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First Listen: Takuya Kuroda - Rising Son

Born in Japan, now living in Brooklyn,  33 year old Takuya has put a few independent releases out there in the world, but with this new album, there is a concentrated effort to expand his audience and make some heads bounce by enlisting Jose James as his producer.  James says, “no one sounds like Takuya.  His tone, warmth and most of all his storytelling have inspired me for years.  His writing is soulful, modern and effortlessly bridges the gap between jazz and soul, history and tomorrow.”

With the title cut Rising Son, there is a conceptual acknowledgement to how his career has been slowly building… Like a sun rises to the entire world.  That’s how Takuya see’s how his life has evolved in music.

Well he’s here now and Rising Son beholds a memorable modern sound.

As your first listen, we have chosen the title cut, Rising Son.

For more information about Takuya, visit

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