Earlier this year, New York-based Japanese trumpeter TAKUYA KURODA turned heads with 'Rising Son,' his debut long player - helmed by singer José James - for the iconic US jazz label, Blue Note. With its refreshing amalgam of funky soul-jazz grooves, percolating Afrobeat-infused rhythms and elegant post-bop horn lines, 'Rising Son' witnessed the Kobe City native stepping out from the shadow of singer José James, with whom he has been recording and touring for the last three years.
But Kuroda isn't an overnight sensation. Like his mentor, James, he's a graduate of New York's renowned New School For Jazz & Contemporary Music and has been toiling in the Big Apple for a decade playing all kinds of gigs to pay the bills. After coming to the attention of James and appearing on the singer's second album, 'Blackmagic,' in 2010, the trumpeter began making his own recordings which resulted in two self-produced, independently-released albums in 2012, 'Six Aces' and 'Bitter & High.'
Kuroda was recently in the UK as sideman for label-mate James but also played some gigs of his own, one of which was at last weekend's prestigious Love Supreme jazz festival near Brighton. The amiable and very talented horn man took time out to talk to SJF's Charles Waring about his music, background and ambitions...
Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 06:55