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    Posted: 07 Jul 2020 at 11:25pm
Japanese guitarist Hirokazu Yamaguchi releases today his new album "Vortex Box". It attracts attention with its cover art, very much in early 70s Yamashita's style, and even more - the fact that Yamaguchi plays classical and 12-strings guitars.

HIROKAZU YAMAGUCHI / 山口廣和 / Hirokazu Yamaguchis Vortex Box / ヒロカズ・ヤマグチズ・ボルテックス・ボックス





Vortex Box are
Hirokazu Yamaguchi: classical and 12 stringguitars
Yuichi Terai: saxophones and bass clarinet
Kosuke Ochiai: contrabass and morin khuur
Tomohiro Yahiro: percussions
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Japanese band Chico takes on popular jazz songs from modern r'n'b/world point of view. Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage" with vocals? For jazz haters - The Beatles "A Day In The Life" cover .

Available from today (in Japan)






CHIKO / A Day in The Life


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one of most unusual pianist Masahiko Satoh album, coming from 1970, is reissiued on vinyl by Mitsuko & Svetlana and can be purchased from today

and yes - it's a soundtrack!


MASAHIKO SATO / 佐藤允彦 / Kayobi No Onna(LP)
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Japanese trumpeter Shinpei Ruike new high energy album







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Extremely popular few years ago Japanese crossover jazzers Fox Capture Plan announced new album is released in May. First single from the upcoming album:





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There are not plenty big bands in a nowadays cost-efficient world. Modern Times Band, despite of their name, are shamelessly old-fashioned.New album is released today



MODERN TIMES BIG BAND / モダン・タイムス・ビッグ・バンド / Dreamsville / ドリームズビル
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Young generation of Japanese jazzmen come with debut album of Gradate band in March'20




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smells like 70s.....

Stuff's Rolling Coconut Revue concert recordings from Japan, 1977 just released

STUFF / スタッフ / ROLLING COCONUT REVUE JAPAN CONCERT




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Weird but hypnotizing mix of blues,Japanese folk and free improv from piano master Shoji Aketagawa (known as Aketa) recorded live in 2002 and never re-issued. Obscurity of sort


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Herbie Hancock's early fusion Japan-only album "Direct Step"(recorded in Japan in 1978) is reissued as RSD 2019 release (on vinyl). Take your chance to get the obscure one





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That's not all that often one can find an Japanese dub

TAIKOKISSIE & DUB PASSENGERS / Slow Dance in Suburbia


released 2019 September



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Guys under the long name Date Course Pentagon Royal Garden reissuing their old album "Report From Iron Mountain"(2001). Japanese militarist exotica or future jazz?




DCPRG (Date Course Pentagon Royal Garden) / ディー・シー・ピー・アール・ジー / アイアンマウンテン報告


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Ambitiously titled Future Jazz Quartet just released their debut "Flying Humanoid" (they like catchy titles, aren't they?) which in realty is more rooted in past than pointing a future

今井晴萌 Harumo Imai (tenor sax)
葭葉愛子 Aiko Yoshiba (pf/key)
磯部直樹 Naoki Isobe (bass)
ボンバロン Von Baron (drums)

Future Jazz Quartet (FJQ) / Flying Humanoid




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new dreamy acoustic trio plus vocalist Emiko Voice album "Blackberry Dreams" just released


EMiKO VOiCE & Phillip Strange / Blackberry Dreams

 
New Truth Records DCD-257


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Despite of the name, these guys plays fusion - but use exclusively renown heavy metal songs as raw material






Catch their "Extra Edition" released few months ago
 
NHORHM / エヌ・エイチ・オー・アール・エイチ・エム / NEW HERITAGE OF REAL HEAVY METAL EXTRA EDITION / New Heritage of Real Heavy metal extra edition


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Japan has a new Emperor from now....


celebrating, country unsung guitar hero Masayuki Takayanagi:


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ZEK! - a Japanese piano trio,playing exclusively Led Zeppelin covers, just released their second album




ZEK TRIO / ZEK TRIO(…水く‚‹み-米œ康—-œ” Ÿ) / ZEK!2


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One of Japanese greats sax player Kazutoki Umezu's rarity from 1988 "Diva" will be reissued in April 2019 by German Mule Musiq











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Continuation of decades lasting Japanese fusion tradition - new Lu7 quartet's album "3395"











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