Takuya Kuroda makes funky jazz for the 22nd century. The Japanese trumpeter’s multiethnic, genre-crossing music knows no bounds, bringing together elements of fusion, funk, acid jazz, electronica, neo-soul, hip-hop, Afrobeat and anything else he can think of. Zigzagger is the follow-up to his 2014 breakout on Blue Note, Rising Son, and it continues in much the same vein. Kuroda and trombonist Corey King etch memorable themes into layers of Takeshi Ohbayashi’s slippery keyboards, Rashaan Carter’s funky bass and the get-up-and-dance beats laid down by drummer Adam Jackson, after which Kuroda lets loose with fierce solos.
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