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Tony Higgins, Mike Peden

J Jazz - Free And Modern Jazz Albums From Japan 1954 - 1988

    BBE Music is thrilled to present J Jazz: Free and Modern Jazz From Japan 1954-1988, a remarkable large-format book covering some of the deepest, rarest, and most innovative jazz music released anywhere in the post-war era. Compiled by Tony Higgins and Mike Peden, co-curators of BBE Music's acclaimed J Jazz Masterclass Series, the book also features a foreword by Japanese jazz icon, Terumasa Hino.

    This is the first time a book of this type has been published outside of Japan and the first anywhere of this size and scale. It is a unique collection of over 500 albums of free and modern jazz released in Japan during a period of radical transformation and constant reinvention. An era that saw Japan return from the ravages of World War Two to become a global economic power and emerge as both a technological leader and an international cultural force. Through a unique gallery of albums, J Jazz charts the development of jazz in Japan from the first stirrings of the modern jazz scene in the mid to late 1950s and on through the hard bop and modal jazz of the 1960s.

    It steers the reader into the radical directions of the 1970s when free jazz, fusion, post-bop, and jazz-funk opened up a growing number of Japanese jazz artists to a new global audience before consolidating in the mid to late 1980s with a musical scene that laid the path for the contemporary jazz generation to follow. Over 500 full-colour sleeves from many of the leading names in Japanese jazz sit alongside rare and private pressings that tell a story of constant change and musical exploration. J Jazz includes profiles of several leading record labels such as East Wind, Frasco, King Records, and Nippon Columbia as well as critical independents such as Three Blind Mice, ALM, and Aketa’s Disk. J Jazz includes interviews with celebrated jazz photographer Tadayuki Naito, and pianist Tohru Aizawa, bandleader on the totemic spiritual jazz album, Tachibana Vol 1, as well as free-jazz record collector and jazz musician Mats Gustafsson.

    The book also features a chapter on albums by non-Japanese artists that only received a Japanese release, with collectible, rare, and obscure releases by figures such as Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Mal Waldron, Steve Lacy, and Art Blakey. J Jazz includes Japanese jazz charts from some of the world's leading jazz DJs including Gilles Peterson, Toshio Matsuura, Paul Murphy, and Shuya and Yoshihiro Okino. Among the specialist content is a feature on obi strips by record dealer and Japanese jazz expert, Yusuke Ogawa, plus a special article on Japanese Blue Note albums.

    Across its 300-plus pages, J Jazz includes a detailed introduction contextualising the music, tracing the story of Japan's fascination with jazz back before the war. It also features biographical information on many of the key artists involved in shaping the post-war Japanese jazz scene including Sadao Watanabe, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Masabumi Kikuchi, Masahiko Togashi, Terumasa Hino, Yosuke Yamashita, Fumio Itabashi, Masayuki Takayanagi, Takeo Moriyama, Isao Suzuki, and many more.


    1. Philosopher's Stone - Tohru Aizawa Quartet
    2. Love Talken - Kohsuke Mine
    3. Little B's Poem - Hideto Sasaki, Toshiyuki Sekine Quartet + 1
    4. Take - Takeo Moriyama
    5. Takeuma - Makoto Terashita Meets Harold Land
    6. Dog's Dance - Miyasaka + 5
    7. Future On You - Shintaro Quintet
    8. Blue Road - Masaru Imada Trio + 1
    9. Zekatsuma Selbst - Koichi Matsukaze Trio + Toshiyuki Daitoku
    10. Rerev (Extended Version - Live) - Hideyasu Terakawa Quartet

    Various Artists

    ALFA/YEN Records 1980-1987: Techno Pop And Other Electronic Adventures In Tokyo (LITA Exclusive)

      Recording technology was completely revolutionized in the 80s by the multitrack recorder, with the popularity of 24-channel SSL consoles sweeping the world. Japanese pop music created during this wave of digital improvement is now recognized worldwide as ""City Pop."" Techno Pop was another offshoot born of the same revolution.

