Xanadu producer Don Schlitten writes in the opening line of the original liner notes: “This is the first in a series of albums recorded Live in Tokyo, Japan in April of 1976 from the first (of what we hope to be many) Silver Session Tours in that country.” Featuring bassist Sam Jones and drummer Leroy Williams (drums), Barry Harris – Live in Tokyo “finds him in superbly swinging form, spurred on by the hand-in-glove rhythm tandem of Jones and Williams.” (Bill Milkowski). Deluxe CD includes a 16-page book with original liner notes essays by producer Don Schlitten and Japanese jazz critic Shoichi Yui, a new essay by jazz journalist Bill Milkowski, and extra photos and session notes. First US reissue since the original LP release in 1976.
The smoking alto saxophonist Charles McPherson is joined by guitarist Jimmy Raney, pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Leroy Williams live in Japan in 1976. McPherson says about the Japanese audiences, “They were very polite during the performance, but afterwards they’d come backstage like they were about to burst with appreciation, and it was genuine.” Deluxe CD includes a 16-page book with original liner notes essay by author Tom Piazza, restored original artwork, plus extra photos and session notes, and a new essay by jazz journalist Bill Milkowski who notes: “Bird’s music was very much in evidence on this tour, and particularly on McPherson’s set at Nakano Sun Plaza Hall on April 14, in Tokyo.” First US reissue since the original 1976 LP release.
On the 1976 Silver Session Tour of Japan, Barry Harris played the first set with Sam Jones (bass) and Leroy Williams (drums), then “the world’s greatest Jazz guitarist” (according to Don Schlitten) Jimmy Raney took Harris’s spot and played a stellar trio set of his own with Jones and Williams. This deluxe CD includes a 16-page book with original liner notes essay by producer Don Schlitten plus extra photos and session notes, and a new essay by jazz journalist Bill Milkowski who notes: “His obituary in the New York Times called him ‘one of the most gifted and influential postwar jazz guitarists in the world.’ Those gifts are on full display on Live in Tokyo.” First US reissue since the original 1976 LP release.
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