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Tomoko AranFloating Space/Fuyu Kukan (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner/Lawson (Japan), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $38.99 49.99 About March 6, 2024
That's a great 80s sense of design on the cover, and the album's got a nice sort of 80s vibe too – a bit more drum machine beats, basslines, and keyboards than work by some of the jazzier city pop artists of the time – a mode that really seems to bring out the best in the vocals of ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Pink vinyl pressing – with obi!)

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✨✧ Tomoko AranLast Goodbye ... LP
Warner/Lawson (Japan), 1986. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
There's a cinematic look to the cover of this set by singer Tomoko Aran – and there's almost a cinematic presentation to the music too – but all in the best sort of 80s style you might hope for at the time! The work was put together by arranger Hideo Saito and Toru Shigemi – and ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Tomoko AranShikisaikankaku ... LP
Warner/Lawson (Japan), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Tomoko Aran sound a fair bit jazzier here at points than some of her other 80s work on the Japanese scene – but she also follows up those moments with more than enough of the catchy rockish tunes that made her such a big star at the time! Arrangements on the record are by Masamori Sasaji, ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Blues CreationDemon & Eleven Children ... LP
Denon/Lawson (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A mindblowing set from early 70s Japan – and a record that's every bit as sinister as you'd guess from its title! Blues Creation certainly started out with a blues influence in their music, but like some of the headier British groups of the moment, they've turned that love of guitar lines ... (Rock) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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CagnetHere We Are Again – Long Vacation 3 ... LP
Universal/Lawson (Japan), 1996. New Copy ... $24.99 48.99
A sweetly soulful soundtrack from Cagnet – music for the extremely popular Long Vacation series in the 90s, done in that Japanese style from the time that was very heavy on influences from American soul! There's English language lyrics on most tracks – sung by Natalie and Anna, with a ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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CagnetLong Vacation ... LP
Universal/Lawson (Japan), 1996. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 42.99
A well-done batch of music for the initial season of Japanese TV show Long Vacation – served up with a sense of variety and depth that's a great change from American television music for a program of this nature! Cagnet put the whole thing together, but they've got a good sense of variety ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Long Vacation ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Bobby CaldwellHeart Of Mine (2023 Japan Record Day release) ... LP
Sin-Drome/Lawson (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A set issued at a time when the great Bobby Caldwell had fallen a bit from his superstardom at the start – but was still able to craft the kind of blue-eyed soul that first made him a giant! The set's arranged and produced by Bobby, with a lean vibe that shows that he wasn't getting any sort ... (Soul) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Count Buffalo & His Rock Band (Akira Ishikawa)Exciting Drums – African Rock Party ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99 54.99
The drums are definitely exciting here – really tight rhythms that drive most of these cuts into a funky frenzy – even if the groove is more based on American soul of the late 60s than the African rock promised in the title! Most of the tunes are covers, but remade here as really hip ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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DJ KawasakiBridge Into The Future – DJ Kawasaki Recreated Tracks ... LP
Lawson (Japan), 2023. New Copy ... $28.99 49.99
DJ Kawasaki has given the world plenty of great club tracks over the years – but here, he reworks his music in a variety of different styles – sometimes funk, sometimes soul, sometimes a bit of jazz – all with a level of expression that really takes us back to that moment when the ... (New Grooves) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ryo FukuiLive At Vidro 1977 ... LP
Lawson (Japan), 1977. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A never-issued live set from Japanese pianist Ryo Fukui – a tremendous player who was part of a special new generation of piano players in the 70s – very warm and fluid, but always with a sense of adventure too – in ways that make music like this very different than American work ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi! Part of the HMV Record Shop – Deep Jazz Reality – Project Re:Vinyl series!)

