Hiroshi Suzuki (2)Cat

Label:Columbia – SP-7006
Series:Creative Sounds Series
Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Fusion, Jazz-Funk


A1Shrimp Dance7:02
A2Kuro To Shiro11:41
B1Walk Tall10:14

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Recorded at Nippon-Columbia Daiichi Studio, on Oct 8-10, 1975.

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Cat (LP, Album)DenonSP-7006Japan1976
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Cat (CD, Album, Reissue, Paper Sleeve)Columbia Music EntertainmentCOCB-53633Japan2007
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Cat (CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered)ColumbiaCOCB-54118Japan2014
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Cat (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue)ColumbiaHMJY-105Japan2015
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Cat (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Unofficial Release, Swamp Green, 180 Gram)Klimt Records, Klimt RecordsMJJ404, MJJ404LPFrance2019


  • Sinsonido's avatar
    Edited one year ago
    This doesn't really count for much, but I just got a response from Wrwtfww on Facebook. My question was, "Is the LP of Cat by Hiroshi Suzuki being cut from a digital file or is it all-analog from the tapes? I need to know these details before purchasing please." The response I got was simply two words: "original masters", without any further clarification. You can make what you will of that. :p
      • novelliadam's avatar
        WRWTFWW just announced they are repressing this in June. You can purchase a pre-order now on their bandcamp.
        • streetmouse's avatar
          Japanese jazz artist Hiroshi Suzuki’s album Cat went virtually unnoticed when it was released back in 1975, an entirely uptempo, at times rather high in tempo, yet manages a reverence that always keeps it locked into the realm of the methodical. One could easily argue for or against attributes of a person/artist who pays intent careful attention to the details, an artist who does things in a precise manner while enveloped in and following an established procedure, envisioning his work as almost a mathematical structure.

          Some would claim that Suzuki’s work lacks a soul, that it’s a photograph of something important, rather than that actual something, where taken to the most extreme, one could suggest that his work is very machine like, as if a computer had been vested with all the jazz chords and nuances that had ever been played, then creates a jazz composition on its own. Yet when one considers the creative philosophy brought to art in Japan, I can only ask, “How could it be any different?” When a blade maker creates a sword in Japan, it’s done in a prescribed method that’s been handed down for thousands of years, the same with Japanese script, where the simple act of writing a word or a phrase is instilled with art and grace, bestowing a learned and initiated process.

          Jazz was new to Japan, it never developed there as it did in say America or France, where in Japan all that jazz is has been studied and refined, it’s become entirely thoughtful and precise, instilled and filled with rich traditions that go into any art form rising out of that country, defined with rich tradition and wonder.

          When it comes to mid ’70’s jazz, were a decided refinement was sweeping the jazz world in general, Cat is a tough album to ignore. It’s a dynamic bit of jazz fusion, electric jazz that stands very much in the timeframe from which it was created. Now that’s not to say that it sounds locked-in or stale, it’s just instantly recognizable, heavy on the electric piano and keyboards, decidedly played in a stretched out groove filled manner, filled with an energy that will surprisingly bring to mind the work of Freddie Hubbard’s funkiest licks. All of the tracks are rather lengthy, beautifully laid out with rhythmic sensibilities that are entirely focused on simply the most profound and delicious rolling grooves. With that in mind, Suzuki lays down trombone solos that are simply heavenly, perhaps matched only by the saxophone work of Takeru Muraoki, resounding with unexpected and visionary breaks that ride in an almost laidback manner … though are anything but.

          Review by Jenell Kesler
          • JorgeIcarus's avatar
            Edited 2 years ago
            How does the Columbia (1976) version differ from the Denon/Nippon Columbia (1975) one? Same Cat#?
            • Toadspotter's avatar
              There are definitely a few different unofficial presses floating around now. One on green vinyl maybe out of Europe and another printed in Japan. No point in really buying those unless you like digital cd to vinyl.
              • matty_S's avatar
                Looking forward to see if this reissue happens, fingers crossed :)
                • bradburydoom's avatar
                  Romance is the track, but $800? Come on. words words.
                  • mjt.bass's avatar
                    I've been looking for this record for a long time. sigh...



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