Hideo Shiraki

Hideo Shiraki

Real Name:
白木秀雄
Profile:
Hideo Shiraki (白木秀雄; born 1 January 1933 in Tokyo; died 31 August 1972) was a Japanese jazz drummer and bandleader, best known for his work in the 1950s and 1960s. Famed earlier on for hard bop, he later explored world jazz.

Shiraki emerged in the new Japanese jazz scene of the 1950s that grew out of the influence of the US occupying forces. He studied percussion at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts and, during this period, played with Masashi Nagao’s Blue Coats.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, his quintet was popular in Japan and was associated with the “funky boom” craze for hard bop. Hidehiko “Sleepy” Matsumoto, Terumasa Hino and Yuzuru Sera all passed through his quintet.

Notable albums include 1961’s In Fiesta (Teichiku Japan), which included a version of Benny Golson’s “Five Spot After Dark”. Performers on the album included Hidehiko Matsumoto on tenor and flute and Yuzuru Sera on piano.

1965’s Sakura Sakura united the quintet (including Terumasa Hino on trumpet) with three female koto players as Shiraki moved into a world jazz approach. An invited November 1965 performance at the Berlin Jazz Festival, organised by Joachim-Ernst Berendt, saw the quintet work with a koto quartet and was feted for mixing jazz with traditional Japanese music.

He also played with Toshiko Akiyoshi, including two tracks on her 1961 album Toshiko Meets Her Old Pals.
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Albums

白木秀雄* Hideo Shiraki (Album) King Records Japan 1958 Sell This Version
Hideo Shiraki Recital At Sankei Hall, Tokyo (Album) King Records Japan 1959 Sell This Version
Hideo Shiraki In Fiesta (Album) Teichiku Records Japan 1961 Sell This Version
Hideo Shiraki Plays Bossa Nova (Album) King Records Japan 1962 Sell This Version
TP-7135 Hideo Shiraki Hideo Shiraki Meets Yuzo Kayama 加山雄三の世界(LP, Album) Toshiba Records TP-7135 Japan 1966 Sell This Version
Charlie Mariano, Hideo Shiraki, Masao Yagi, Akira Fukuhara, Hidehiko Matsumoto, Masanaga Harada Charlie Mariano, Hideo Shiraki, Masao Yagi, Akira Fukuhara, Hidehiko Matsumoto, Masanaga Harada - Jazz-Intersession (Album) King Records Japan 1977 Sell This Version
SKA 3005 Hideo Shiraki, George Kawaguchi, Jimmy Takeuchi, Nobuo Hara and His Sharps & Flats Hideo Shiraki, George Kawaguchi, Jimmy Takeuchi, Nobuo Hara and His Sharps & Flats - DRUM-SCOPE(LP, Album) King Records SKA 3005 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
Hideo Shiraki Plays Horace Silver (Album) King Records Japan 1982 Sell This Version

Compilations

THCD-010 Hideo Shiraki Stereo Drum / Black Mode(CD, Album, Comp, Ltd) Think! Records THCD-010 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
KICS 2471 Hideo Shiraki Play The Funky!(CD, Comp) King Records KICS 2471 Japan 2006 Sell This Version

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