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Ryo FukuiMellow Dream (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Trio/Lawson (Japan), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $41.99 49.99 About June 5, 2024
A well-titled album from Japanese pianist Ryo Fukui – one that's got a warm sense of flow that takes it well past conventional piano trio work! The group here features Fukui on piano, Satoshi Denpo on bass, and Yoshinori Fukui on drums – all working together beautifully as a unit ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Ryo FukuiScenery (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Nadja/Lawson (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $41.99 49.99 About June 5, 2024
Lyrical magic from pianist Ryo Fukui – a lost gem from the Japanese scene of the 70s, and a beautifully flowing album throughout! Fukui's got a wide-open touch to the piano that we totally love – and is easily one of the best of his contemporaries on the Japanese trio scene of the time ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ryojiro FurusawaRacco (Sea Otter) (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Union/Lawson (Japan), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Deep deep sounds from this hip Japanese drummer – a set that features a fusion-styled mix of keyboards and sax, but one that comes across with a gentle feel that's light years from conventional fusion! The balance is perfect throughout – kind of a spacey, soulful vibe – ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kingo HamadaMidnight Cruisin (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Moon/Lawson (Japan), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A warm and mellow set of city pop from Japan – one that's got all sorts of jazzy inflections, and a midnight vibe that's very much in keeping with the title! The arrangements are great – nice and spacious, and never overdone – which let's Kingo's vocals slide in and out of the ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Nobuo Hara & His Sharps & Flats +1Electronics ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $42.99 54.99
One of the grooviest records we've ever seen from this hip Japanese ensemble – a set that brings some great keyboards to the group's usual horn-heavy sound! There's a wonderful blend of Fender Rhodes and organ on the set – often used as the lead solo instrument over the fuller backings ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Special Japan Record Day Release – with obi!)

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✨✧ Jiro Inagaki/Akira Ishakawa/Tan Tan/Eddie BanFunk Party ... LP
Sony/Lawson (Japan), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A heavy funk party from the Japanese jazz scene of the 70s – and a set that hits a lot harder than some of the smoother fusion of the time! There's a grit here that hearkens back to some of the best American jazz funk at the start of the decade – a nice edge that you often don't find ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Noriyo IkedaDream In The Street (pink vinyl pressing) (2023 Japan Record Day release) ... LP
Orange House/Lawson (Japan), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Noriyo Ikeda has a look on the cover that's maybe a bit more understated than some of her contemporaries, but comes across on the set with a really vibrant quality – using jazz as much as soul to craft her wonderful vocals, in ways that make for an album that's rich in feeling, even past the ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Jiro Inagaki & His Soul MediaFunky Stuff (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 49.99 About March 6, 2024
Funky fusion from 70s Japan – a really great set that's heavy both on Fender Rhodes, and on a range of choppy reed lines on tenor, soprano sax, and flute! The set's got a warm glow that's perfect for the CTI generation – with an equally apt sense of space, one that keeps the record ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jiro Inagaki & His Soul MediaHead Rock ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A definite head rocker here – a brilliant bit of funky jazz from Japan, and a record that beautifully balances acoustic and electric elements! Jiro Inagaki plays some heavy tenor and soprano sax on the record – working with a combo that includes electric guitar, electric bass, and ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Jiro Inagaki & His Soul MediaIn The Groove (white vinyl pressing) (2024 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... On April 20, 2024
Jiro Inagaki's definitely in the groove here – hitting hard with a sweet electric vibe, on a set that's easily one of his funkiest albums ever! The set's got a wicked mix of jazz and funk that's right up there with the best on 70s CTI or Kudu – but maybe even leaner overall, given the ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Jiro Inagaki & His Soul MediaMemory Lane ... LP
Sony/Lawson (Japan), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $44.99 49.99
A later date from saxophonist Jiro Inagaki and his Soul Media combo – and a set that has them reworking their older groove in really great way! The style here is more fusion than the big band funk of the group's earlier years – but the overall sound is still equally funky, and nice and ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Takeshi Inomata & Sound LimitedSounds Of Sound Limited ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 52.99
A killer funky group from early 70s Japan – a slightly large ensemble, but one with some really heavy drums at the bottom – plus some great use of organ and electric guitar! There's a tight brace of horns at the top – flute, tenor, trumpets, and trombone – but the rhythms ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sounds Of Sound Limited (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 38.99

