Listen: Hozan Yamamoto With Sharps & Flats – “よさこい節” [1971]

You thought I was done with the grooves? I am always on the hunt for the perfect groove, so don’t ever doubt me again. This time I’m coming at you with the 1971 album Beautiful Bamboo Flute by Hozan Yamamoto with Sharps & Flats, an album that pretty much sounds as it’s called: beautiful bamboo flute playing with a serious jazzfunk band stacked behind. On my first listen I was immediately getting Arthur Verocai band vibes, with heavy, fat bass & drums, nimble guitar and booming horns. Only instead of great vocals in Portuguese, you’re getting an ethereal, pure flute sound cutting through with grace. A more modern example might be Badge Époque Ensemble, where their flute playing takes some center stage. Either way, it’s totally wild and 100% worth your time.

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