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Hiroshima

Hiroshima, a group whose music falls between R&B, pop, world music, and jazz, has long had its own niche. The band integrates traditional Japanese instruments into their musical blend and has generally been both commercial and creative within its genre. Hiroshima's founding members are keyboardist Dan Kuramoto (who also played shakuhachi), June Okida Kuramoto on koto (a key part of the group's sound), Johnny Mori on taiko drums, and Danny Yamamoto on drums, percussion, and taiko. Other additions include keyboardist Kimo Cornwell, bassist Dean Cortez, and singer Teri Koide (who was later succeeded by Kimaya Seward). Some of the musicians were descendants of Japanese Americans held in U.S. detention camps during World War II. Beginning with the band's self-titled 1979 debut, Hiroshima has recorded a series of best-selling albums for Arista, Epic, and Qwest, and although they have evolved over time (moving further away from jazz), they have managed to not only retain but increase their popularity. Since 2000, the band has released a handful of albums including The Bridge in 2003, Spirit of the Season in 2004, Obon in 2005, and Little Tokyo in 2007. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: J-Town Beat

1. Red Buddha

2. Lost In Provence

3. State Of Mind

4. Da Kitchen

5. Lady Of Mystery

6. Kimochi

7. Meiji Mambo

8. Days Gone By

9. Afternoon Koto

10. Cruisin' J-Town

11. To Say Goodbye

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Track List: Departure

1. Have You Ever Wondered

2. Koto Cruise

3. Blues For Sendai

4. Smiling Jack

5. See You Again (Ja Mata Ne Moody)

6. Yamasong Duet

7. First Nation

8. Thousand Cranes (2011)

9. One Wish (Trio)

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Track List: Legacy

1. Winds Of Change

2. Turning Point

3. One Wish

4. Dada

5. I've Been Here Before

6. East

7. Roomful Of Mirrors

8. Another Place

9. Save Yourself For Me

10. Hawaiian Electric

11. Thousand Cranes

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Track List: Obon

1. Swiss Ming

2. China Latina

3. Kototsu-Han (San Kyoku)

4. Atomic Cafe

5. Obon Two-Five

6. One Thursday Morning

7. Mr. Robben

8. Paris (Ici Avec Moi)

9. Pharoah

10. The Lighthouse

11. Heritage

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Track List: The Bridge

1. Eternal Phoenix

2. Caravan Of Love

3. Shaka Phonk

4. Believe

5. Revelation

6. Another Wish

7. I Just Wanna Hang Around You

8. Manzanar

9. Viven

10. Sanju

11. Seven Rivers

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Track List: Between Black & White

1. Mix Plate

2. Dreams

3. The Door Is Open

4. Joe Jazz

5. Sup Poze

6. Picasso's Dance

7. After The Rain

8. Things Unsaid

9. Circle Of Friends

10. World Of Dreams

11. Omotai

12. Sol Cruz

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Track List: L.A.

