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Ryo Fukui Mellow Dream LP 140 Gram Vinyl Half Speed Mastering We Release Jazz Optimal 2018 EU

Ryo Fukui Mellow Dream LP 140 Gram Vinyl Half Speed Mastering We Release Jazz Optimal 2018 EU Maximize
Artist: Ryo Fukui
Title: Mellow Dream
Catalog Number: WRJ002REG
Label: Trio Records
Reissued by: We Release Jazz
Barcode: 4260544825422
Original release year: 1977
Reissue year: 2018
Number of discs: 1
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 140gr
Total Item Weight: 233gr
Pressing country: Germany
For Market Release in: EU
Added to catalog on: February 2, 2019
Note: Never eligible for any further discounts
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Unit Price: 26,74 €

Reference: WRJ3302BJK

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We Release Jazz (Swiss WRWTFWW Records new sister-label) is thrilled to present the official reissue of criminally overlooked Japanese jazz gem Mellow Dream (1977) by Hokkaido pianist wunderkind Ryo Fukui, sourced from the original masters and available on 140g vinyl mastered half speed by Rainer Maillard and pressed at Optimal Media for true audiophile sound.

 

 

  • Official Reissue
  • Cut by Rainer Maillard at Emil Berliner Studios
  • Half Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
  • Audiophile 140 Gram Vinyl
  • Presssed at Optimal Media, Germany

 

 

We Release Jazz (WRWTFWW Records’ new sister-label) is thrilled to present the official reissue of criminally overlooked Japanese jazz gem Mellow Dream (1977) by Hokkaido pianist wunderkind Ryo Fukui, released in conjunction with the its legendary predecessor Scenery, sourced from the original masters and available on 140g vinyl mastered at half speed for audiophile sound.


Firmly standing on the foundation he laid down with Scenery, Ryo Fukui continues his exploration of modal, bop and cool jazz sounds with meticulous grace and absolute mastery. As its title suggests, Mellow Dream ventures into slightly mellower, more soulful, and sometimes more contemplative territories (the Bill Evans-reminiscent "Mellow Dream" and "My Foolish Heart") while still packing the commanding punch Fukui’s work is loved for, as heard on the amazingly bombastic "Baron Potato Blues" or the gigantic McCoy Tyner/John Coltrane-influenced "Horizon" which sees each member of the trio (Satoshi Denpo is on bass and Yoshinori Fukui is on drums) demonstrating their virtuosity for 9 exhilarating minutes. With his sophomore album, Ryo Fukui swings from melancholy to vibrant joy with ease, reminding us that jazz is best served with a pinch of blues, and displays an immensely rare combination of pure talent, unique personal approach and focused discipline. The man undeniably deserves a spot in the pantheon of all-time great jazz pianists.


After releasing the outstanding Scenery and Mellow Dream back to back, Ryo Fukui worked on developing his live skills, often performing at Sapporo’s Slowboat Jazz Club (which he co-founded with his wife Yasuko Fukui), and even releasing 2 live albums. He sadly passed away in March 2016, leaving behind a legacy of works that all jazz lovers should explore.

 

 

Musicians:

 

Bass – Satoshi Denpo
Drums – Yoshinori Fukui
Piano – Ryo Fukui
Producer – Masataka Ito
Recorded By, Mixed By – Masayoshi Ohkawa

 

Track Listing:

 

01. Mellow Dream
02. My Foolish Heart
03. Baron Potato Blues
04. What’s New
05. Horizon
06. My Funny Valentine

 

 


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