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KAMIHITOE

Djamra

Jazz Rock/Fusion


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4.30 | 13 ratings | 3 reviews | 38% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Kamihitoe (6:40)
2. New Bound (5:43)
3. The Cave (7:40)
4. Ogiruyas (3:56)
5. Alha-ha (4:33)
6. 94K2 (8:30)
7. Dying Sleeper (5:41)
8. Ajinen (6:04)
9. Dictator (6:35)
10. Ahonoko (9:14)

Total Time 64:36

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Line-up / Musicians

- Masaharu Nakakita / bass
- Akihiro Enomoto / drums
- Shinji Kitamura / saxophone
- Takehiko Fukuda / keyboards
- Akira Ishikawa / guitars
- Dai Akahani / trumpet

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Musea/Poseidon Records FGBG4654/PRF-035

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DJAMRA Kamihitoe ratings distribution


4.30
(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(38%)
38%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
38%
Good, but non-essential (23%)
23%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by snobb
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5 stars Excellent fusion album! Being a fan of Japanese progressive artists, I noticed there are two main streams in Japanese progressive jazz/rock related music from last few decades: some bands (and there were really plenty of them in 80-90-s) play quite competent technically but usually faceless soft fusion, and another are just a brutal hardcore avant.

It's really not very often you can hear well-balanced musically release somewhere in between. Djamra is one of the few band , filling this niche. "Kamihitoe" is their great release,combining very energetic,in tradition of Japanese brutal avant, music with melodic tunes, very complex musicianship, but very jazzy, never too much dissonant or chaotic.

In fact, music of this album is real modern fusion, based on best European traditions, but very full-bodied,tasty,with light courage of Japanese avant in it!Kitamura's sax is everywhere and gives to whole sound very Elton Dean-like feel. Acoustic piano adds post-bop jazz tradition, but at the same time there are many of modern electronic keyboards. Energetic field comes from heavy fusion , some pieces sound almost as heavy metal (being absolutely jazzy at the same time). Bass is deep and very groovy. Rhythms and tempos are changing similar times during each composition, but there are not even traces of chaos ! Music is mostly improvised, but it sounds as pre-composed one! Free jazz sax over the top of many compositions is a last spice which makes this dish a gourmet one.

Possibly one of the best Japanese modern fusion release from last decade. My rating is 4,5,rounded to 5.

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Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
4 stars The title of the album references the difference between genius and madness, 'KAMI' means paper and 'Hitoe' means a very little difference, so it is the thickness of a sheet of paper. This is the third album from this instrumental quintet (guitar, bass, keys, sax, drums) and there are times when all five of them are on exactly the same wavelength and others when they are all pushing forward to front to try and wrest control of the songs from others. But, and this is a huge but, there is always a great deal of control so even if the sax is going off like crazy during the title song he is straight back in with the others at exactly the right moment. There is the feeling that the music is very carefully constructed with an agreement for one or the other to go mad for a set number of bars but that they have to be able to drop right back into the theme at the right moment.

Although this is very much jazz based the guitar is far more from the rock area, much more metallic, but this definitely doesn't come across as lightweight fusion. It is possible to view the band's site in English (something unusual for Japanese bands) at www.djamra.com and also listen to samples and I feel that this is one act that does benefit from hearing first. But if you like inventive progressive jazz then this is one of the most interesting releases from Poseidon. www.poseidon.jp

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4 stars Active, aggressive, avantgarde and after all aholish explosion they can give us! Exactly their third work Kamihitoe is a wonderful chandelier united with their musical brilliancy. They can push strongly their rock flavour rather than jazzy one. Therefore DJAMRA's play is heavier and more aggre ... (read more)

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