Happy Fire Review on Intoxicate Magazine

“Happy Fire – New Kind Of Jazz” by Hiro Honshuku’s Racha Fora
The circle of Russell – Miles – Honshuku
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Led by Hiro Honshuku who is a resident of Boston, a NYC based band “Racha Fora” released their 3rd album, which is a second Japanese release preceded by “Racha S’Miles”. It opens with Miles Davis’ “Nardis”, an aggressive arrangement and A powerful performance. It is followed by Jazz standards such as “All The Things You Are” and “In A Sentimental Mood”. Honshuku’s original, the title song, “Happy Fire” showcases his unique music style. Continue reading “Happy Fire Review on Intoxicate Magazine”

Racha S’Miles Review on World Music Report

Published Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016
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Hiroaki Honshuku’s connection with Miles Davis runs deep. The great trumpeter was an early follower of the influential musical system that George Russell suggested, Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organisation, reflected in his 1958 recording Milestones. Honshuku studied with Russell, delving into the Lydian Chromatic Concept, then had his mind expanded at a concert by Miles Davis in 1987 and became an ardent disciple thereafter. But the flutist was also a dyed-in-the-wool Brasileiro and has acquitted himself performing soulful Brasilian music both in the US and in Japan, some of it on record as well. So when he decided to do a tribute to Miles Davis, naturally he took the road less travelled, combining Lydian modes with Samba, Maracatú, Afoxê and Baião. As you would imagine, that would be quite something to behold. And it is.

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***RINGER OF THE WEEK**** BRAZILIAN MILES… Racha Fora: Racha S’Miles

Published Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016
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by George W. Harris • January 14, 2016

Racha Fora is the name of a quartet lead by Hiroaki Honshuku/fl-ewi, forming a core team with Mauricio Andrade/g, Rika Ikeda/v and Rafael Russi/b and along with guests Benhur Oliveira/perc and Dave Liebman/ss the whole band delivers a clever tribute to Miles Davis via taking his tunes and puree-ing them through a Brazilian blender. The results are a winning mix of sounds and rhythms that put a fresh light on the Prince of Darkness’ pen.

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Racha S’Miles Selected Jazz Perspective Magazine Top 10

Published Date: Friday, December 11, 2015

Rahca S’Miles was selected for Best 10 by Hiroko Otsuka, Jazz Perspective Magazine

Miles Davis repertoires have been done by so many in the past. This one is a different approach took by an uprising band, consists with Japanese front section and Brazilian rhythm section. We have heard pop music and rock done in jazz style before but it is rare to hear jazz improvisation over Brazilian rhythms. While thy show the respect to Miles’ music by having Dave Liebman as a guest, this album sounds so unique and fresh when they took jazz and made it something else.

All About Jazz CD 4 Star Review on Racha S’Miles

Published Date: Monday, November 16, 2015
Racha Fora: Racha S’Miles (2015)

By JAMES NADAL, Published: November 16, 2015

The music of Miles Davis certainly needs no introduction. It has been covered in a myriad of styles, by a vast quantity of artists.Racha S’Miles is an ambitious project that deconstructs Davis’s music and hurls it into a rhythmic and exotic orbit exhibiting Brazilian sensibilities. The Racha Fora ensemble consists of cross cultural musicians who have congealed into cohesive interpreters of global jazz with an ethnic tinge.

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