      Precise, computer-controlled beats produced by groups like Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) introduced a different type of sound to the masses. By now, these works have been brought into the international limelight and continue to be a major influence on today's music.

      At the center of Tokyo’s Techno Pop scene was ALFA/YEN Records. The label left behind an impressive body of work, but much of it wasn't made widely available... until now!

      This new, definitive compilation focuses on the music archives of the YEN Records catalog, available for the first time exclusively at Light in the Attic. This is a true celebration of Japan's Techno Pop scene of the 80s, reissued with the intent that future generations, internationally, will be able to discover, enjoy, and appreciate ALFA/YEN and its significant contributions to the sonic landscape of the 80s and beyond.


      3. Sakisaka To Momonai No Gokigen Ikaga One Two Three - You An’ Me Orgasmus Orchestra
      4. Drip Dry Eyes - Yukihiro Takahashi
      5. SUKI-SUKI-DAISUKI - Jun Togawa
      6. Parallelisme - Miharu Koshi
      7. Bikkuri Party No Theme - Haruomi Hosono & Yukihiro Takahashi
      8. Sakasa Kenjin Eagas - Apogee & Perigee
      9. Yumemiru Yakusoku - Haruomi Hosono
      10. ROCK - Hajime Tachibana
      11. Riot In Lagos - Ryuichi Sakamoto
      12. Radarman - Jun Togawa
      13. Platonic - Haruomi Hosono
      14. BEAT THE RAP- Super Eccentric Theater
      15. Rap Phenomena - YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA
      16. LEXINGTON QUEEN - Ryuichi Sakamoto
      17. Chanel No #5 No On The Rock - Sheena
      18. Beach Girl - TESTPATTERN
      19. FLASHBACK - Yukihiro Takahashi
      20. Automne Dans Un Miroir - Tamao Koike
      21. Ascending - INTERIOR

      The's / The Masonics

      Japan Tour E.P.

        What happens when two of the best in their game go on tour together? Record a 7" EP to accompany said tour..

        The's and The Masonics (including Miss Ludella Black) have been friends for longer then they can remember. In 2022, The Masonics joined The's on their five-night UK tour, with Ludella Black joining both groups onstage too.

        Various Artists

        J Jazz Vol. 4: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan - The Nippon Columbia Label 1968 -1981

          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. A Head Wind – Shigeharu Mukai Quintet*
          9. Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun – Nobuo Hara And His Sharps & Flats
          10. Jones Street – Kiyoshi Sugimoto
          11. By The Red Stream – Hiromasa Suzuki, Jiro Inagaki & Big Soul Media
          12. Kaleidoscope (Edit) – Mickie Yoshino & Kazumi Watanabe
          13. Ougi Denju-shiki – Toshiyuki Miyama And His New Herd
          14. Toppu – Shigeharu Mukai
          15. Mickey’s Samba – Mikio Masuda
          16. Macumba – Fumio Itabashi*

          *CD Only.

          Various Artists

          WaJazz: Japanese Jazz Spectacle Vol. I - Deep, Heavy And Beautiful Jazz From Japan 1968-1984

          Universounds, HMV Record Shop and 180g team up for an exceptional release: from blazing hard bop to free jazz, to introspective saxophone solos and massive big band sounds, renowned Japanese jazz expert Yusuke Ogawa presents an essential 14 track collection of "WaJazz" music taken from the Nippon Columbia vaults. Featuring Jiro Inagaki, Minoru Muraoka, Hiroshi Suzuki, Hozan Yamamoto, Count Buffalo, Takeshi Inomata, and much more!

