Hozan Yamamoto & Yu Imai - Akuma Ga Kitarite Fue Wo Fuku
We’ve got a bit of an obsession with Hozan Yamamoto here at Mr Bongo! A legend of Japanese jazz, he is rightly regarded as a true master and was recog- nised as a “living national treasure” by the Japanese government in 2002. Over five decades he pushed the genre into new directions, absorbing fusion, funk, spiritual jazz and many other sounds, resulting in a discography studded with gems of rare beauty. Exploring his back catalogue has taken us on an engross- ing journey that now sees us reissuing another work from this ground-breaking musician.
Though not translating perfectly into English ‘Akuma Ga Kitarite Fue Wo Fuku’, (kitarite has not been a modern expression in Japanese) roughly means ‘The Devil Comes Playing The Flute’ / ‘The Devil Is Coming While Blowing The Whis- tle’ or ‘Devils Flute’. It is the original soundtrack to K sei Sait ‘s 1979 mystery and suspense movie, ‘Devil’s Flute’. The film is based on a story by the famous author, Seishi Yokomizo, and is centred around a much-loved fictional Japanese detective, Kosuke Kindaichi. A Japanese Sherlock Holmes that has been popu- lar for generations.
Hozan Yamamoto was invited to compose the soundtrack directly by the pro- ducer of the film, Haruki Kadokawa. Mr Kadokawa also hired keyboard player and producer Yu Imai as assistant producer on the project, resulting in a stun- ning cosmic, breaks and beats-laden, funk, disco soundtrack extravaganza.
When it comes to the soundtrack and the technology of the time, Hozan Yama- moto and Yu Imai got inventive, tripped out, funked up, and experimented, creating a quirky soundtrack masterpiece that needed to be heard more out- side of Japan. Differing from the more traditional Japanese music orientation of some of his other albums such as ‘Beautiful Bamboo-Flute’ (also released on Mr Bongo) the album showcases a number of genres, from lush atmospheric incidental music to disco and funk grooves, experimental nuggets, drum and flute workouts, to neo-classical and more.
Artist: Hozan Yamamoto & Yu Imai
Label: Mr Bongo
Format: Vinyl LP
Cat Number: MRBLP234
Released: 17th September 2021