Keisuke Nakamura: Humadope

Trumpeter Keisuke Nakamura leads a group of contemporary jazz musicians called HUMADOPE, a post-bop Jazz Messengers-styled quintet with a trumpet-sax front line and piano-bass-drums rhythm section. The name itself (a mix of human/mad/dope), conveys the seemingly dangerous edge displayed on blisteringly fast tunes taken up by the skilled soloists as they burn through the changes – yet also a warm sensitivity played on soulful ballads and cool, groovy numbers.

This album consists of well-written original compositions with a few covers thrown in (Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones). Overall, an excellent debut with a variety of moods, tempos, and exciting solos.

Leader: Keisuke Nakamura · 中村恵介 ·


  • Keisuke Nakamura – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Akihiro Nishiguchi – tenor sax, soprano sax
  • Akane Matsumoto – piano
  • Motoi Kanamori – bass
  • Yasushi Fukumori – drums
  • Mamoru Ishida – Rhodes (tr. 5, 6)
  • Shun Ishiwaka – drums (tr. 1)

Released 2014 on M581 Records SDR1401.

The album is available for download online:


A live performance of track 4 from this album:

* Audio sample at top of page is from “Speed Harassment”, which opens the album.