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    Fragile- Japanese Fusion

    I have to say, I was not familiar with them, but they play some truly fiery fusion music. Great stuff!

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    I heard some of their music and a friend of mine gave me their album The Sun And The Melodies from 2009 on a CDR. It's good stuff, but I never really got into them.



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    Love these guys.....
    Also, Exhivision and FazJaz.
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    Yes, indeed. Love how up-front the drums are even in the lower-key numbers.
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    Not a fusion kind of guy, but these guys are really really good. Good structure and tight playing.
    Thanks for posting this.
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    hah...I had someone introduce me to these guys back in '06 when Phantom came out. there was a little bit of online buzz for that one. the track "Melancholic Octopus" is incredible. kinda forgot about them afterwards...I guess they're somewhat dormant now?
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    This cd is excellent. Yabori's playing reminded me a little of Mike Stern, then I realized Mike is on the cd.

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    Another great one is this one.

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    Fragile are a lot of fun and their guitarist Koichi Yabori is a terrific player. He’s got a number of solo CDs that are also excellent. He released one last year that I unfortunately missed out on...a limited edition called ‘Live at Virtuoso’ with Yokata Kent on bass and Senri Kawaguchi on drums that’s an all-standards “live in the studio” affair. The clip on YouTube is pretty amazing...if anybody picked one up and might be interested in trading or selling, please PM. Lots to trade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana5140 View Post
    I have to say, I was not familiar with them, but they play some truly fiery fusion music. Great stuff!
    Ah yes, one of the better fusion outfits from Japan. Being the mega fusion head that I am, I had to track down every album they have released. Koichi Yabori, their guitarist, has a solo career, in addition to his involvement in Fazjaz.jp. Here's a promo video for his latest album, "You were there":



    Japan has an amazing fusion scene and there are so many gems to be discovered there. Head over to the Japanese music thread for some of these great recommendations.

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    Prism is also good, not always as fusiony as Fragile, but Akira Wada is an excellent guitarist. If you ever see a cd by W.I.N.S. grab it, it's a killer.
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    WINS is indeed another great Prog Fusion band

    I like Fragile but WINS is great... and then there's Kenso

    and for Symphonic Jazz Rock nobody in Japan beats Asturias
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER View Post
    WINS is indeed another great Prog Fusion band

    I like Fragile but WINS is great... and then there's Kenso

    and for Symphonic Jazz Rock nobody in Japan beats Asturias
    KBB is also worth being mentioned in that conversation. All albums are top-notch. But, like I said, Japan is so rich in good music, there is no shortage of amazing acts that must be discovered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zalmoxe View Post
    KBB is also worth being mentioned in that conversation. All albums are top-notch. But, like I said, Japan is so rich in good music, there is no shortage of amazing acts that must be discovered.
    I just *knew* I was forgetting someone! KBB is friggin awesome!
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    I'd been wondering what Yabori was up to, lately. Love the Fazjaz.jp albums I have.

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