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This is a reissue of his 3rd album "Masterless Samurai", which was originally released by Headfirst/MCA in 1978.
When the album came out, the renowned music critic Nat Hentoff wrote in Cosmopolitan magazine: One of the year's most fascinating aural-emotional experiences.
For Osamu's fans, this is one of the eagerly-awaited albums among his classics launched as CD.
Guest Musicians : Victor Feldman, Stix Hooper, John Klemmer, Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acuna, Bobby Hutcherson, Russell Kunkel, Dennis Belfield and Brian Whitcomb
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But there are a plethora of fantastic music on this album! The title track is charged, engaging the listener from the moment it begins, and features an orchestral arrangement seldom heard in modern recordings. Another song to which I took an immediate liking was "Sei...Essence" which just had a way of penetrating my stress-triggered defenses, allowing me to forget all else for the few minutes it last. Then there are a number of other songs that did not grab me upon my initial exposure, but quickly grew on me as I listened to the album more and more. What I love about Osamu Kitajima is that he truly brings forth the unique beauty of Japanese music and sensibility to his work. Pieces like "Golden Mean" and "Breath of Night" take the time to draw the listener into the fabric of their arrangements with ornate and ambient overtures that, for my money, strengthen the whole and take it to an artistic level rarely heard.
I never thought I would hear would hear music written by Osamu Kitajima that I like more than B000003YZO Behind the Light, but this album nearly rivals it! In truth, the two albums cannot be fairly compared with one another; his 1992 release was so clinical in its precision and execution while this rare gem from 1980 is rife with the lively arrangements that a complete band of musicians can provide. This composer, multi-instrumentalist, and top-notched producer has released an impressive and varied catalog worthy of seeking out and hearing, but I would recommend these two albums for anyone purchasing his work for the first time.
Also note: Delivery was on time and in excellent condition. I heard this album today for the first time in over 20 years. Well worth the wait.