- Audio CD (November 5, 1996)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Blue Note Records
- ASIN: B000005H75
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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"Too Much Sake" is a surprise because, besides the title, it's hard-swinging latin-tinged jazz all the way. Notice how Cook lifts his solo to a new level in mid-flight, firing up the entire group. "Sayonara Blues" begins the real oriental journey and Horace gives it lots of compositional and solo room. "Toyko Blues" has a stunning Mitchell trumpet solo. But this is Horace's group and he solos with aplomb, funk, and angular inventiveness. The marvelous trio performance of "Cherry Blossom" is pure beauty from beginning to end, again with lots of breathing room. Horace shows off his unique approach to piano with a solo full of vaguely familiar quotes and fabulous phrases. "Ah, So" is pure joy with a complex head and lots of strong blowing by all concerned.
I consider this CD as the other bookend with Horace's spectacular "Silver's Serenade". "Song For My Father" was great, but "Tokyo Blues" and "Silver's Serenade" are toppers. Six Stars for "Toyko Blues". An Essential CD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic Japan Blue Note of one of Horace's best recording, as a serious Blue Note collector it was great to get this Japanese version for my collection. Read morePublished 10 months ago by JAZZMAN65
This recording I would recommend to anyone just discovering Horace Silver or someone that is a "seasoned listener" to his recording career.Published on September 28, 2013 by R. Williams
This is a classic album. Horace Silver keeps things rocking and his sidemen do their part to perfection. This is the essence of hard bop and it merits multiple listenings.Published on September 11, 2012 by Daniel Lederer
This was an interesting attempt by Silver to release a thematic record organized around an East Asian theme (the group had just returned from a successful Japanese tour), although... Read morePublished on January 2, 2003 by Stan J.