Robert Rusch, Cadence Magazine
Trumpeter Shunzo Ohno, who has been part of the scene for almost 50 years, has a new CD out called “Renew”. This project is a dedication to communities having to renew from natural disasters. Eight Ohno originals and one by Buster Williams make up the nine track total [59:46]. Ohno is backed by various rhythm which for the most part keeps a pulse over which Ohno plays a wistful trumpet. This is a very programmed release and two tracks have spoken word [George Yamazawa] narration. Ohno moved to New York City in 1974 and was homeless for a while. In 1988 a car accident permanently damaged his lips and teeth, then in 1996, he had throat cancer which did more damage. It is little wonder, as a result of the maladies, Ohno had to refigure his embouchure. A gentle late Miles Davis sound.