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Takuya Kuroda: Zigzagger

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 … Read More “Takuya Kuroda: Zigzagger”

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Takuya Kuroda: Rising Son

Japanese trumpeter Takuya Kuroda currently works with singer José James, and Rising Son shares James’ controversial penchant for genre bending. (James also produced the album, Kuroda’s first for Blue Note and fourth overall, and performs on one track.) It’s alternately jazz, funk, hip-hop, R&B, Afrobeat and club music, but the music isn’t as muddled as … Read More “Takuya Kuroda: Rising Son”

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