Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Makoto Ozone - After (1986)

Japanese Import

At this point in his career, Ozone was considered a "young traditionalist" in the jazz world. And this release certainly supports that definition of the jazz pianist - he was only 25 at the time of this release and his music fit in with the revivalist Young Lions movement of the 80s.  At this point in his career, Ozone was working closely with vibraphonist Gary Burton, who doesn't appear on this release but produces it. Ozone's writing hasn't fully developed at this point, but it's pretty darn good and the pros here (including Eddie Gomez on bass) make it shine.

Cash Box, June 6, 1986, p. 22

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
Peak on Billboard's Jazz Album chart: #33

Tracks: While there's not a stinker in bunch, the real prize is the title track. Also good are the swinging Kato's Revenge and the final track, Improvisation.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I was recently looking at a 1986 jazz album chart where this album sat in the #33 spot. Having never heard of it, I pulled up the title track on YouTube. After one listen, I ordered the CD. Glad I did. I missed this one 30+ years ago which is a shame because I woulda listened to the crap out of this thing in 1986.

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