I've been waiting to get this particular track up for a while now and finally I get to do it. But let me get this out of my system...something about that iconography for the album cover has me thinking Pac-man!
Anyways, I've been listening to a number of tracks from guitarist Kazumi Watanabe's（渡辺香津美）May 1980 fusion album "To Chi Ka", and they're all great. However the one that has stood out for me is Track 2, "Black Canal" at 6:45 of the above video for the entire album. Reading the Wikipedia article for "To Chi Ka", the album is jam-packed with some of the finest musicians from jazz, rock and the middle ground of fusion including Kenny Kirkland on keyboards, Marcus Miller on bass, and Steve Jordan on percussion.
I won't pretend that I'm in the know for any of these virtuosos, but my immediate reaction on hearing "Black Canal" is that this must have been the melodic equivalent of an All-Star game in one of the major team sports such as baseball or hockey. This was the type of music that I used to listen to on radio at home and in the car even before I realized that I enjoyed it, and "Black Canal" is the amped-up version with Watanabe, Kirkland, et al. immensely embracing their jam sessions. I've read that a lot of the album included plenty of improvisation and it's incredible to hear all of these people in synch with each other.
"To Chi Ka" hit No. 10 on Oricon. According to the J-Wiki article for the album, it was named after Watanabe's Hokkaido dog, Tochika.🐕