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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote snobb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jan 2018 at 11:51pm
Another new name from Japanese hippest label Playwright (home of Fox Capture Plan,Bohemian Voodoo,Primitive Art Orchestra,TRI4TH,etc) - reeds player Yusuke Shima






Yusuke Shima / &amp;amp;#23798;&amp;amp;#35029;&amp;amp;#20171; / SilentJazzCase3


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote snobb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 2018 at 12:01am
BTW, same Playwright label is responsible for return of stylish artsy videos as support for their jazz artists






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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote snobb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jan 2018 at 9:14am
Modern jazz singer with roots in tradition Mie Joki will release her third album next week - on audiophile label Ultra Art Record/ Veteran pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto plays on 5 tracks (whole side A)




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote JonesJazz Fan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jan 2018 at 5:37pm
I love Japanese jazz and funk, some of the very best in my opinion. In fact, when I found this forum earlier today I was listening to an 80's Japanese funk mixtape. 
The music influences my playing quite a bit actually.




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote snobb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jan 2018 at 11:48pm
Electro-pop of 80s had influenced Japanese jazz as well as in Western world, and there were their own heroes. Sax player and composer Yasuaki Shimizu album from 1982, reissued few months ago



YASUAKI SHIMIZU / &amp;#28165;&amp;#27700;&amp;#38742;&amp;#26179; / &amp;#26696;&amp;#23665;&amp;#23376;


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Creative Japanese drummer Tamaya Honda just released his new album a few days ago, it can be heard in whole on bandcamp:





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Venus label,known by their erotic cover art and specialization on mainstream ballads, wasn't always like that. Far not everyone knows that Venus were the first reissuing Albert Ayler 1966 live recordings ("At Slugs Salon vol. 1 & 2") on one CD in 1994.






 


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Still, more regular Venus products are such albums as Archie Shepp "Blue Ballads" from mid 90s




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote snobb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jan 2018 at 4:38am
Back to nowadays, new bands still try to explore so popular in last decades classic fusion sound. Shabel is one of them, with new(already third) album "True/False" coming in February



 


 
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and yes - as on some other scenes, trio is a dominating format among young hip Japanese jazz bands


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one among better works of legendary Japanese percussionist Masahiko Togashi "Song of Soil" (recorded with bassist Charlie Haden and trumpeter Don Cherry in late 70s) has been reissued in last December on vinyl. Recorded live in Paris







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Japan-born New York-based keyboardist BIGYUKI releases his debut album on February 2




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Guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi often is titled "Japanese Derek Bailey". Started from cool jazz, he participated on the early country's free jazz scene and influenced later noise/brutal avant rock/jazz movement for decades ahead






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Renown Japanese duo pianist Satoki Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura's one of projects Kaze (with two Frenchmen)  is going to release their new album "Atody Man" in March 









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Acoustic bass veteran Isao Suzuki on one of his better albums (with audiophile sound from Three Blind Mice)





He is still almost the same after all those decades.....





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Mari Nakamoto sings "Georgia In My Mind" with support from two star-musicians - fusion guitar hero Kazumi Watanabe and legendary double bassist Isao Suzuki


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Chamber- avant garde Ensemble Shippoly will release their new album at the end of February


KAORI NISHIJIMA / &amp;#35199;&amp;#23798;&amp;#33459; / ENSEMBLE SHIPPOLLY/VERY SHIPPOLLY / &amp;#12450;&amp;#12531;&amp;#12469;&amp;#12531;&amp;#12502;&amp;#12523;&amp;#12539;&amp;#12471;&amp;#12483;&amp;#12509;&amp;#12522;&amp;#12451; / &amp;#12505;&amp;#12522;&amp;#12540;&amp;#12539;&amp;#12471;&amp;#12483;&amp;#12509;&amp;#12522;&amp;#12451;
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Tokyo-based 18-piece all-female big band Tawoyame Orquesta last year released their fifth album




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Cult pianist from early years of Japanese free jazz Masahiko Satoh later searched for different directions. His unorthodox minimalist album with strong domestic scent recorded together with percussionist /composer Midori Takada (originally released in Japan in 1990) has been reissued in Switzerland last year by label with funny name "We Release Whatever The We Want Records".






Image result for Midori Takada &amp;amp;#12539; Masahiko Satoh &amp;amp;#8206; Lunar Cruise


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Still, piano trios are dominating force on modern days Japanese jazz scene




new album

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