1. Voices

2. One Fine Day

3. Love & Understanding

4. Only Love

5. Bop-Hop

6. Once Before I Sleep

7. Native Soul

8. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight

9. Live Together

10. One World

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Track List: East

1. Midtown Higashi

2. East

3. Tabo

4. Living In America

5. Daydreamer

6. The Golden Age

7. Streetcorner Paradise

8. Come To Me

9. You And Me

10. Thousand Cranes

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Track List: Go

1. Go

2. I've Been Here Before

3. 311

4. No.9

5. Obon

6. Even Then

7. Hawaiian Electric

8. Why Can't I Love You

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Track List: Another Place

1. One Wish

2. Save Yourself For Me

3. Another Place

4. I Do Remember

5. The Game

6. Undercover

7. Stay Away

8. What's It To Ya

9. Touch And Go

Comments

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Always awesome! Hiroshima... one of the original smooth Jazz fusion groups from the '70s fusing Jazz-pop, R&B Funk, etc.
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I love them they have a nice beat and them I can listen to one wish over and over
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smyamashita8
Hiroshima, an entertainmen t group that reflects the best in bridging the diverse cultures of America. Soulful and beautiful is their unique blend of jazz is. , Hiroshima is part of Americana. And, June's koto is simply Subarashi. Born and bred in LA, Surf City Steve
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kellis147
Love their music. If you ever have a chance to see them in person, make sure you do. Excellent on stage!!
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,I just love this band
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OMG THE BEST
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I have been a fan from day one of my exposure to this sound, back in the 70's; it's 2016 and the music is still enchanting, smooth and oh so liberating.. . it just takes me on a wonderful, melodious cruise.
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Love it...cool jazz
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johnmargie6
Been fan since early 80's there music has gotten better and better, would love to see them in person, but I don't think they'll come to Tampa, Florida..... . . . . .
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Yes these Brothers is real smooth
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Back in the 80's and 90's, and now good and smooth sound.
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They go back at least 30 years. WOW!!!
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Beautiful, this is my favourite
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I have to say that the high quality of the style of jazz that Hiroshima brings to the one who truly posse the squires
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Is this Steve Wonder on Harmonica. Thanking you in advance.
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omamad
I have long since wished for the opportunity to work with and meet this group of talent. I have never in my circle of music ventures heard of any one venue with them featured and think more exposure would definitely give the world a taste that will leave them craving more as I have. Maybe its may culture environment that has not caught on give me some insights please!
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Manzanar, the name of 1 of many re-education camps that Japanese-Ame r i c a n s were relocated to just after Pearl Harbor was attacked. The picture of the bridge on the album cover is the bridge which was the target for the first atomic bomb, dropped on Hiroshima, Aug. 1945.
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This music is absolutely incredible.
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Bought their first album many, many years ago. Long time Hiroshima fan
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Love that music
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I first saw Hiroshima at the Enlisted Men Club when I was station at Mt. Fiji Japan with the US Marines in 1973 part of the USO bands that perform at military bases they started the set with the theme from Shaft and been jamin ever since
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Beautiful
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Great group, "One Wish" is my favorite.
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Always played Hiroshima,Ha r d c a s t l e and Sade after missions,Met a l l i c a before.
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Great in concert also!
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sharonfranks 7 6
Always pleasant and i would agree Sexy flavor!!!
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So good indeed!!!
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vwbolton04
Our paths crossed in 1979, here it is now 2015, still smooth. Drewski7
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Hiroshima's Hawaiian Electric was used by that utility company for a local ad, then it took off with a cheesy/inven t i v e music video.;)
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c.walton12
Oh soo good!!
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Yeah Japanese Salsa. ,,,new sound
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I LOVE their style of music!
Oh So Smooth & down-right SEXY!!!
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Now this is an interesting musical mix, Japanese-Sal s a ! : )
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I love their music, so so SEXY!!!
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outstanding.
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They make such beautiful music. I saw them one gorgeous summer night at the Mt Hood Jazz Festival years ago, was a magical night. Have been a favorite of mine since. Dennis
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bartvb316
Just an awesome group brings back good memories listening to them
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joubert.crys t a l
One of my favorites since a child!
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Their music takes you to Japan.....it ' s so warm and smooth. I saw them at a long beach concert at the Queen Mary Jazz Festival when I was station there in the 80's. Man they are smooth like BUTTER.
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..there's just something about their music that does something to ya......they definitely created their ownniche in the jazz world....... .
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Saw them perform in Santa Barbara, California back in the early '90s Wow...what a blast! Great Music!!
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Need to listen to more stuff by these guys!
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My mother turned me.out on them. They have a beautiful sound that is totally unique
I just want to thank her for enlightening me
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omamad
I love them so much, I am really a super fan! Discovered them by accident years ago and have never been disappointed in nothing they'd produced; wish I could book them here in my hometown, please!
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I love this group. Found them back in the late 80's. Have been a fan ever since.
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Very nice sound and there music
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I Love the sound .great music
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dmekuto5
When are you coming back to RhodeIsland? ?
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This is sweat
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I love this group their style they are one of my favorite composer
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