Japanese jazz, "j-jazz"

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Another nice one,

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

Federico Boswarlos, Friday, 9 February 2018 18:47 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Listening to the J-Jazz Como a lot this week and Eiji Nakayama’s Aya’s Samba is a wonderful piece. Almost disarmingly simple and slightly melancholic but beautiful textured.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 9 July 2018 22:48 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Just got this press release:

BBE Music is proud to present the next instalment in the J Jazz Masterclass Series: ‘East Plants’ by Takeo Moriyama, one of Japan’s finest jazz drummers.
A genuine ‘under the radar’ album known only to a handful of Japanese jazz collectors, ‘East Plants’ is now available once more, reissued for the first time as a double 180g LP, with exact reproductions of the original artwork, obi strip and insert. It also comes with the original notes fully translated. ‘East Plants’ is also available as CD and digital formats. This reissue is fully endorsed by Takeo Moriyama himself.
Originally released in 1983 on the Japanese VAP label, ‘East Plants’ is an essential album in the J Jazz canon. It’s an album that distils several key characteristics of Moriyama’s music: clearly articulated and inventive rhythms, open yet orderly arrangements, and an accessible groove balanced with a graceful control.

dow, Friday, 7 September 2018 20:51 (one year ago) link

the Tohru Aizawa Quartet record is (mostly) awesome. some seriously fiery playing.

tylerw, Friday, 7 September 2018 20:57 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

That Takeo Moriyama is great. The two epics that bookend it in particular.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 18 October 2018 15:05 (one year ago) link

this is it! (satoko fujii, natsuki tamura, takashi itani) 1538 album. opens up with this absolutely smouldering maelstrom that I've repeated a couple of times now, without listening to the rest of the album yet.

calzino, Thursday, 18 October 2018 15:13 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

public bath press has just put out a first-ever english translation of teruto soejima's landmark history of japanese free jazz:

https://image.jimcdn.com/app/cms/image/transf/dimension=1820x1280:format=jpg/path/sebbe8eddd3189d65/image/ifeb8f616fab5f063/version/1545123392/image.jpg

This book, the only history of free jazz in Japan, has been reprinted many times in Japan and is finally available to readers overseas in English translation. From its earliest stirrings in the 1960s until it reached international recognition in the 1970s and after, free jazz in Japan is a unique music that has found its perfect scribe. Soejima Teruto was a writer who fell in love with a music and devoted his life to it as promoter, critic, label owner, tour organizer, and much more. All new photos in this edition, none used from the original Japanese volume. Introduction by Otomo Yoshihide.

you can get it here:

https://www.publicbathpress.com/

budo jeru, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 17:45 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

this sounds soooo good right now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R62xjHtOi0

budo jeru, Monday, 1 July 2019 18:51 (eleven months ago) link

also i finally got my copy of the soejima teruto book i posted about above and boy is it great, just super interesting and full of great recommendations for music of course

i'll probably be posting some of those things here if i remember to, almost tempted to put together a discography or maybe just post a playlist online somewhere

budo jeru, Monday, 1 July 2019 18:56 (eleven months ago) link

There's a second volume of the BBE J-Jazz compilation coming in September - you're better off buying a physical copy than just getting it from Bandcamp, though, 'cause they only licensed I think 5 tracks for digital and the 2CD set has 15. I pre-ordered mine already.

https://bbemusic.bandcamp.com/album/j-jazz-volume-2-deep-modern-jazz-from-japan-1969-1983

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 1 July 2019 18:59 (eleven months ago) link

did they do the thing again where there is vinyl-exclusive content ?

budo jeru, Monday, 1 July 2019 19:05 (eleven months ago) link

oh it's the other way around this time (14 vinyl tracks, 15 CD tracks)

budo jeru, Monday, 1 July 2019 19:08 (eleven months ago) link

two months pass...

This Hiroshi Suzuki album keeps coming up on my youtube recommendations - and according to this guy lots of other people's.

Few albums better illustrate the magic of YouTube as a music platform...

And it's pretty great, even more when I realised the fellow was playing the trobone.

There's one other album on discogs but seems to be very little else.

https://youtu.be/b8YLcVFmowY

Ned Trifle X, Sunday, 22 September 2019 15:12 (eight months ago) link

nice!

calzino, Sunday, 22 September 2019 15:15 (eight months ago) link

I haven't seen Cat on my recs list for a while since I stopped doing J music deep dives, however, I still get Plastic Love by Mariya Takeuchi all the time, it's up to 12m hits, insanity.

Maresn3st, Sunday, 22 September 2019 20:13 (eight months ago) link

27 million actually. Crazy.

Ned Trifle X, Sunday, 22 September 2019 22:13 (eight months ago) link

Still loving the Takeo Moriyama

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 23 September 2019 15:41 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

Listing to Japanese radio this afternoon and they were interviewing the leader of Soil and ‘Pimp’ sessions was jntroduing their new album recorded at roni Scott’s. He played ‘Space Drifter’ - well worth looking out for when it comes out on Tuesday.

https://www.jvcmusic.co.jp/-/Artist/A018653.html

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 30 November 2019 06:43 (six months ago) link

three months pass...

Aspirations of Madness, Blank Forms' fifth collection of archival, unpublished, or newly translated texts, takes its title from a series of interviews with Japanese free jazz pioneer Masayuki Takayangi that were published in Japanese in 1975-76 and are published here in English for the first time. The interviews provide a rare look at Takayanagi's eccentric practice and personality, both long under-recognized by audiences outside (and often, inside) of Japan.

https://www.forcedexposure.com/App_Themes/Default/Images/product_images/product_page/B/BLANK005BK_PROD.jpg

https://www.forcedexposure.com/Catalog/blank-forms-blank-forms-vol-5-aspirations-of-madness-book/BLANK.005BK.html

budo jeru, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:40 (two months ago) link

Bought an LP from 1982 by an outfit called Jazz that's named 'Live Jazz.' I got it on a hunch because it's on the Better Days label and features Yasuaki Shimizu and other members of Mariah. It's a little experimental and has some really bizarre spoken-word bits. As you can gather, the release is pretty unsearchable... just wondering if anyone has heard it or knows anything more?

cooldix, Thursday, 19 March 2020 11:20 (two months ago) link

this ?

https://www.discogs.com/Jazz-Jazz-Live/release/7168074

budo jeru, Thursday, 19 March 2020 16:24 (two months ago) link

Haha yep, and that's about all I saw on it.

cooldix, Thursday, 19 March 2020 17:12 (two months ago) link


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