Different from most other traditional Japanese musics, that of the shakuhachi (an end-blown vertical bamboo flute) is purely instrumental, yet it is often better able to reflect the heart of Japanese culture than vocal music. The pieces on this album come from the 18th-century school of the samurai turned monk Kinko Kurosawa.
Originally released in 1969 (H-72025)
Produced by Peter K. Siegel
Recording engineer: David B. Jones
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig
Coordinator: Teresa Sterne
Remastered by Robert C. Ludwig
Design: Doyle Partners
Cover Photograph: © Burt Glinn / Magnum Photos. 1961. Japan. On the Inland Sea, a boat adrift in the reeds.
Goro Yamaguchi, shakuhachi