashi who in some instances brings back memories of the late Frank Rosolino. The cuts are up-tempo tunes with the exception of the beautiful ballad "Ernie's Theme". I liked this album very much!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Bill Ohashi & The Bridge Sextet
  • CD Title: Fantasia (UGETSU)
  • Year Released: 1996
  • Record Label: E.A.R, Records
  • Rating: Five Stars
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