Recorded in the U.S. with arranger Teddy Adams, What's Going On embraces in full the American influences that shape it – the polemical R&B of James Brown and Marvin Gaye looms heavy via covers of "Ain't It Funky Now" and the title cut, while the sound and sensibility clearly draw from West coast soul-jazz innovators like Les McCann and Gerald Wilson. But the curiosity and estrangement inherent in the album's stranger-in-a-strange-land origins are in fact its dominant element: Takehiro Honda doesn't simply channel his myriad influences, he also dissects them, taking them apart and putting them back together to understand how they work. The result is a wonderfully eccentric and heartfelt interpretation of American funk rendered in distinctly Japanese terms – studious but a bit goofy, formal yet passionately groovy.
Honda Masato, long-awaited NEW album burst cutting edge sound centering on funk tune! Participating musicians Kajiwara Jun (G), Matsumoto Keiji (P / Key), Sakurai Tetsuo (B), Noritake Hiroyuki (Ds Besides familiar members of the recent "Honda Band", Bob James (P / Key) who also played the first collaboration in the previous work and Blue Note in February 2009, Tetsu Shiotani (P), Yuji Toriyama (G), Greg · Lee (B), Yamaki Hideo (Ds) participated. Although the whole is centered on Funk Tune, it is a musical instrument composition that freely swings from songs such as high-speed 16 beats, meter rhythms, bossa, slow ballads and various song composition, alto as well as soprano, tenor, baritone and flute.
Reissue with the latest 24-bit remastering. Features original cover artwork. Comes with a descripton in Japanese. A Tokyo native born in 1957, Toshiyuki Honda is a professional saxophonist, composer, arranger, and producer. In 1978 he released his first album as a leader, "Burnin' Wave," while still a university student. As one of Japan's best-known saxophonists, Honda has since recorded with a host of world-celebrated musicians including Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, and Christopher Cross among others. Honda is also widely known for his versatile skills as a composer and arranger of scores for TV dramas, commercials, movies, and classical music genres.