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artist:ʡ(RYO FUKUI)
title:

A LETTER FROM SLOWBOAT (LP)

label:WE RELEASE JAZZ (CHE)

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A1. Sonora
A2. Stella by Starlight
A3. Speak Low
A4. Nobody Knows The Trouble Ive Seen
B1. Old Country
B2. Soultrane
B3. Chasin The Bird
B4. Be My Love



We Release Jazz is delighted to announce the official reissue of Ryo Fukuis final album, the very personal contemporary jazz offering, A Letter from Slowboat, sourced from the original masters and available on limited edition 180 gram vinyl mastered at half speed for full audiophile sound, as well as on digipack CD. Known for his miraculous albums Scenery (1976) and Mellow Dream (1977), legendary Hokkaido pianist Ryo Fukui, with the help of his wife Yasuko, opened his very own jazz club in Sapporo in 1995, Slowboat. This is where Ryo Fukui spent the latter half of his career, playing again and again, welcoming peers for unforgettable sessions, and perfecting the craft he lived for: jazz. A Letter from Slowboat is a poetic, soulful, and honest love letter to Hokkaido, to Fukuis jazz club, and to endless hours of practicing artistry in a place called home. Backed by longtime collaborators Takumi Awaya on bass, and Ittetsu Takemura on drums, Ryo Fukui flows through classics and originals with natural class, fluidity and absolute precision, expressing a smooth balance between skills and heart. Slowboat, full of breathtaking solos and exquisite moments of clarity, is another crucial piece in the career of one of the most fascinating jazzmen to ever grace the piano. It was released in 2016, sadly the year Ryo Fukui passed away, leaving behind a legacy of works that is sure to captivate jazz lovers for generations to come, and Slowboat, where the magic still happens to this day. This is reissued in conjunction with Ryo Fukuis Ryo Fukui in New York (1999), also available via We Release Jazz. Points of interests - For fans of jazz, soul jazz, modal, hard bop, piano, Japanese jazz, boats, Sapp






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