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Originally posted by snobb snobb wrote:

The topic above comes from year 2010, one of the first year of last world's economical crisis, what partially feels from its mood. Situation is different now, and many things are changed during these 8 yrs, then again - most probably we are not too far from the next world's economical crisis (many experts speak about 2020),so some things are still actual...

Speaking about jazz popularity in general, I can mention some moments about situation in Europe (I believe the situation in States is different). Jazz has never disappeared from European scenes but as everywhere it experiences some ups and downs. Last decade, especially after-crisis time, is quite successful time for jazz in Europe (not only European jazz), but it differs from country to country. 

English jazz scene which has been never before a jazz Mecca (or almost never before, excluding some short periods of early fusion etc) is one of the world's most dynamic jazz places now. Some acts are even commercially enough strong and successful, what is generally a rarity in jazz world.

In general, jazz in Europe is partially successful (or at least alive) mostly because of a) educational moments which build its image as "high art" (on the same or similar level as classic music), not just entertainment and b) financial support from governments in many countries same way as them support classical music

Without above two factors we wouldn't see the picture we have now, and I expect this is a major difference between the situation in Europe and one we have in US or Japan.



I can't make much sense of what you are saying here. Both the US and Europe have different arts funding practices and both have long had many significant festivals whereas Japan barely has had any (and none which reaches major status) for decades now. It is even more odd when one considers that even South Korea and Indonesia do in fact have much more significant jazz festivals than Japan.

You say the situation is different now but the festival situation is no better in Japan in 2018 than it was in 2010.  In fact, last year, one of the two jazz festivals of any significance in Japan (the Blue Note Festival) was cancelled so if anything, it's even worse.

The author of the article at least attempts an explanation for the strange lack of significant jazz festivals for a country with a jazz tradition of some note.


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Salvalai trio's debut announced for upcoming March sounds as it could come from hip Playwright label




SALVALAI / VARIETY / Variety 



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote snobb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan 2019 at 11:51pm
some Japanese artists found inspiration in jazz classics - pianist Taihei Asakawa plays Bill Evans' "Waltz For Debby" and "Sunday At The Village Vanguard" in the same order as original releases did. Double  live album contains his solo piano (against Evans' trio), and Taiheidemosnstrates more avant-garde take on it.







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











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




ZEK TRIO / ZEK TRIO(&amp;amp;#133;水く&amp;amp;#130;&amp;amp;#139;み-米&amp;amp;#156;康&amp;amp;#151;-&amp;amp;#156;&amp;amp;#148;&amp;nbsp;&amp;amp;#159;) / ZEK!2


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Japan has a new Emperor from now....


celebrating, country unsung guitar hero Masayuki Takayanagi:


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


EMiKO VOiCE &amp;amp;amp; Phillip Strange / Blackberry Dreams

 
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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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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?




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

TAIKOKISSIE &amp; DUB PASSENGERS / Slow Dance in Suburbia


released 2019 September



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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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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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