4 X 4 (Four By Four)
Alfa Records, 1982

September 12, 2018

Japanese jazz band Casiopea was formed in 1977

Japanese jazz band Casiopea was formed in 1977. The members are Issei Noro on guitar (Yoshio Ichio), Minoru Mukaiya on keyboards, Akira Jimbo on drums (Godguard) and Tetsuo Sakurai on bass. Both Casiopea and T-Square come from Japan, and their sound is based on Funk and Fusion styles. They are considered one of the most technical Japanese jazz band.
They have published more than 40 albums in over 40 years of career, and they have also collaborated with famous musicians as Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker and David Sanborn.
The sound of Casiopea is based on guitar, while the one of T-Square relies the colors of the saxophone and flute.
The styles and arrangements of the two bands are quite similar and are oriented towards the US Jazz Fusion.
4 X 4 is the eighth album of Casiopea, and it’s a collaboration with four top American jazz musicians.
Title: 4 X 4 (Four By Four)
Label: Alfa ‎– ALR-28045
Released: 1982
Producer: Shunsuke Miyazumi
Guest musicians: Lee Ritenour – Electric guitar, Don Grusin – Keyboards, Harvey Mason – drums, Nathan East – Electric Bass
Track List
A side
Mid-Manhattan 4:37
Pavane – Pour Une Infunte Defunte 5:32
Transatlantic 5:37
B side
Galactic Funk 6:04
Kauai 3:51
Chandelier 4:27
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