TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD

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From an auspicious beginning in 1958, Miyama-sensei and the New Herd grew from strength to strength in the 1960s, with concerts and summer residences all over Japan. They also broadened their repertoire to take in Latin Jazz and, of all things, the Twist! 1963 would see Miyama-sensei provide backing to the one and only Anita O’Day on her Japanese Tour (their first collaboration with a major western artist), swinging to Buddy Bregman orchestrations and featuring highly regarded Japanese players as Saijo Konosuke and Sawada Shingo guesting. Wish I was there!

Speaking of orchestrators, Miyama-sensei by now was working with the cream of the Japanese crop: in addition to Maeda Norio, there was work from SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO Composer Miyagawa Hiroshi, Yashiro Kazuo, the legendary Miho Keitaro (leader of the Japanese Jazz All-Stars) and, as an interesting side note, working with Movie Composer Uno Seiichiro on the groundbreaking stop-motion children’s TV show
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TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Discography

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TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Perspective album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Perspective
Progressive Big Band 1969
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Exciting Rock Beat - John To Yoko No Ballad album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Exciting Rock Beat - John To Yoko No Ballad
Progressive Big Band 1969
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Your Best Pops 12 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Your Best Pops 12
Progressive Big Band 1969
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Canto Of Libra (with Masahiko Sato) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Canto Of Libra (with Masahiko Sato)
Progressive Big Band 1970
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD The Latin Touch Of Pepe Merto album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Latin Touch Of Pepe Merto
Latin Jazz 1970
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD This Is Latin Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
This Is Latin Music
Latin Jazz 1970
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Yotsu No Jazz Composition aka Four Jazz Compositions album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Yotsu No Jazz Composition aka Four Jazz Compositions
Avant-Garde Jazz 1970
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD New Herd + M. Togashi : Canto Of Aries album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Herd + M. Togashi : Canto Of Aries
Progressive Big Band 1971
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Tijuana Sound album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tijuana Sound
Latin Jazz 1971
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Exciting Rock Beat : Jail House Rock album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Exciting Rock Beat : Jail House Rock
Progressive Big Band 1971
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Screen Theme By New Herd
Progressive Big Band 1972
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Toshiyuki Miyama & The New Herd &  Seiji Tanaka & His Group - New Herd This Is Big Band Rock! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Toshiyuki Miyama & The New Herd & Seiji Tanaka & His Group - New Herd This Is Big Band Rock!
Progressive Big Band 1972
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Yamataifu (with Masahiko Sato) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Yamataifu (with Masahiko Sato)
Progressive Big Band 1972
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Nio & Pigeon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nio & Pigeon
Progressive Big Band 1972
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Screen Music World - Outlaw album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Screen Music World - Outlaw
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1972
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Toshiyuki Miyama & His New Herd Orchestra : Eternity? ・Epos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Toshiyuki Miyama & His New Herd Orchestra : Eternity? ・Epos
Progressive Big Band 1972
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD New Herd Orchestra With Masahiko Sato : Superstar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Herd Orchestra With Masahiko Sato : Superstar
Progressive Big Band 1972
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Immortal Blues By New Herd album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Immortal Blues By New Herd
Progressive Big Band 1973
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Tsuchi No Ne (Adventure in Sound) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tsuchi No Ne (Adventure in Sound)
Progressive Big Band 1973
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Be Bop/Up-To-Date album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Be Bop/Up-To-Date
Progressive Big Band 1973
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Las Más Apasionadas Y Mejores Canciones Latinas Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Las Más Apasionadas Y Mejores Canciones Latinas Vol. 1
Latin Jazz 1973
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Las Más Apasionadas Y Mejores Canciones Latinas Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Las Más Apasionadas Y Mejores Canciones Latinas Vol. 2
Latin Jazz 1973
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"New Herd"
Progressive Big Band 1974
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Toshiyuki Miyama & The New Herd with Masahiko Sato : Straight Ahead album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Toshiyuki Miyama & The New Herd with Masahiko Sato : Straight Ahead
Progressive Big Band 1974
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Blues Up And Down
Progressive Big Band 1975
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Modern Jazz Highlights album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Modern Jazz Highlights
Big Band 1976
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Modern Jazz 10 Composers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Modern Jazz 10 Composers
Big Band 1976
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD 那由陀現成 (Nayutagenjo) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
那由陀現成 (Nayutagenjo)
Progressive Big Band 1976
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Sunday Thing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sunday Thing
Progressive Big Band 1976
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Stephen Foster Fostered Us album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stephen Foster Fostered Us
Progressive Big Band 1976
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Orchestrane (New Herd Play John Coltrane) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Orchestrane (New Herd Play John Coltrane)
Progressive Big Band 1977
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Modern Juke Box album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Modern Juke Box
Big Band 1977
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD The Way We Were album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Way We Were
Progressive Big Band 1978
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Tribute
Progressive Big Band 1978
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD So Long Charles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
So Long Charles
Progressive Big Band 1979
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Gallery
Progressive Big Band 1979
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Opa! New Herd album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Opa! New Herd
Progressive Big Band 1979
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Big Stuff: Toshiyuki Miyama & New Herd Plays Chikara Ueda album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Big Stuff: Toshiyuki Miyama & New Herd Plays Chikara Ueda
Progressive Big Band 1980
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Misty
Progressive Big Band 1982
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Beat Generation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Beat Generation
Progressive Big Band 1994

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TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD スーダラ節 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
スーダラ節
Big Band 1961

TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD live albums

TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD The New Herd At Monterey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The New Herd At Monterey
Progressive Big Band 1975
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Live At Newport'75 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Newport'75
Progressive Big Band 1975
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Take The "A" Train: Live In 5 Days In Jazz '75
Progressive Big Band 1975
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Live! New Herd 76/45 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live! New Herd 76/45
Progressive Big Band 1977
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD New Herd En Chile album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Herd En Chile
Progressive Big Band 1979
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New Herd In New York
Progressive Big Band 2000

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TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Yotsu No Jazz Composition aka Four Jazz Compositions

Album · 1970 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Toshiyuki Miyama is a key figure in Japanese progressive big band music. He started playing jazz with his band before WWII. After the war, his big band was a hot name in the US Navy clubs in Japan. His first recorded albums contained big band classics and popular tunes of the time up to the late 60s, when the avant-garde jazz invasion (mostly introduced by young Japanese jazzmen returning from jazz studies in the States) revolutionized the country's scene.

Starting in 1967-68, Miyama adapted a new sound playing with leading genre local musicians. "Four Jazz Compositions" is not his band's first advanced release, but one among a few very early such albums, and one of the rarest. Still, its rarity is not this album's main attraction (unless you are collector), the presented music is quite unique, even for that extremely advanced time.

It's a public secret that discussions about originality (or better to say its absence) in Japanese jazz had long decades of history. Here, on "Four Jazz Compositions", the listener will easily find some early evidence of what can be tagged as "original Japanese elements".

The album's opener, the ten-minute long "Mumyoju", is composed by Japanese leading avant-garde pianist and composer of the time, Masahiko Satoh, (he plays on it as well, but percussion, not piano). It begins with silence pierced with ascetic needles of percussion, minimal brass splashes and koto. Still silence (or "free air", as it is often called in Japanese avant-garde music) is the largest and most important composition component. The music here is near static, in moments meditative, but more often - quite dramatic and recalls early Western contemporary avant-garde compositions, just with an Eastern touch.

The second composition,"Shirabyoshi", opens as if it's just a continuation of the previous one, but very soon piano, bass and the brass section take their part - here one can be sure that all the Orchestra is in action. From meditative slow tempos, it grows fast to an orchestral jazz-rock sound, but on the four minute mark, Miyama cuts the sound. What follows sounds like a well arranged pop-tune, or movie soundtrack. It doesn't last long though, at the sixth minute the orchestra moves toward a full-bodied big band sound with a muscular rock-influenced rhythm section and brass fireworks. Growing tensions explode close to the ten minute mark and continues as nervous mid-tempo orchestral "Ikisudama", recalling a more contemporary avant-garde piece than any form of jazz. The listener shouldn't be bored though - somewhere in the middle the music somehow naturally transforms to a full bodied big band sound, something that could be played by Mingus. As if it would be not enough, the orchestra explodes with distorted sound, a lot of almost cacophonous brass soloing and at the end returns back to base - slow down till almost meditative, even if still nervous in moments, avant-garde chamber orchestra sound.

The fourth and final composition opens with a drum solo and rolls ahead as a tuneful richly brass arranged jazz-rock song, very cinematic, but still with some small distortions here and there. At the end this forty minute long album, it stays in your memory as a gallery of musical pictures, some more organically related than others, but never boring.

Miyama will continue releasing advanced big band releases for some more years, but "Four Jazz Compositions" (together with "Yamataifu", "Eternity? ・Epos" and few more) will stay as one of the best examples of Japanese adventurous orchestrated jazz.

TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & THE NEW HERD Canto Of Libra (with Masahiko Sato)

Album · 1970 · Progressive Big Band
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snobb
Japanese reeds player and orchestra leader Toshiyuki Miyama led fashionable at the time big band starting from mid 60s.Hits-oriented orchestra played everything from big band arrangements of pop-songs to Beatles covers,etc, released some albums incl. some commercial releases without artists name on the cover.Being flexible leader Toshiyuki tried to keep his music on the top of the day's fashion.

Quite surprisingly, Japanese musical scene have been taken by storm by few Japanese free jazz expatriates,returned back from States in 1968-69. Free jazz became most fashionable music for two or three years ahead. Toshiyuki reacted immediately, turning his jazz-rock orchestra (in late 60s he switched from orchestrated pop-tunes to rock covers,adding electric guitarist)towards experimental free sound.

His New Herd was improved by one of the leader of new fashion pianist Masahiko Satoh and new collective recorded in 1970 first ever free-jazz orchestra album in Japan. To be honest, music on the album is quite strange - it often sounds like orchestra tries hard to play "new thing" without actual knowledge what it really is.

Guest pianist Masahiko Satoh (he will become a star just some months later)wrote five-piece suite,which combines elements of modern creative avantgarde,jazz fusion and free improvisation,all spiced with brassy big band arrangements and fashionable rock-jazz electric guitars soloing.Some parts are obviously over-arranged with massive brass section's sound (four trumpets,four trombones,five saxophones), another sound close to minimalist avantgarde. Masahiko Satoh plays piano together with regular orchestra pianist (Miyama will use this double-piano scheme in his orchestra for some upcoming years). Surprisingly, level of adventurousness is so high that as rule music doesn't sound as raw or chaotic as one could expect.

Masahiko will start short but very successful solo career just in few months after release of "Canto Of Lybra", Miyama's New Herd will work with some leading Japanese free jazz soloists till mid 70s (some their albums will take highest positions in Japanese experimental jazz legacy)and later will turn once again towards heavy orchestrated mainstream jazz and easy listening.

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