George Kawaguchi & Big 4 - The Big 4

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2021 reissue

Joji “George” Kawaguchi was a Japanese jazz drummer and bandleader. The Big Four had their debut concert in a large theater, Nichigeki in Yurakucho, Tokyo in May 1953. The Big Four was named the Number 1 combo in the 1954 by Swing Journal poll and created an all-time Jazz boom in Japan. George Kawaguchi was voted Number 1 drummer six years in a row. The Big Four played intermittently into the 1980s. George Kawaguchi played extensively with Art Blakey on tour in the 1980s. He also recorded extensively as a leader until his death in 2003.


01. Invader 7
02. Blues For Big Talk George
03. Monday Samba
04. Albatross
05. Sleepy’s Funk
06. Love For Sale

George Kawaguchi – drums
Hidehiko “Sleepy” Matsumoto – tenor sax, flute
Hideo Ichikawa – piano
Takashi Mizuhashi – bass

Produced by Takeshi Fujii.
Recorded by Yoshihiko Kannari on April 12 & 19, 1976 at Epicurus Studio, Tokyo.


SKU 4988044067417
Barcode # 4988044067417
Brand Three Blind Mice / Craftsman Records / DIW

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