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Trumpet player Takuya Kuroda releases bold, breathtaking debut album
(Published: March 24, 2011)

March 24, 2011 (New York, NY) Written by Robert Sutton. When he was 12, trumpeter Takuya Kuroda was already playing Count Basie songs in a band.

At an age when many kids are still locked in a hypnotic spell with their video games, Kuroda was carving his future in music. His debut album, Bitter and High, is the product of that early blooming.

Instead of sounding like a record from a newcomer who is still groping for his own personal vision, Bitter and High is an accomplished effort, brimming with swagger, bold ambition, and breathtaking energy.

The opening cut, "Half & Half," quickly reveals the powerhouse talent bred at the New York School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Kuroda's trumpet playing on "Half & Half" is spirited, nearly exploding out of the gate; you can feel the life emanating from his instrument.

If there's one word to describe Kuroda's style, it would be alive. There is so much enthusiasm bursting forth, a joyful groove that his bandmates continually aim for. On "Half & Half," Jamaal Sawyer's saxophone catches Kuroda's fire and lets it rip as well. Along with Corcoran Holt's thumping bass and Adam Jackson's brisk drums, "Half & Half" is an incendiary rave-up.

The aptly titled "Wind Machine" offers much of the same invigorating propulsion as Kuroda's sweeping trumpet drives through the rambunctious rhythm section like a needle in a hurricane. Nevertheless, Kuroda is able to offer moments of tranquility with equal effectiveness. "Feet-Tap" and "For All We Know" showcase Kuroda's gentle touch, and they soothe the ears with their subtle charms.

Kuroda's initial interest in the trumpet actually didn't come from the instrument itself. "My first influence was my brother playing trombone in a big band at school," Kuroda revealed. Kuroda added that the years since has only made him more passionate about music. "The attitude and dedication have stayed the same since I started, but eight years of experience in New York helped me understand the styles, languages, and history of music. Now I respect music more and realize that it is a life-long creative art."

More Information: http://takuyakuroda.com

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