By the time I discovered the band Hiroshima, they had already been active for over a decade. I had heard the first single they released, “Roomful Of Mirrors,” several times before I even knew who sang it. Their first smooth jazz/new age hit song, “One Wish” barely registered on my radar back in 1985. By 1987, once I started hearing today’s featured song on the radio, I realized who it was.
Founded by Japanese American Dan Kuramoto, Hiroshima have been together for over forty years. They are pioneers of the fusion of Asian sounds with smooth jazz and rhythm and blues music. Their following grew when their music began being heard on R&B stations, particularly “Roomful Of Mirrors,” which featured vocals, but the group began to focus mostly on instrumental songs.
Featuring production by Kuramoto and George Duke, the album “Go” (itself a pun, as go means “five” in Japanese, and it was the group’s fifth album) would prove to be another successful release. The song “I’ve Been Here Before” received quite a bit of radio play, on both smooth jazz stations as well as R&B stations on their slow jam, or Quiet Storm shows. It was there where I first became familiar with the song. Almost thirty years later, I still love to listen to it.
I think it makes a good song to start your Sunday; I hope you do as well. At any rate, thanks for reading and listening.