          "Japanese jazz has been recognized and celebrated by music lovers worldwide for decades. The origins of this trend may be traced back to the rare groove movement that flourished in the 1990s, but its current deep and wide popularity seems to be connected to the fact that Japanese people have been reevaluating their own jazz since the mid-2000s, locally referred to as WaJazz ("Wa" meaning Japan but also theShōwa emperor period, from 1926 to 1989). Since the beginning of the 2000s, there has been a growing trend to move away from the DJ-focused perspective and to appreciate jazz with a deeper understanding. Nowadays, there is more and more interest in the background and roots in which jazz has developed in Japan, with Japanese jazz as a whole now considered as its own distinctive genre.

          Of course, even if we speak about "WaJazz" as one genre, there is a truly wide variety of styles within it. However, when Japanese musicians play, there is something uniquely Japanese flowing through that creates a kind of synergy. It may be the melody, the rhythm, or even something deeper, like an inexpressible flicker. I would be happy if some of its charms and secrets emerge from the fourteen tracks included in this collection." (Yusuke Ogawa)

          Yusuke Ogawa has been running the Universounds store in Tokyo since 2001, specializing in jazz and second-hand, rare, and collector records. He is also a reissue supervisor, label manager, DJ, and music writer. Known for his vast musical knowledge, eye for detail, and archival skills, Ogawa has worked on more than 250 reissues and compilations – including the highly praised Deep Jazz Reality and Project Re:Vinyl series. He is the co-author of the Wa-Jazz Disc Guide and the Independent Black Jazz of America books.


          1. Tadaaki Misago & Tokyo Cuban Boys - Sakura Sakura
          2. Minoru Muraoka With New Jazz Players - Muraiki
          3. Count Buffalo &The Jazz Rock Band - Mago-Uta
          4. Kiyoshi Sugimoto Quartet - D-51
          5. Toshiyuki Miyama & The New Herd - Adult's Day
          6. Soul Media - Breeze
          7. George Otsuka - Sea View
          8. Hozan Yamamoto, Masahiko Togashi & Yosuke Yamashita - Breath Prologue
          9. Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media - Do It!
          10. Hiroshi Suzuki - Romance
          11. Masahiko Sato - Tochi Mo Kurumi Mo Fukiotose
          12. Masahiko Togashi - Fourth Expression
          13. Takeshi Inomata & Sound Ltd. - Mustache (Live)
          14. Takeo Moriyama - Watarase


          Low Era / Smoke In Japan

            Geese are a band that begins and ends in Brooklyn, as a project between friends to build a home studio out of a basement.

            Their debut album, ‘Projector’ (from which this single is taken), is born from the same ambition: make music by any means necessary. The songs were recorded with sneakers as mic stands and blankets draped over the amps, all within the afternoon following a school day, up until they ran the risk of noise complaints. 

            TRACK LISTING

            A - Low Era
            B - Smoke In Japan

            Various Artists

            Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds Of Japan 1980-1988

              Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980–1988 hovers vibe–wise between two distinct poles within Light In The Attic’s acclaimed Japan Archival Series—Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980–1990 and Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976–1986. All three albums showcase recordings produced during Japan’s soaring bubble economy of the 1980s, an era in which aesthetic visions and consumerism merged. Music echoed the nation’s prosperity and with financial abundance came the luxury to dream.

              Sonically, Somewhere Between mines the midpoint between Kankyō Ongaku’s sparkling atmospherics and Pacific Breeze’s metropolitan boogie. The compilation encompasses ambient pop, underground electronics, liminal minimalism and shadow sounds—all descriptors emphasizing the hazy nature of the nebula. Out–of–focus rhythms wear ethereal accoutrements, ballads are shrouded in static, and angular drums snake skyward on transcendent tones. From the Avant–minimalism of Mkwaju Ensemble and Yoshio Ojima, to the leftfield techno-pop of Mishio Ogawa and Noriko Miyamoto (featuring members of YMO), and highlights from the groundbreaking Osaka underground label Vanity Records, these are blurry constellations defying collective categorization.

