Ryo Kawasaki – Raisins (1976)

Raisins by Ryo Kawasakion is the intense first track on the album Juice from 1976, his debut U.S. album, made for RCA.

In 1973, Kawasaki arrived in New York. A friend picked him up at the airport and offered him an immediate gig with Joe Lee Wilson playing at the Lincoln Center as part of the Newport Jazz Festival. Soon Ryo was jamming regularly as part of the jazz community’s “loft scene”, and was invited to play with Bobbi Humphrey. A few months later, Ryo walked up to his apartment and found a stranger waiting for him at his front door. It was Gil Evans and he invited Ryo to join The Gil Evans Orchestra (David Sanborn, Howard Johnson, Tom Malone, Lew Soloff) which was then working on a jazz recording of Jimmy Hendrix compositions. Hendrix had dreamed up the concept with Evans, but Jimi died a week before the project started in 1970. [source]

Ryo Kawasaki (Lead Guitar, Strings)
Stu Woods (Bass)
Jimmy Young (Drums)
Engineer, Mixed By [Remix] – Bob Simpson
Hugh McCracken (Rhythm Guitar)
Tom Coster (Keyboards, Synthesizer)
Muhammad Abdullah (Percussion)
Sam Morrison (Tenor Saxophone , Soprano Saxophone, Flute)
Mike Lipskin (Synthesizer, Percussion)

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