Hiroshima Urban World Music
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- Released: July 30, 1996
- Label: Qwest / WEA
- 1.Unspoken Love
- 2.Passion Pain
- 3.Let Me Be Your Baby
- 4.Heiwa (Peace)
- 5.Through My Eyes
- 6.Ripples In Our Waterfall
- 8.Love How You Love Me
- 9.Urban World
- 10.None Of Us Are Free
- 11.Koto Blues
- 13.Walking With Angels
Hiroshima: Dan Kuramoto (vocals, saxophones, flute, shakuhachi, yokobue, keyboards, synthesizer, percussion, programming); Kimaya Seward (vocals, keyboards, percussion); Dean Cortez (vocals, bass); June Kuramoto (koto, shamisen, percussion, background vocals); Kimo Cornwell (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, synthesizer, programming, background vocals); Danny Yamamoto (keyboards, drums, percussion); Johnny Mori (percussion).
Additional personnel includes: Hamish Stewart (vocals); Robin Millar (guitar, keyboards, programming, background vocals); Monty Seward (keyboards, sythnesizer, programming, background vocals); Richie Garcia (percussion); Fiddmont Lindsey, NaDari Harrell, Catalina Dacara (background vocals).
Producers: Robin Millar, Dan Kuramoto, June Kuramoto, Monty Seward, Kimo Cornwell.
Recorded at Tofuville and Britannia Row Studios, London, England; Sunset Sound Recording, Sunset Sound Factory and Oceanway Recorders, Hollywood, California.
Personnel: Dan Kuramoto (vocals, chant, flute, shakuhachi, saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, keyboards, synthesizer, programming); Kimaya Seward (vocals, chant, keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Dean Cortez (vocals, acoustic bass); Hamish Stuart (vocals); Robin Millar (chant, guitar, keyboards, programming); June Kuramoto (chant, koto, shamisen, percussion); Kimo Cornwell (chant, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, programming); Jock Loveband (chant, programming); Freeman Seward, Monty Seward, Terry Steele (chant, background vocals); Dave Iwataki (keyboards, synthesizer); Danny Yamamoto (keyboards, drums, taiko, percussion); Johnny Mori (taiko, percussion); David Mirandon, Richie Gajate Garcia (percussion); Eric Stoltz, Jeff Silverman, Adam Green , Mark Smith , Andrew Scheps, Thomas Dawson (programming); Evangeline Seward, Gwyn Foxx, Linsey Fiddmont (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Jock Loveband; Alan Meyerson; Bobby Summerfield.
Recording information: Oceanway Recorders, Hollywood, CA (1996); Sunset Sound Recording, Hollywood, CA (1996); Tofuville, Britannia Row Studos, London, England (1996).
Photographer: Kip Lott.
Arrangers: Dan Kuramoto; Dave Iwataki; Kimo Cornwell; Monty Seward; Robin Millar.
Urban World Music captures a revitalized and re-energized Hiroshima, full of new ideas and new ambitions. Although the title suggests that the album is composed of worldbeat explorations, that isn't quite the case. Like any Hiroshima album, Urban World Music is filled with fusions, but the music on this particular collection is given a slight, but noticeable, dance-oriented sheen, thanks to producer Robin Millar (who previously worked with Sade and Everything But the Girl). With new lead vocalist Kimaya Sweard in tow, Hiroshima creates a lightly funky set of jazzy soul numbers, complete with worldbeat flourishes. As always, the gruop has problems writing consistently compelling material, but when they are on, they provide some intriguing sounds and directions. In short, Urban World Music suggests more than it delivers, but those suggestions are quite enticing on their own. ~ Leo Stanley
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