              These tracks also exist in a space of transition when the major label grip on the Japanese recording market began to give way to the escalation of independents. Thanks to the idyllic economic climate and innovations in domestically–manufactured music gear, creators on the edges were empowered to focus on satisfying their artistic visions in the open headspace of home studios. While labels like Warner Music and Nippon Columbia explored new sounds through traditional channels, it was possible for Vanity, Balcony and other indie labels, not to mention self–released artists like Ojima and Naoki Asai, to publish their work via affordable media such as cassettes, 7" vinyl, and flexi–discs.

              Expertly curated by Yosuke Kitazawa and Mark “Frosty” McNeill (dublab), Somewhere Between is a collection of music, much of it released for the first time outside Japan, that is bound more by energetic vibration than shared history, genre or scene. They are the sounds of transition and searching—a celebration of the freedom found in floating.

              TRACK LISTING

              Noriko Miyamoto - Arrows & Eyes
              Mishio Ogawa - Hikari No Ito Kin No Ito
              Yoshio Ojima - Days Man
              Mkwaju Ensemble - Tira-Rin
              R.N.A-ORGANISM - WEIMAR 22
              Naoki Asai - Yakan Hikou
              Takami Hasegawa - Koneko To Watashi
              Mammy - Mizu No Naka No Himitsu
              Dip In The Pool - Hasu No Enishi
              Wha Ha Ha - Akatere
              D-Day - Sweet Sultan
              Perfect Mother - Dark Disco-Da·Da·Da·Da·Run
              Neo Museum - Area
              Sonoko - Wedding With God (À Nijinski)


              Quiet Life - 2021 Remaster

                That Japan’s breakthrough record Quiet Life was released in both 1979 and 1980 is uniquely fitting for a band who were about to step out of the glam rock, post punk shadows of the late 70s and deliver an as yet genre-less record that would come to define the 80s.

                Quiet Life was the third, final and most successful release on the Hansa Records label. A forerunner for the alternative/new wave sound of the new decade, the album would become one of the great classic British albums.

                The record is now the subject of a major new reissue featuring a brand new Abbey Road half-speed remaster of the original album, alt mixes, b-sides, singles, rarities and live material – including the sought after ‘lost’ Live at Budokan show from March 1980 previously only available as the 4 track EP ‘Live in Japan’.

                We are working directly with original band members Steve Jansen and Rob Dean, producer John Punter and with consultant advice from band biographer Anthony Reynolds and the Japanese Shinko archive.

                The release features newly restored original album artwork, new liner notes with contributions from band members and original producer, rare and unseen photography and memorabilia.

                TRACK LISTING

                Quiet Life (2020 Remaster)
                Fall In Love With Me (2020 Remaster)
                Despair (2020 Remaster)
                In Vogue (2020 Remaster)
                Halloween (2020 Remaster)
                All Tomorrows Parties (2020 Remaster)
                Alien (2020 Remaster)
                The Other Side Of Life (2020 Remaster)


                Quiet Life - 2021 Remaster (Deluxe Edition)

                  That Japan’s breakthrough record Quiet Life was released in both 1979 and 1980 is uniquely fitting for a band who were about to step out of the glam rock, post punk shadows of the late 70s and deliver an as yet genre-less record that would come to define the 80s.

                  Quiet Life was the third, final and most successful release on the Hansa Records label. A forerunner for the alternative/new wave sound of the new decade, the album would become one of the great classic British albums.

                  The record is now the subject of a major new reissue featuring a brand new Abbey Road half-speed remaster of the original album, alt mixes, b-sides, singles, rarities and live material – including the sought after ‘lost’ Live at Budokan show from March 1980 previously only available as the 4 track EP ‘Live in Japan’.

                  We are working directly with original band members Steve Jansen and Rob Dean, producer John Punter and with consultant advice from band biographer Anthony Reynolds and the Japanese Shinko archive.

