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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Toshiyuki Honda -- Burnin' Waves (single track)

Last month, I presented saxophonist Toshiyuki Honda's(本多俊之)"Living in the City", a sunny and mellow track from his 1980 "Easy Breathing". Well this time around, I'm going back further to his 1978 debut album "Burnin' Waves" for that title track.

"Burnin' Waves" the track starts off the album, and it just sounds so New York back in the day with those tight horns, the funky bass and the keyboard. I think the only thing missing here is its own TV detective show set in Brooklyn for which it can act as the theme song. I can just imagine the streetwise private eye strutting down the street like John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever" saying hello to all of the shop owners, romancing a lot of women, and crushing perps under his fists while having that love-hate relationship with a police lieutenant. Good golly, it's even got jazz flute in there.

A small bit of trivia about Honda. As I was scrolling down the J-Wiki article, I discovered that he had an uncredited role as a Self-Defence Forces soldier in the 1992 "Godzilla vs. Mothra".

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