Ryo Fukui

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Ryo Fukui (福居良 Fukui Ryo, June 1, 1948 – March 15, 2016) was a Japanese jazz pianist based in Sapporo. He played regularly at the "Slowboat" jazz club in Sapporo of which he and his wife Yasuko were the owners.
He began to teach himself the piano in 1970 at the age of 22, releasing his first album, Scenery, six years later and his second album, Mellow Dream, the year after. He continued improving his skills over the following years in live performance, often appearing in a trio and playing at the Shinjuku Pit Inn, Kichijōji "Sometime" jazz club and the "Jazz Inn Lovely" in Nagoya. A third album, My Favorite Tune, which was recorded in 1994 and was released in 1995, and has fallen into rarity, with only a few CD copies of the album known in existence. It was followed by In New York four years later, in trio with the drummer Leroy Williams and the bassist Lisle Arthur Atkinson. A Letter from Slowboat is a live album released in 2015 from his time at the "Slowboat" jazz club.
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PA-7148 Ryo Fukui - Scenery album art Ryo Fukui Scenery (Album) Nadja PA-7148 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
PA-7182 Ryo Fukui - Mellow Dream album art Ryo Fukui Mellow Dream (Album) Trio Records PA-7182 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
SJC-9401 Ryo Fukui - My Favorite Tune album art Ryo Fukui My Favorite Tune (Album) Sapporo Jazz Create SJC-9401 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
SJC-9901 Ryo Fukui - Ryo Fukui In New York album art Ryo Fukui Ryo Fukui In New York (Album) Sapporo Jazz Create SJC-9901 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
SJC 1501 Ryo Fukui - A Letter From Slowboat album art Ryo Fukui A Letter From Slowboat (Album) Sapporo Jazz Create SJC 1501 Japan 2016 Sell This Version

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November 9, 2017
There was apparently another album released by him called "My Favourite Tune". There's no information about it anywhere though. Does anyone know anything about this? It would be a great shame for it to get lost in history.


February 18, 2013
I'd love to know more about Fukui. There is very little information about him around, so if anyone can point my in the right direction I would greatly appreciate.

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