                  The release features newly restored original album artwork, new liner notes with contributions from band members and original producer, rare and unseen photography and memorabilia.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  LP – QUIET LIFE
                  A1. Quiet Life (2020 Remaster)
                  A2. Fall In Love With Me (2020 Remaster)
                  A3. Despair (2020 Remaster)
                  A4. In Vogue (2020 Remaster)
                  B1. Halloween (2020 Remaster)
                  B2. All Tomorrows Parties (2020 Remaster)
                  B3. Alien (2020 Remaster)
                  B4. The Other Side Of Life (2020 Remaster)

                  CD1 – QUIET LIFE
                  Quiet Life (2020 Remaster)
                  Fall In Love With Me (2020 Remaster)
                  Despair (2020 Remaster)
                  In Vogue (2020 Remaster)
                  Halloween (2020 Remaster)
                  All Tomorrows Parties (2020 Remaster)
                  Alien (2020 Remaster)
                  The Other Side Of Life (2020 Remaster)

                  European Son (Steve Nye 7” Remix 1982)* [10/02/21]
                  Life In Tokyo (Steve Nye 7” Special Remix 1982)
                  Quiet Life (Original German 7” Mix 1980)*
                  I Second That Emotion (Steve Nye 7” Remix 1982)*
                  All Tomorrow’s Parties (Steve Nye 7” Remix Version 1983)
                  European Son (John Punter 12” Mix 1980)
                  Life In Tokyo (Steve Nye 12” Special Remix Version 1982)
                  I Second That Emotion (Steve Nye 12” Remix Version 1982)
                  All Tomorrow’s Parties (Steve Nye 12” Remix Version 1983)
                  European Son (Steve Nye 12” Remix Version 1982)
                  Quiet Life (Japanese 7” Mix 1980)* [18/01/21]
                  A Foreign Place
                  All Tomorrow’s Parties (John Punter 7” Mix 1979)
                  Life In Tokyo (Theme Giorgio Moroder Version 1979)* [05/03/21]
                  Deviation (Live In Japan)
                  Obscure Alternatives (Live In Japan)
                  In Vogue (Live In Japan)
                  Sometimes I Feel So Low (Live In Japan)

                  CD3 – LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN 27/03/1980
                  Quiet Life*
                  Fall In Love With Me*
                  All Tomorrow’s Parties*
                  Obscure Alternatives*
                  In Vogue*
                  Life In Tokyo*
                  Sometimes I Feel So Low*
                  Communist China*
                  Adolescent Sex*
                  I Second That Emotion*
                  Automatic Gun*
                  *rare Or Unreleased

                  Various Artists

                  J-Jazz Volume 3: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan

                    J Jazz volume 3 is the latest in its definitive compilation series exploring the finest modern jazz from Japan. Since the first volume in February 2018, the J Jazz compilation series has showcased some of the most creative, inspired and sought-after jazz recorded in Japan during a golden period spanning the 1960s to the 1980s. Illustrating the richness and versatility of the composers and musicians on this collection, the music spans a wide yet coherent range of styles: samba, funk fusion, modal, spiritual, post-bop and bossa all combine to present an aural portrait of a jazz scene that was constantly moving and shifting its multiple musical centres of gravity. Mastered at the Grammy-nominated Carvery studio in London, many of the tracks featured are reissued for the first time, including mega-rare private press cuts from the Yasuhiro Kohno Trio, Masaru Imada Trio, and Hideyasu Terakawa Quartet. There’s heavy post modal bop by J Jazz legends Kohsuke Mine and Koichi Matsukaze; samba heat from Tatsuya Nakamura, Hideo Shiraki and Seiichi Nakamura; and funky dance floor energy by Hiroshi Murakami, Ryojiro Furusawa Quartet and Shigeharu Mukai. 

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Song Of Island
                    Morning Tide
                    Kemo Sabe
                    Groovy Samba
                    Song For Hope
                    ¼ Samba II
                    Burning Cloud
                    Wolf’s Theme
                    Honey Sanba
                    Black Nile
                    Acoustic Chicken

                    Victor Cavini


                      The first Be With foray into the archives of revered German library institution Selected Sound is one of our favourites on the label - the super in-demand "Japan" from Victor Cavini, originally released in 1983.

