Japanese jazz, "j-jazz"

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also i've been meaning to read this:

https://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/Books/978-0-8223-2721-9_pr.jpg

Japan’s jazz community—both musicians and audience—has been begrudgingly recognized in the United States for its talent, knowledge, and level of appreciation. Underpinning this tentative admiration, however, has been a tacit agreement that, for cultural reasons, Japanese jazz “can’t swing.” In Blue Nippon E. Taylor Atkins shows how, strangely, Japan’s own attitude toward jazz is founded on this same ambivalence about its authenticity.
Engagingly told through the voices of many musicians, Blue Nippon explores the true and legitimate nature of Japanese jazz. Atkins peers into 1920s dancehalls to examine the Japanese Jazz Age and reveal the origins of urban modernism with its new set of social mores, gender relations, and consumer practices. He shows how the interwar jazz period then became a troubling symbol of Japan’s intimacy with the West—but how, even during the Pacific war, the roots of jazz had taken hold too deeply for the “total jazz ban” that some nationalists desired. While the allied occupation was a setback in the search for an indigenous jazz sound, Japanese musicians again sought American validation. Atkins closes out his cultural history with an examination of the contemporary jazz scene that rose up out of Japan’s spectacular economic prominence in the 1960s and 1970s but then leveled off by the 1990s, as tensions over authenticity and identity persisted.

https://www.dukeupress.edu/blue-nippon

budo jeru, Monday, 29 January 2018 18:06 (four months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SfQaabHBqY

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 29 January 2018 18:06 (four months ago) Permalink

is there a Japanese equivalent of Spotify I can subscribe to?

NHK radio has a weekly jazz program that i think you can stream:

http://www4.nhk.or.jp/jazz/#

budo jeru, Monday, 29 January 2018 19:36 (four months ago) Permalink

That Atkins book is especially interesting on pre-war jazz -- especially the role of Philippine bands as role models and on Shanghai as a proving ground for Japanese players. He's also thorough on the war years and the grim ways musicians embraced or adapted to extreme nationalism. What we'd generally recognize as jazz didn't really get going in Japan until the Occupation years, when the scene shifted from dance halls to coffee shops. Atkins is a historian so his emphasis is more on the social contexts than on analysis of the music, but he seems to cover all the big-name players prior to 1980 or so.

The Japanese quest for jazz authenticity is pretty fascinating and puts concerns about authenticity within American music in a constructively weird perspective.

Brad C., Monday, 29 January 2018 19:50 (four months ago) Permalink

cool, i will have to check that out. tbh the premise sounded kind of insufferable to me, it's nice to know that the "argument" or w/e of the book is potentially as interesting as the facts i had hoped to gleam in spite of academic handwringing over "authenticity"

the volume that atkins edited -- "jazz planet" -- is positively packed with essays that each look super interesting. but that's for a different thread.

also, it looks like michael molasky (who made a contribution to "jazz planet") is working on a translation of a book he wrote originally in japanese -- "the jazz culture of postwar japan: film, literature, subculture"

https://apps.cla.umn.edu/directory/profiles/molasky

https://www.amazon.co.jp/%E6%88%A6%E5%BE%8C%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC%E3%81%AE%E3%82%B8%E3%83%A3%E3%82%BA%E6%96%87%E5%8C%96%E2%80%95%E6%98%A0%E7%94%BB%E3%83%BB%E6%96%87%E5%AD%A6%E3%83%BB%E3%82%A2%E3%83%B3%E3%82%B0%E3%83%A9-%E3%83%9E%E3%82%A4%E3%82%AF-%E3%83%A2%E3%83%A9%E3%82%B9%E3%82%AD%E3%83%BC/dp/4791762010/

budo jeru, Monday, 29 January 2018 20:19 (four months ago) Permalink

gleam = glean lol

budo jeru, Monday, 29 January 2018 20:27 (four months ago) Permalink

Another nice one,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYxrq5UV_z8

Federico Boswarlos, Friday, 9 February 2018 18:47 (four months ago) Permalink

Also interesting to hear about Jazz becoming popular during the Occupation in Japan. I recall something similar being the case - though pls correct me if wrong - in Germany while troops were stationed during/after WWII and with jazz clubs opening to cater to them.

Federico Boswarlos, Friday, 9 February 2018 18:50 (four months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Comp with more of an epic scope than the (awesome) BBE one, listening now and very much enjoying:

http://youtu.be/dUwUvZEuGGs

Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 24 June 2018 12:48 (yesterday) Permalink

I wrote about the BBE and Jazzman compilations back in April. Now it turns out the very rare album Tachibana by the Tohru Aizawa Quartet, one track from which appears on the J-Jazz comp, is being reissued next month. I pre-ordered it on Bandcamp:

https://tohruaizawaquartet.bandcamp.com/album/tachibana

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 24 June 2018 13:57 (yesterday) Permalink


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