J Jazz Vol. 4: Deep Modern Jazz from Japan - The Nippon Columbia Label 1968 -1981: Triple Vinyl LPBBE731CLP
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Label: BBE Music
Release Date: 3rd November
Praise be to those Japanese Jazz Heads over at BBE pulling together pounds, dollars and Yens worth of high-quality, rare and most importantly uber-banging, funky, jamming and heady Japanese jazz, to be enjoyed over three lovingly spilled over discs.
As you can expect spiritual jazz, jazz fusion, rock inspired jazz, big brassy funk jazz and free jazz all catered for on this peerless comp.
4 volumes in and still mining nothing but gold.
With J Jazz volume 4, the BBE J Jazz Bullet Train continues its journey traversing the expansive landscape of modern Japanese jazz. Volume 4 is the latest in the universally praised compilation series exploring the best, rarest and most innovative jazz to emerge from the Far East. Please take your seats for a first-class ticket to J Jazz central. This latest station stop off is with the famed Nippon Columbia label, one of the biggest labels in Japan, whose jazz output embraces every possible style imaginable. Focussing on the key years 1968-1981, J Jazz volume 4 sees compilers Tony Higgins and Mike Peden dig even deeper into their record collections and pull-out tracks that span styles ranging from solo to big band, jazz classical interpretations and heavy jazz rock, to febrile post-bop, white hot samba fusion, and modal psychedelic wig-outs. J Jazz volume 4 features icons such as drum master Takeo Moriyama, keyboard magi Hiromasa Suzuki, Fumio Itabashi, and Masahiko Satoh, and guitar wizards Kazumi Watanabe and Kiyoshi Sugimoto, alongside big band maestros and innovators Nobuo Hara and his Sharps and Flats, and Toshiyuki Miyama’s New Herd. Thunderous basslines nestle alongside glistening runs of electric piano, bubbling synths and air-tight drumming as the heavy psychedelic modal blues of Jiro Inagaki flows with the infectious samba grooves of Takashi Mizuhashi featuring Herbie Hancock; Shigeharu Mukai’s fusion funk epics take the music to another level and Mikio Masuda’s driving keyboard rhythms brings the heat to an incendiary dancefloor zone.
1. Exchange – Takeo Moriyama
2. The Ground For Peace – Jiro Inagaki & His Soul Media
3. Chakkiri Bushi – Nobuo Hara and his Sharps & Flats, Hozan Yamamoto
4. Trial Road – Tomoki Takahashi
5. A Muddy Muffin – Masahiko Sato
6. Samba de Negrito – Takashi Mizuhashi & Herbie Hancock
7. Scramble – Hiromasa Suzuki
8. Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun – Nobuo Hara and His Sharps & Flats
9. Jones Street – Kiyoshi Sugimoto
10. By The Red Stream – Hiromasa Suzuki, Jiro Inagaki & Big Soul Media
11. Kaleidoscope (Edit) – Mickie Yoshino & Kazumi Watanabe
12. Ougi Denju-shiki – Toshiyuki Miyama and His New Herd
13. Toppu – Shigeharu Mukai
14. Mickey’s Samba – Mikio Masuda