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T. Honda & His Orchestra

What's Going On


*2023 stock* The impossibly cool 1973 album What's Going On from Late, Great Japanese Funk & Jazz Don Takehiro Honda which swings through jazz orchestral renditions of American R&B and Funk Classics like Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On, "Otis Redding's "Sitting On The Dock of the Bay," and James Brown's "Ain't It Funky Now" turning them into the most Down Home, Grits 'N' Gravy Grooviest Versions and sounding like they were recorded at the studio of the band that taught the Memphis Rhythm Sections all they ever were gonna need to to know.

As well as the aforementioned tracks the album also iconic funk/soul gems from the Impressions (Check-Out Your Mind) & Soul Jazz covers from Eddie Harris (Sham Time), The Crusaders (Greasy Spoon) and a Pacific Soul Jazz Classic in "Ain't Tell You A Good Way But" which was composed by Takehiro Honda. Original copies regularly change hands for eyewatering sums and the album is seen as a much loved classic of it's era. 


Cat. number: UVWA-0041, CDSOL-1482
Year: 2020
Recorded 1973 Originally issued as RSP-9062. In jewel case with obi. Twelve page booklet includes liner notes in Japanese. Reissued in the Nippon Jazz Spirits series. Only the obi carries the UVWA-0041 cat. no. All other paper parts and discs carry the 2012 cat. no., CDSOL-1482. Obi includes information of a mail-order CD offer. A bonus mini calendar card (88 x 63mm) was available to customers with purchase.

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