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Akira IshikawaBack To Rhythm (Japanese yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Sony/Lawson (Japan), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 48.99 About March 6, 2024
Heavy funk from a hip Japanese combo – one that features lots of drums and percussion from leader Akira Ishikawa, plus plenty of guitar, keyboards, and hard-riffing horns! Akira's taking most of his cues here from American funk of the early 70s – work by Incredible Bongo Band, BT ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Akira Ishikawa & Count BuffalosSoul & Rock ... LP
Denon/Lawson (Japan), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Drummer Akira Ishikawa was easily one of the hippest cats on the Japanese scene of the late 60s and early 70s – a player and leader with a great ear for American funk and soul changes of the time, most of which he brought into play on a record like this! The album's definitely got the soul ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Akira Ishikawa Count Buffalo Jazz & Rock BandBakishinba – Memories Of Africa (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Polydor/Lawson (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $44.99 54.99
One of the funkiest records ever from Akira Ishikawa and his Count Buffalos band – a hip little groover that stands head to head with some of the best funky jazz from the US and Europe of the time! Despite Akira's earthy look on the cover, the record's got a relatively electric feel overall ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing – part of the Deep Jazz Reality series – heavy gatefold cover with obi!)

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✨✧ Ginji ItoDeadly Drive (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Asylum/Lawson (Japan), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Soulful city pop from the end of the 70s – a record that features the unique vocal stylings of Ginji Ito next to these really groovy, surprisingly jazzy arrangements – which also include some work from Ryuichi Sakamoto! The instrumentation alone is worth the price of admission – ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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✨✧ JazztronikUniversal Language ... LP
Toyoka/Lawson (Japan), 2022. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Jazztronik are sounding really wonderful here – maybe even with more jazz than in the early days, thanks to the increasing piano and keyboard skills of leader Ryota Nozaki! In fact, even the structure of the record is more jazz-based than before – really just a trio lineup, with bass ... (New Grooves) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Juni & Too MuchToo Much ... LP
Atlantic/Lawson (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the rarest Japanese hard rock albums of the 70s – and one of the heaviest too – a record that's definitely got plenty of the "too much" promised by the title and group! Juni Rush handles lead vocals, but the guitar work of Tutomu Ogawa may well be the equally strong ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Ryo KawasakiRyo – Concierto De Aranjuez ... LP
Universal/Lawson (Japan), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $38.99 49.99
One of the wildest sets ever recorded by Japanese guitarist Ryo Kawasaki – and that's saying a lot, given some of his other work! The vibe here is fusion, but with a definite 80s spacey twist that's hinted at by the cover – as Kawasaki handles most of the instruments himself, mixing ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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✨✧ Momoko KikuchiAdventure (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
VAP/Lawson (Japan), 1986. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Momoko Kikuchi returns to working with Tetsuji Hayashi – the arranger/writer who made her previous set such a sparkling charmer from the 80s city pop scene – and who definitely delivers the right sort of groove here to work with Kikuchi's sweetly captivating vocals! As before, the ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Momoko KikuchiOcean Side (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
VAP/Lawson (Japan), 1984. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
There's plenty of jazzy touches here – a nice complement to the vocals of Momoko Kikuchi, a singer with a lighter tone that soars over the catchy tunes in a really great way! Most titles are in English, but lyrics are in Japanese throughout – which Momoko handles in this lively way ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Momoko KikuchiTropic Of Capricorn (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
VAP/Lawson (Japan), 1985. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An easygoing city pop classic from Momoko Kikuchi – catchy but laidback at the same time – and nicely produced, but with a different vibe than some of the clunkier American work of the time! The record's a great illustration of the way that a singer like Momoko could find just the ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Well-done reissue – with a vintage-style cover, and obi!)

