A set that's hardly background at all – as the tracks here have a lively, forward sort of energy that reminds us of our favorite post-punk experiments from the British and German scenes at the start of the 70s – done with a darkness that really resonates with the album's cover image too! ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Doctor Umezu —
Diva ... LP NEC/Studio Mule (Germany), 1988. New Copy (reissue)...
Kazutoki "Doctor" Umezu was always one of the more unusual Japanese saxophonists back in the day – not just a jazz musician, but a player who's open to a wide variety of styles – which you'll definitely hear here, in a cool collaboration with percussionist Midori Takada and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very poetic sounds from bassist Motohiko Hamase – a contemporary recording, but one that almost takes us back to that late 70s/early 80s moment on the Japanese scene, when musicians were combining electric and organic elements – but in ways that had a surprising mix of modes! Hamase ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the few rare albums cut by Japanese guitarist Ryo Kawasaki and his groundbreaking Golden Dragon group during the early 80s – a record that mixes some of the groove-oriented currents of his previous work with elements that are maybe more far-reaching and fusion-styled too! There's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key cut from guitarist Ryo Kawasaki – and a single that firmly marked his move from fusion into the clubs! "Electric World" is a catchy bit of 80s electro soul – with female vocals stepping over bassy beats – which get some especially great percussion breakdown ... (Jazz) read more12-inch, Vinyl record