JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2016 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Takuya Kuroda at Rochester International Jazz Festival

Takuya Kuroda, a young Japanese trumpet player on the Blue Note label, had a great bass player with a great groove but we've been spoiled big time. The loud electric bass in a large room with hard surfaces is no match for the clarity of the acoustic basses we heard everywhere else in this festival. Takuya's sound is club like so he was a little mystified by the chairs that were carefully arranged in front of the stage. Nowhere near as heavy or funky as mid-seventies Miles but he has found a spot for jazz trumpet in a contemporary setting.

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