Who is Ryo Fukui? 福居良

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Stevem : The friend I mention at the end is "BARRY HARRIS, one of the most prominent and recorded hard bop pianists in the history of jazz, AND the most selfless and dedicated voice in jazz education. Ryo got Barry gigs, and Barry gave Ryo pointers. They became good friends thereafter." I got a message from r/vinyl that I never mentioned his name or who he is so I'll do it in the pinned rest assured you should also check his work out too. Especially if you like Fukui.

Melanie Anne Ahern : Stumbling on his music was one of my happiest moments.

Trockenbrett : I saw this documentary maybe 2 weeks ago. I went to Sapporo last week and went to a Jazz bar without really paying attention to the name of it. After the concert, I was talking to the owner of the bar. During our conversation, I realized the poster of Ryo Fukui on the wall and told the owner that I recently saw a documentary about this jazz musician on YouTube. She told me that Ryo Fukui is her husband and that this jazz bar is actually "Slowboat". I felt a little bit dumb and couldn't believe it. I told her how people all over the world learn about Fukui's amazing music and she said that she's so happy to know that. Just wanted to let you know that...

Victor P. : I loved how you took an unusual topic, some random quirk of youtube's algorithm, and tied into a historical perspective of Japanese jazz and the way digital and online music which helps to give new generations of music listeners a chance to discover old, obscure pieces of music.

MvN : ryo's album in my recommendation feed was a gift from the gods

Gino Israel : dude i became a fan of him when he popped out of my feed. its like accidentally founding a diamond in a pile of hay. its goddamn life changing and thats not even an exaggeration. i listen to this every chance i get. thank you universe.

Dashing Theroux The Snow : Glad this has been posted. Listened to his album 'Scenery' about 3 months ago thanks to a YouTube recommendation. Fell in love

Josh Coneby : Very neat video! I was the one who sent My Favorite Tune to Marcel a few months ago. Ryo's wife Yasuko is still running Slowboat in Sapporo and there are shows there every week! :)

Cloud : Nice k-on reference. I remember seeing that Ryo Fukui album on youtube a while back and gave it a listen but got bored and forgot about it. Thanks for this informational video, I understand a little bit more about Japan and Jazz music now. I'll definitely give the album another listen.

katsuru : Can confirm. Youtube recommended Ryo Fukui to me and it was love at first listen.

Jared Hicks : youtubes music recs have improved greatly, i used to just get recommend that one tycho album(dive) but now theres a lot more variety and a lot more obscure great stuff

keikikeiki : Outstanding video in every regard. I was left with not only a newfound appreciation for Ryo Fukui, but also a lot of respect for your work.

biaza : Saw Mugi, hit like.

Kristopher Luna : I found his album on the recommendations almost a year ago and when I first found it I listened to it in full everyday for about 3 months and it inspired me to take up learning the piano. I’ve taken two semester of piano now at my local community college and have a newfound appreciation and love for all things piano and jazz related. Thank you Ryo Edit: Wow, just found out that him and I have started the piano at the same age. Interesting how life does that huh?

Flugmorph : sick dude, nice to make a video on fukui, i love his music.

Voivod : "Scenery" is very underwhelming honestly It's obvious from the first track, "It Could Happen to You," that Fukui draws a lot of influence from Bill Evans. His style of left hand comping and bouncy swing feel seem directly influenced by Evans, however Fukui often lacks the chromatic, lyrical melodic drive and adroit phrasing that makes Evans' playing such a joy to listen to. Instead, Fukui tends toward short, diatonic phrases, that seldom move outside the natural phrasing of the tune. Denpo and Yoshinori Fukui swing along fairly well, though they also do little to encourage any interesting obfuscation of the form, giving the tune the feeling of a jam session. "I Want to Talk About You" is fairly similar but with a more relaxed, ballad approach. The real high point of the album is Fukui's original "Early Summer" which finally deviates from the simple jam session approach and relaxed mood of the rest of the tracks. A funky modal vamp defines the melody and the beginning of Fukui's solo, though it gets quite a bit more interesting when the trio shifts into a double-time swing. Here Fukui finally shows some melodic creativity with long, chromatic phrases and some effective crossrhythms. He also takes advantage of the harmonic simplicity of the tune and seems to be channeling McCoy Tyner more than Evans, with some nice quartal playing that gets fairly harmonically adventurous at times.  The 'B' Side finds Fukui taking a bluesier approach, first on "Willow Weep for Me," then on another jam-session-y version of "Autumn Leaves." Fukui blueses up the tunes, but still often lacks any sense of nuance in phrasing or overall shape of his solos. There is one thing that Fukui does very well, which is the repeating hemiola, though he uses this technique so often that it becomes predictable and tiresome. Once again, the rhythm section does little to add any drama or interesting development to the tunes. Yoshinori in particular is at fault here, often ending each four or eight bar phrase with obvious and/or very basic fills. "Scenery" closes the album with another original composition. It's a simple progression that fits Fukui's style well, though the trio seems to struggle somewhat with the slow tempo and the rhythm section puts very little variation or imagination into their accompaniment of Fukui's solo. Overall the album is very average, with Fukui demonstrating competency in jazz piano, but little in the way of personality or a developed style of his own. In many ways, Fukui sounds like a student, content to imitate Bill Evans or Red Garland, but without adding any new color to give the music character or fully understanding the more subtle aspects of these players' styles . The exception is "Early Summer" where Fukui proves he is at least capable of playing interesting music. It's a shame that the bulk of the album is dedicated to the less interesting and much more derivative approach.

Onion Wrangler : this, and you are so underappreciated.. godspeed my friend.

mr_torle : I love "Early Summer".

