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A Great Follow Up to "Obon"
on August 4, 2007
"Obon" will be remembered as one of Hiroshima's very best albums, mainly because they got rid of the vocalists & doing cover songs & focus mainly what made them popular; mixing jazz with East Asian & other styles of world music.
Whereas "Obon" was largely Asian favored, "Little Tokyo" takes us around the world & back. From the middle-eastern-sounding "Midnight Sun" to a trip to the Caribbean with "Sir Charles". "Red Beans & Rice" is a tip to New Orleans while "Drama" is a R&B-ish track.
For those who want East Asian favors, it's still present with "Hidden Times" (who would have known that kotoist June Kuramoto had a Black family that she never knew about until recently), "Shades of Honor" (which should have been the disc closer not "Little Tokyo Underground") & the Chinese sounding "Quan Yin" (with the return of erhuist Karen Hwa-Chee Han).
As with "Obon", Hiroshima scores a winner. Fans of the group won't be disappeared.