                      Rare and sought-after for many years now, this is one of those cult library LPs that never turn up. With Daibutsu the giant Buddha of Kamakura’s presence gracing the hefty front cover, this is a record bursting with dope samples for adventurous producers: it’s koto-funk madness!

                      Victor Cavini was the library music pseudonym of prolific German composer and musician Gerhard Trede. He was known for exploring instruments and styles from around the world (he played over 50 different instruments himself) and Japan is
                      his collection of 14 musical sketches painted with traditional Japanese wind and string instruments. These are the sounds of traditional Japanese folk music re-interpreted through Western ears, with the occassional contemporary twist. Contemporary for 1983, of course.

                      These “Pictures of Japan” are hypnotic, sometimes frantic, but always beautiful. The first twelve tracks offer airy explorations of koto and flute, with other strings and percussion being added and then given their own space. Indeed “Pictures of Japan XII” is just drums.

                      And then “Pictures of Japan XIII” seems to come out of nowhere. But the subtle sleaze of its full band sound still doesn’t quite prepare you for the towering climax of “Pictures of Japan XIV”.

                      This is Japan’s undoubted standout piece, completely and wonderfully at odds with the rest of the album. It’s the reason this has become such a must-have record. It keeps the traditional Japanese instruments but combines them with shuffling funk breaks, electric bass high in the mix and a Godzilla-sized psychedelic fuzz guitar sound that might actually be a traditional reed flute pushed to its limits. Whatever it is, it sounds awesome.
                      Recalling both Rino de Filippi’s "Oriente Oggi" and Giancarlo Barigozzi’s "Oriente", the track’s a real head-nod groove for b-boys and b-girls alike that sounds straight out of a late 70s Yakuza film. Indeed, if you were told The RZA or Onra had cooked this up in the lab this century, you’d be convinced. It’s crazy that this dates from 1983.

                      The audio for Japan has been sensitively remastered for vinyl by Be With regular Simon Francis to keep all the character of the original recordings. Richard Robinson has handled the careful restoration of the original Selected Sound sleeve. Essential.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Pictures Of Japan
                      A2. Pictures Of Japan II
                      A3. Pictures Of Japan III
                      A4. Pictures Of Japan IV
                      A5. Pictures Of Japan V
                      A6. Pictures Of Japan VI
                      A7. Pictures Of Japan VII
                      B1. Pictures Of Japan VIII
                      B2. Pictures Of Japan IX
                      B3. Pictures Of Japan X
                      B4. Pictures Of Japan XI
                      B5. Pictures Of Japan XII
                      B6. Pictures Of Japan XIII
                      B7. Pictures Of Japan XIV

                      Rodrigo Y Gabriela

                      Live In Japan

                        Live in Japan is the second live album by Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. It was released on independent label Rubyworks Records on October 17 and October 20  2008 in Ireland and the UK, respectively. The album captures Rodrigo & Gabriela making their live Japanese debut, at Tokyo’s Duo club on March 30, 2008.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Disc: 1
                        1. Satori
                        2. Ok Tokyo
                        3. Juan Loco
                        4. Ixtapa
                        5. Viking Man
                        6. Orion
                        7. Take Five
                        8. Foc

                        Disc: 2
                        1. Stairway To Heaven
                        2. One
                        3. Tamacun
                        4. Gabriela Solo
                        5. Rodrigo Solo
                        6. Diablo Rojo

                        Following the sell-out success of our landmark compilation, J-Jazz: deep modern jazz from Japan 1969-1984, BBE Music is thrilled to present another exploration into the very finest Japanese modern jazz. J-Jazz 2 builds on the solid foundation of the first compilation and sees co-compilers Tony Higgins and Mike Peden once again pick choice sections from their own record collections.

