Hideo Shiraki

白木秀雄

Also known as 白木秀雄, H. Shiraki

Discography of Hideo Shiraki:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 In Fiesta 7 Audio 1998-06-24 Baybridge Records
2 Hideo Shiraki In Fiesta 7 Audio 2005 Think! Records
3 In Fiesta 7 Audio 2007-04-28
4 Play The Funky 14 Audio 2006-04-26 King Records
5 Hideo Shiraki 9 Audio 1994
6 Plays Horace Silver 7 Audio 1994 King Records


Hideo Shiraki (白木秀雄; born 1 January 1933 in Tokyo; died 31 August 1972) was a Japanese jazz drummer and bandleader, best known for his work in the 1950s and 1960s. Famed earlier on for hard bop, he later explored world jazz.



Shiraki emerged in the new Japanese jazz scene of the 1950s that grew out of the influence of the US occupying forces. He studied percussion at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts and, during this period, played with Masashi Nagao’s Blue Coats.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, his quintet was popular in Japan and was associated with the “funky boom” craze for hard bop. Hidehiko “Sleepy” Matsumoto, Terumasa Hino and Yuzuru Sera all passed through his quintet.

Notable albums include 1961’s In Fiesta (Teichiku Japan), which included a version of Benny Golson’s “Five Spot After Dark”. Performers on the album included Hidehiko Matsumoto on tenor and flute and Yuzuru Sera on piano.

1965’s Sakura Sakura united the quintet (including Terumasa Hino on trumpet) with three female koto players as Shiraki moved into a world jazz approach. An invited November 1965 performance at the Berlin Jazz Festival, organised by Joachim-Ernst Berendt, saw the quintet work with a koto quartet and was feted for mixing jazz with traditional Japanese music.

He also played with Toshiko Akiyoshi, including two tracks on her 1961 album Toshiko Meets Her Old Pals.


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