Mykroe1 : Great video, terrific visuals as well! The animation of Barry at the end tho, deadass brought me to tears. An old friendship between two masters. This is like a success story for the internet, though. We were there when Barry re-dedicated Fukai Aijo for his late friend, and we were there when Marcel (the absolute Madman) uncovered My Favorite Tune. It's a great feeling, like Ryo's story is still being told, and we've got seats in the front row.

Eternity's Scribe : Funny thing I saw him in my recommendations was sad to find he passed away after doing a google search, I'm happy you did this video on him. This actually inspired me to do videos on more talented artist like him never got there due!

___ : I appreciate the effort put into this video. Also had a soft spot for Ryo Fukui. It was a year before he died when i discovered him and the album had just come out. Felt lucky he was still alive. My luck ran thin.

pinkiedestroyer jr : top quality video. not often you see them. im so sad that i missed liking jazz when he was alive but its thanks to youtubes platform that i have come to love it.

verwunderlich1 : Great Video! I'd recommend using an equalizer next time to clean up your low end and low mids. Your recording sounded slightly muddy, IMHO.

muk as : Your mic or w/e has way too much bass.

Coolkat : Where is the "love" button ? Anyway, Scenery is an album I've always seen popping up in my recommendation feed without giving it much attention although I noticed it had a lot of it. I will listen to it with all the attention it deserves from me now. Thank you for the video, that was cool.

ΝΙΚΟΣ ΝΙΚΟΣ : Wow I should really check this guy out

Filippo Corradini : I don't know why, but every video that you make is beatiful; I've enjoyed also this one, that is about a person who I didn't know. Compliments!

Exotimes : Thank you for making this video!

MrBean Dip : I am so happy this video came out. I found Scenery last year at the start of Summer and as a lover of Jazz I could not stop listening to it. I am glad Fukui's mysteriousness is finally solved through this video. I did my own research on Fukui but nothing can beat this video. I also find it interesting you used "Kids on the Slope". Assuming you have seen it, I hope if a season 2 comes out that Ryo Fukui and his album are played respects.

DefCat : I've been doing music professional for around 5 years now, I saw this Album posted on /mu/ (the 4chan music board) since around 2008. The ablum has a captivating tone just like "Cassiopeia" does during that era of music. But more then anything that can be said for something like this piece it has more life to it. On the other hand we have the Beatles. They weren't the most technically skilled people but they had life and great writing. Ryo Fukui had both the writing and the technical skills with the warm life to accompany it. Still not my favorite album of the era but one to be treasured.

ClawDeeAaa : Fantastic video. The editing made it such a visual journey. Good job!

Phoenix : Thank you for this tribute to Fukui's work. I was in awe when I first listened to Scenery, and that album combined with Stacey Kent's work really jumpstarted my love of jazz and music in general. I don't pretend to know anything about music, but I know something special when I hear it. Like everyone else, I discovered him through an algorithm quirk, and because of this I discovered DOZENS of new artists that I had never heard of before. Starting off with Japanese jazz artists like Minoru Muraoka (I proudly have Bamboo sitting on my album shelf right now), but soon delving into the works of folk rocker Hako Yamasaki (two albums on my shelf), folk singer Anne Briggs, jazz artist Masaru Imada, Linda Perhacs, Yoshiko Sai, Urszula Dudziak, Ghost Rhythms and so many more, in so many genres. Despite the easy "switch on/switch off" capability of today's music options, I have actually DISCOVERED more albums that I am sitting down and listening to (and consequently buying) than ever before, thanks to the efforts of the diggers like Marcel the Drunkard or Funked Up East making this old, hard to find material available.

MrBean Dip : Thanks for the link to the European website that sells his albums. I own Scenery on CD but I have made it one of my personal endeavors to collect all of his albums. Except for My Favourite Tune since it is impossible to do so.

Ninja Sushi : A Letter from Slowboat is my favorite album from him I think.

Eric P. Alvaro : That's was a fascinating vídeo, thanks for having made it. The whole thing about the power of internet and technology to rediscover past gems and to people find out music that otherwise they wouldn't be able to find.. It reminded me a little about the singer "Sixto Rodriguez", he is an american singer, who was super famous in south áfrica, but no one new who he was (people thought he was dead) and he didn't know that he was famous, until decades later when people were able to find him. His history was told in the great documentary "Searching for Sugar Man".

Jino Kim : I'm glad I wasn't the only one. Thank you for this great vid.

SIkang : Thx for this video I found him thru YouTube recommendations and loved his music without knowing anything abt him

channtron : my favorite jazz pianist!

CutiePi : Most that 6 000 000 views is me😅 Damn he’s good.

Ben Kohler : Someone finally did it. Thank you

Dominique Duc Huy Pham : One of the biggest things I regret not doing was visiting the Slowboat Cafe when I was visiting Sapporo in February, literally months before Ryo Fukui died. I was so close to it, and possibly passed by it once, but it completely phased my mind when I was there, at it will forever be one of my biggest regrets.

Fernando Paulino : "k-on" *o*

siamiam : great video, thank you for sharing :)

Pablo Andres Matias Barrios Vargas : Man, I hate YouTube, my favorite creators gaining a fraction of what they used to, new channels like you don't gain as much attention as they would back then. But God, I love YouTube when they recommend music, if it wasn't for it, I would never knew of Ryo fukuy or any other great music

Mustachioed Bear : I'm gonna be turning 23 in a few weeks and I've always wanted to learn to play the piano. Great vid.

MrBean Dip : God Bless Ryo Fukui and Marcel the Drunkard

giacomo brunello : So this is Jotaros dad

Kubotron : Jaaaaz omg, that manierism:/ be real

Rafael Gutierrez : Proper vid, love Ryo

Zëri i Vlorës : How did you create the animated effect when Barry Harris was playing Fukai Aijo?