                        They present a deep dive into an intoxicating and beguiling range of styles: from cinematic roaring big-band (Little G by Nobuo Hara) and sparse minimal acoustic funk (Teru-Teru Bozo by Teru Sakamoto), to deep spiritual modal epics (Dragon Dance by Makoto Terashita and Harold Land) and funk fusion (Mother of the Future by Electro Keyboard Orchestra).

                        J-Jazz 2 delivers more astonishing high quality jazz that will appeal the old school hard-core jazz head as much as those digging the current sounds of the current vibrant jazz explosion in the UK and USA. The specially chosen tracks on J-Jazz volume two span across 25 years of Japanese musical progression and invention. From the elegiac stark beauty of Serenade to a Dimly Lit Street and the modal vortex of Daguri, to the fierce post-bop freedom of Bull Trout and the mid-tempo bossa lilt of Vietnam, there is enough here to satisfy the most curious and demanding jazz fan seeking something extra special.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Patrick says: After scoring a sell out success with the first volume, BBE revisit the treasure trove of Japanese jazz for another killer compilation of wild cuts and diverse rarities. This is a set so deep that the listener is a cat, whiskey and coffee away from turning into a Murakami protagonist...

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Makoto Terashita Meets Harold Land - Dragon Dance
                        A2. Kohsuke Mine Quinte - Daguri
                        B1. Mabumi Yamaguchi Quartet - Distant Thunder
                        B2. Hideto Sasaki & Toshiyuki Sekine QuarteT + 1 - Stop Over
                        C1. Miyasaka + 5 - Animals Garden
                        C2. George Kawaguchi Big Four - Vietnam
                        C3. Hiroshi Matsumoto & Hideo Ishikawa Quartet - Serenade To A Dimly Lit Street
                        D1. Electro Keyboard Orchestra - Mother Of The Future
                        D2. Teru Sakamoto Trio - Teru-Teru Bozu (Black Keys)
                        D3. Toshiyuki Miyama & The New Herd - Fallout (with Masahiko Sato)
                        E1. Makoto Terashita - Dai Hosaku (Great Harvest)
                        E2. Takashi Miyasaka Quintet - Straight Road
                        F1. Nobuo Hara & His Sharps & Flats Orchestra - Little Giant
                        F2. Akira Miyazawa - Brown Trout

                        Various Artists

                        J-Jazz Vol.1: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-1984

                        In the years following the World War Two, Japan developed one of the most insatiable, dynamic and diverse markets for jazz. For a crucial period of little over a decade - from the late 1960s to the early 1980s - Japanese jazz culture progressed at an astonishing rate, producing an extraordinary array of artists, recordings and record labels that created some of the most forward thinking and impressive jazz to be committed to tape. This amazing journey is explored on ‘J Jazz’. This compilation from BBE uncovers some of the most sought after and rare material from this period and pulls together key artists who shaped the postwar modern jazz scene in Japan.

                        ‘J Jazz' includes obscure and sought after rarities like the bass-driven power jazz of Koichi Matsukaze’s ‘Earth Mother’, the holy grail rarity of Aizawa Tohru Quartet’s ‘Dead Letter’ and the loping majesty of Takeo Moriyama’s ‘North Wind’. This collection takes the listener into deep spiritual jazz, post-modal impressionism and fierce dance-floor fusion with material from artists and composers whose names are generally only known to committed collectors of Japanese jazz. Fumio Karashima, Mitsuaki Katayama, Takeo Moriyama and Kiyoshi Sugimoto are among the names featured on an album aiming to shed a little light on the shadowy world of Japanese jazz clubs, tucked away in the neon backstreets. This music demands a wider audience and BBE are excited to deliver a landmark compilation, lifting the veil on this wonderful and mysterious area of the global jazz catalogue.

