Yasuko Agawa —
Flyin' Over ... LP Victor (Japan), 1978. Near Mint- ...
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Hauntingly beautiful work from Yasuko Agawa – a set that has some echoes of older jazz and bossa at points, but also slides out in a smooth 70s soul mode too! As on her previous album, arrangements here are all by Susumu Arima – who also produced – and he's quite a maestro when ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet little set – one that brings together some of the grooviest cuts ever recorded by Japanese singer Yasuko Agawa – one of the leading lights of the overseas scene at the end of the 70s! Yasuko's got this really special blend of styles – a bit jazz, a bit soul, often ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Fantastic small group material from pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi – a set that features Lew Tabackin on tenor and flute, Christie Lynn on bass, and Albert Heath on drums – on three long tracks – "Sumie", "Euphoria", and "PAJ". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
An unusual Japanese-only collection of work by bassist Ron Carter – pulled from American sides for Fantasy, and done by Suntory Whiskey! The set features the new tracks "Double Bass" and "36414" with Jay Berliner on guitar and Kenny Barron on piano – and other ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Coltrane —
Bahia ... CD Prestige/Victor (Japan), Late 50s. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
An album issued in the years after John Coltrane left the Prestige Records label – but a set that includes some very compelling sounds from the early years, really showing the tenorist in a strongly spiritual transition! Coltrane plays tenor throughout, and the record also features the Red ... (Jazz) read moreCD
John Coltrane —
Believer ... CD Prestige/Victor (Japan), Late 50s/1964. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A great title for this one – given how many believers found the path to John Coltrane in the 60s! The session's a bit earlier, though – a later release of material that Trane recorded during his first solo stretch as a leader at Prestige Records – with long, open lines that are ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The second album from Chicago soul legend Tyrone Davis – and every bit as wonderful as his first! Like that set, this one bounces along on a wave of well cast Chisoul arrangements – penned by Tom Washington and Willie Henderson, with a great mix of the sweet and the rough – ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great album from the Japanese scene of the 70s – hardly swing at all, despite the title – and a record that makes fantastic use of the young Katsumi Watanabe on guitar! The groove is a bit soul jazz, but also has echoes of the 70s fusion world too – but in this really gentle ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great entry in this cool Japanese series from the 70s – one that focused on straighter swing sounds, in contrast to some of the more modern styles on the Japanese scene – but in a way that's still wonderfully fresh, and beautifully recorded! The album's credited to Takuya Fujioka ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The great Japanese trumpeter in a live quintet set, recorded in 1971. The group plays with a strong post-Coltrane feel, and is very free and loose, but with a good soulful edge on the solos. Cuts are long, and include "Ode to Workman", "Birth of Action", "Cycle Circle" ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best albums ever from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – a set that continues his development as a wonderfully expressive player on his instrument, but one that also opens up with a bit more bite at times, too – thanks to the presence of some sharp-edged contemporaries! The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the excellent Deep Jazz Reality series!)
Very cool – a special new pressing of a vintage 78rpm single – one of the greatest tracks ever from Blind Willie McTell! Sounds a lot better than a vintage disc – and still plays at the breakneck speed of 78 revolutions per minute! (78 RPM) 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Limited edition 78 rpm pressing! Plays with standard stylus.)
The other side of Monday Michiru – or, more appropriately, the early side of the great soul singer – given that her roots in jazz go very far back, to the time when she was the child of two very famous jazz musicians! This set has Monday reunited with her mother – the legendary ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Midnight Diggers (Al Foster/Kunihiko Sugano) —
Parky Morning ... LP Victor (Japan), 1979. Near Mint- ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
We're not sure what "parky morning" might be, but the group's a cool Japanese combo – one that features the great Al Foster on drums, Eizo Honda on bass, and a pair of piano player – Hajime Ohno and Kunihiko Sugano, both of whom play electric and acoustic, alternating ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi, but obi is ripped and partial. Back cover has some light aging, but front looks great.)
Pre-moog work from Hugo Montenegro – but a set that's still pretty darn groovy! The Beach Boys reference in the title is very well put, as Hugo's using some cool harmony vocals for the record – a chorus that definitely takes some of its inspiration from Brian Wilson, singing here both ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A buzzing, hard-hitting batch of pychedelic rock from Japan's The Mops – featuring some groovy, echoey tunes penned by the group and sung in their native language – plus a nice choice of passionate covers! The sound is a little bit like Love in their early rawness – and the Mops ... (Rock) read moreCD
Don't let the "rock" in the title fool you – as this is a jazz album all the way through, but one that has Japanese tenorist Takeru Muraoka taking on some of the hipper rock songs at the start of the 70s! Muraoka has this raspy, almost fuzzy tone at times – mixed with heavy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Sonny Rollins' best albums of the 70s – a Japanese-only live date that features some excellent work on both tenor and soprano sax! The group has a really great feel – thanks to congas by Mtume and guitar from Yoshiaki Masuo – both of whom bring some new elements to Rollins' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Sonny Rollins' best albums of the 70s – a Japanese-only live date that features some excellent work on both tenor and soprano sax! The group has a really great feel – thanks to congas by Mtume and guitar from Yoshiaki Masuo – both of whom bring some new elements to Rollins' ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing! Back cover has a small bit of light aging, but this is a nice copy overall.)
Forget the name of the group, because these guys are way too warm and smooth to be sadistic at all – and instead come across with all the best soulful qualities of the Japanese fusion scene at the end of the 70s! Most tracks have vocals, but there's also plenty of great work on guitar with a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Groovy instrumental work from late 60s Japan – a set that features guitar from Shungo Sawada, and a feel that's a bit like some of Wes Montgomery's best large group sets for A&M or Verve! The core combo features Sawada on guitar, plus piano and organ from Maeda Norio – brought ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Shungo Sawada Quartet —
Formation ... CD Victor (Japan), 1970. New Copy ...
Searingly soulful work from the group of guitarist Shungo Sawada – a player we mostly know from his groovy instrumental sides of the 60s, but who sounds plenty darn hip in this setting! The record has a nice sort of soul jazz groove on most numbers – one that takes Shungo's warmer ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little record from Japanese guitarist Kiyoshi Sugimoto – a musician you might know from dreamier bossa-styled records in the 60s – but who here comes across with a sharper edge and a richer sound overall! Sugimoto plays both acoustic and electric on the record, in a way that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Really evocative work from pianist Mal Waldron – a rare Japanese session cut with trumpeter Terumasa Hino, and a hip group of players who really make the set sparkle! The album's easily one of the most spiritual that Mal ever cut – and features two side long tracks that build ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert. Vinyl is great overall, but has a short click near the end of side one.)
One of the coolest albums ever cut by Japanese wood flute player Hozan Yamamoto – a set that has him working with very groovy backings from the Sharps & Flats ensemble – who almost give the whole thing an MPS label blending of funky jazz and world music sounds! The approach is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the coolest albums ever cut by Japanese wood flute player Hozan Yamamoto – a set that has him working with very groovy backings from the Sharps & Flats ensemble – who almost give the whole thing an MPS label blending of funky jazz and world music sounds! The approach is ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bossa, pop, and vocal jazz collide in this super-hip set of "Music For Coffeewise Tokyo" – one that certainly sounds a lot better than the stuff they play in coffee shops over here in the US! The mixture of material is a bit mad – but it works perfectly as a unique dip into ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD