A tense crime soundtrack from Japan – served up in a host of shorter tracks with a really evocative feel! There's a definite jazz bent to some of the music, but given the brevity of the tunes, most numbers don't have standout solos – just strong use of key sonic elements in a really ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Hideo Shiraki & Takeshi Inomata —
Stormy Man EP ... 7-inch Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1957. New Copy (pic cover)...
A rare soundtrack session from Japanese jazz legend Hideo Shiraki – maybe one of the earliest recordings we've ever seen from the drummer – and one that also features work from pianist Takeshi Inomata and saxophonist Hidehiko "Sleepy" Matsumoto as well! The cover's somewhat ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A sweet swing revival set from 80s Japan – served up here by clarinetist Yasutaka Tsutsui – a player we don't really know at all, but who gets a nicely classic vibe on the set! Instrumentation is relatively laidback – usually a smallish combo mode, with piano and guitar providing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sadao Watanabe, Terumasa Hino, & Others —
Bad Girl Yoko EP ... 7-inch Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1966. New Copy (pic cover)...
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A totally cool Japanese soundtrack from the 60s – one that's as much of a jazz album as it is a film score! The group features saxes from Sadao Watanabe and trumpet from Terumasa Hino – part of a lineup that would already make the music sound great on paper, although it's even better ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A great Japanese jazz soundtrack from the late 60s – as full of feeling and creative inspiration as some of the best French jazz scores of the New Wave! The tunes here mostly stand out as strong jazz numbers on their own – although there are a few shorter, more introspective or scene-se ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
One of the earliest albums ever from Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita – and a set that already has him completely on fire, and well into the legacy of music that would continue for years to come! Yamashita is incredible here – almost a Japanese answer to the freedoms of Cecil Taylor, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic 70s session from Japanese piano legend Yosuke Yamashita – originally issued only on reel to reel tape, and making its first appearance here in any other format! The material is blistering – the kind of work that instantly made Yamashita as important to his scene as Cecil ... (Jazz) read moreCD