                        None of the tracks featured on ‘J Jazz’ have ever received an official release outside Japan before. The albums the tracks are taken from are extremely hard to find and often fetch huge sums on the collector’s circuit. Originally pressed in small numbers on independent and private labels such as Union, Johnny’s Disk, Whynot, ALM and VAP, these tracks are now available for everyone to enjoy.

                        Compiled by Tony Higgins and Mike Peden, both long-time collectors of Japanese jazz, ’J Jazz’ brings together the very best in modern jazz from Japan, recorded during a critical period of musical and cultural transition that saw composers and musicians not only assert a new artistic identity but also create a lasting musical legacy.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Koichi Matsukaze Trio - Earth Mother
                        2. Tohru Aizawa Quartet - Dead Letter
                        3. Eiji Nakayama - Aya’s Samba
                        4. Takao Uematsu - White Fire
                        5. Shintaro Quintet - A Blind Man
                        6. Mitsuaki Katayama - Unknown Point
                        7. Takeo Moriyama - Kaze
                        8. Fumio Karashima - Little Island
                        9. Kiyoshi Sugimoto - Long Neal

                        A1. Koichi Matsukaze Trio - Earth Mother
                        A2. Takeo Moriyama Quartet With Shigeharu Mukai - North Wind*
                        B1. Tohru Aizawa Quartet - Dead Letter
                        B2. Eiji Nakayama - Aya’s Samba
                        C1. Takao Uematsu - White Fire
                        C2. George Otsuka Quintet - Sea Breeze*
                        D1. Shintaro Quintet - A Blind Man
                        D2. Mitsuaki Katayama - Unknown Point
                        E1. Fumio Karashima - Little Island
                        E2. Kiyoshi Sugimoto - Long Neal
                        F1. Takeo Moriyama - Kaze
                        F2. Terumasa Hino Meets Reggie Workman - Ode To Workman*

                        David Bowie

                        Japan 90

                          Limited to 350 numbered copies on mint coloured vinyl.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Side 1
                          1. "Changes" (2:50)
                          2. "Rebel Rebel" (3:10)
                          3. "Ashes To Ashes" (4:53)
                          4. "Starman" (3:46)
                          5. "Fashion" (4:57)
                          Side 2
                          1. "Sound & Vision" (3:34)
                          2. "Ziggy Stardust" (3:44)
                          3. "Heroes" (4:40)
                          4. "The Jean Genie/Gloria" (8:08)


                          Japan Live

                            Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisations. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of electronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "Apropos" album. The tracks collected here are gleaned from live performances in Osaka and Tokyo in 1996. In technical terms, and all the more so musically, the recordings are on a par with meticulously prepared studio productions. The material thus provides an ideal opportunity to compare Cluster music of the past and the present (1996!).

                            This reissue is a new, reworked version. Originally released 1997 on Captain Trip Records. New artwork. Liner notes by Asmus Tietchens. First time on vinyl.

                            "Devil's Music" and more! EM Records presents the re-release of Nicolas Collins' live radio sampling masterpiece, originally released on vinyl in 1986, served up in all its stuttering glory, a time capsule of the mid-80s New York City airwaves. Acclaimed by Philip Sherburne as 'an early template for techno', the album has a feel somewhat akin to scratching turntablist madness, a block-rocking party put through a blender and reassembled by body-popping demons. Nicolas Collins is a hugely influential in contemporary electronic music, having performed world wide for many years, collaborating with Christian Marclay, Elliot Sharp, David Shea, David Tudor and John Zorn, composing, recording, modifying circuits and inventing instruments,and spreading the good word through his writing and teaching. The pieces released here are only part of his ongoing, multifaceted and truly experimental activities.

                            Big In Japan

                            Destroy The New Rock

                              Straight from the streets of Reno, Nevada comes Big In Japan and new to the Honest Don roster! Singer Zac was frontman in Zoinks and was in Screeching Weasel for a bit. A mix of classic new wave and modern pop/punk. The 12 hook laden tracks here touch on every subject from the likes of small towns to girl troubles and this is truly pop/punk for the new decade!

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