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The debut album of blacksheep, the group led by Ryuichi Yoshida, was released in summer 2008, with the first printing selling out. Following up on this success, blacksheep has come out with a second album! The unique mood of the open recording was captured with amazing sensitivity by recording engineer Yoshiaki Kondoh of GOK Sound. From the first tune there's a full-tilt groove, and the middle section is both intense and melodious. At the end there's a completely different interpretation of the first track of blacksheep's first album. The members are proud to have made a recording that will please jazz fans and non-fans alike. And this time they asked Daisuke Nishijima to create the CD's cover manga. Nishijima has gained popularity for works like the masterpiece Dien Bien Phu, which depicts the Vietnam War from an original perspective. For this album he's drawn Yoko-chan, a GothLoli girl with sheep's horns. It's the jazz world(?)'s first "moe" CD cover! Packaged on the other side of cute little Yoko-chan is blacksheep's blazing, amazing music.

blacksheep are :
Yoshida Ryuichi (baritone saxophone, bass-clarinet)
Goto Atsushi (trombone)
Suga Dairo (piano)

doubtmusic / dmf-140
Street date : 13 March, 2011
Cover : digi-pack
2,200 yen(tax ex)
2,310 yen(tax in)
cover manga : Nishijima Daisuke
cover design : Sasaki Akira
P & C doubtmusic


1. the voices of time / 6:56 ( dedicated to J.G.Ballard )
2. a memory of gravity / 7:09
3. perishing wind / 6:59 ( dedicated to Kurimoto Kaoru )
4. Hrvxt~z Ct?{ / 7:14
5. the starlight illuminates her ears / 8:55
6. grayscale city / 6:59
7. sky clippings and spinning fragments -revisited / 11:59
all composed by Yoshida Ryuichi, except 6 by Goto Atsushi

This CD was recorded at an "open recording" held in L studio at GOK SOUND, Kichijoji, Tokyo on 19 December, 2010.