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From Now On by Nobuki Takamen

Japanese and New Jersey based guitarist Nobuki Takamen has released a new opus. "C.M.G," opens this album. This endeavour showcases Brian Beninghove on tenor sax, Hitoshi Kanda in bass, and Makoto Kikuchi in drums. The band inoculates phrases with buoyancy.

Takamen’s guitar bring out sounds of great dexterity ("One Big Shot", "Smile", "Like Blue", "3 X 4", "Message for the Messengers", "Nine", "From Now On"), sometimes in tandem with the band, securing a bounty of husky, tonal voices and wild hues. Kikuchi’s drum groove sets effortless tempos and elegance sustaining perfect bits... That said Nobuki Takamen’s inspiration is brilliant, gentle marked and pushed along Contemporary oriented structures which he takes with freshness from melodic classic and very jazzy phrases.

The band is predictive, lead by Takamen swinging with force instilled from his soul. "From No Own" is a groovy track.... a tuneful creation on which Takama’s strings truly catch one’s imagination. The collective vibe into a fluid motion of rhythm and musicality. This is a delectable contemporary jazz quartet that sojourns into to the excitement instigated by Takamar’s muse.

From these ten pieces triggered by Nobuki Takamen, this quartet concentrates good music in excited tracks in which prevails osmosis and pitches between these artists. Recommended.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Nobuki Takamen
  • CD Title: From Now On
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2008
  • Record Label: Whats New Records'
  • Tracks: C.M.G., Scenes, One Big Shot, Smile, Like Blue, 3 X 4, Message for the Messengers, Nebergall Loop, Nine, From Now On
  • Musicians: Nobuki Takamen (guitar & pen), Bryan Beninghove (tenor sax), Hitoshi Kanda (piano), Toshiyuki Tanahashi (bass), Makoto Kikuchi (drums)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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