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✨✧ Kinokuniya BandStreet Sensation ... LP
Polydor/Lawson (Japan), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Warmly jazzy grooves from this late 70s Japanese combo – one who are more like a fusion group than some of the more standard city pop acts – in part because they've got two different guitarists in the lineup, each of whom get a different channel in the mix! Haruto Kawabe is on one ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Koharu KisaragiTokai No Seikats (2024 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
King/Lawson (Japan), New Copy (reissue)... On April 20, 2024
(Note: This item is not for sale online until 7:00am on Sunday, April 21. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning of Saturday, April 20. It will not be ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Kahoru Kohiruimaki with PrinceTime The Motion ... LP
TDK/Lawson (Japan), 1989. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 48.99
A great bit of Japanese soul from the end of the 80s – and one that's got a surprising connection to Prince as well – given the man himself wrote some of the tracks, and also appears on the record himself! Apart from Kahoru's Japanese vocals, the Prince tracks are totally Prince ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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✨✧ Makoto KubotaMachibouke ... LP
Universal/Lawson (Japan), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A beautiful little record from the Japanese scene of the 70s – a set that shows the growing influence of the American singer/songwriter world, but at a point before things hit the more polished mode of the city pop generation! Makoto Kubota has this nicely dark style to his work – ... (Rock) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Monica Lassen & The SoundsLa Jouissance ... LP
Sony/Lawson (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $42.99 53.99 About March 24, 2024
A totally wonderful little record that's every bit as sexy as you might guess from the cover – and which also has some of the groovy French elements you might expect from the title! The set's got this slinky, erotic vibe that's almost in Serge Gainsbourg territory – save for the fact ... (Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Monica Lassen & The SoundsWoman ... LP
Sony/Lawson (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $42.99 53.99 About March 24, 2024
A set that's definitely all woman – thanks to the sexy sounds of Monica Lassen on vocals! The singer works at a wordless level here – breezily scatting alongside these slinky, jazzy lines from The Sounds – a Japanese group who've clearly drunk deep from the well of bossa nova and ... (Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Norio MaedaRock Communication Yagi Bushi ... LP
Crown/Lawson (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Wicked funk from Japanese keyboardist Norio Maeda – also a hell of an arranger, too – as you'll hear on this superb set from the start of the 70s! The record's one of those key albums that took a 60s groovy Japanese sound much further into the future – giving the whole thing a ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Rock Communication Yagi Bushi ... LP 59.99

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Norio MaedaSoul Samba – Holiday In Brazil ... LP
Pan Am/Lawson (Japan), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $42.99 49.99
A funky 70s killer from Japanese arranger Norio Maeda – very different than his 60s material, and also different than you might guess from both the image on the cover, and the "samba" in the title! There's some Brazilian influence in the rhythms, but the approach is fuller, richer, ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Yoko MaenoTwilight (2024 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Lawson (Japan), New Copy ... On April 20, 2024
(Note: This item is not for sale online until 7:00am on Sunday, April 21. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning of Saturday, April 20. It will not be ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Carmen MakiBlues Creation ... LP
Denon/Lawson (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $42.99 59.99
Japanese singer Carmen Maki works here with Blues Creation – on a set that's headier and heavier than just about anything she ever recorded! The group themselves are amazing – searing with guitar work that rivals the best of the Anglo blues-inspired hard rock combos of the period ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Takako MamiyaLove Trip (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
Kitty/Lawson (Japan), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A slinky, soulful set from the Japanese scene of the early 80s – one of those records from a time when it really seemed that jazz fusion was informing some of the best records from singers overseas – and that's definitely the case here! There's a warm jazzy glow to the record that's ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mikio MasudaMickey's Mouth ... LP
East Wind/Lawson (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A killer set of electric keyboards – with a groove that stretches from wigged-out Herbie Hancock to the laidback style of Bob James on CTI! Mikio Masuda plays a range of different instruments – from Fender Rhodes to Clavinet, Yamaha organ, ARP, and mini-Korg – and the group ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kei Miho & Jazz ElevenKokezaru Suite/Kokezaru Kumikyok ... LP
MCA/Lawson (Japan), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible blend of jazz and traditional Japanese instrumentation – done in a style that even has some nice funky touches from time to time! The work's a really ambitious one – taking simple musical patterns at its core, but then building them up and jamming over the top as the ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Kifu Mitsuhashi with Yamaya KiyoshiShakuhachi – Ballads Of The Mountain ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 49.99
Really cool work on shakuhachi – and a set that's way more than just the ballads you might expect from the title! Japanese reed player Kifu Mitsuhashi definitely uses some older modes here, and begins the set as such – but as the record moves on, more contemporary instrumentation comes ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Special Japan Record Day Release – with obi!)

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✨✧ Kifu Mitsuhashi with Yamaya KiyoshiShakuhachi – Ballads Of The Village ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A great blend of funky jazz and wooden flute – the Japanese shakuhachi reed instrument, blown by Kifu Mitsuhashi here – then mixed with some larger backings that almost have a CTI Records sort of groove! The approach is similar to some of the best 70s projects from Hozan Yamamoto ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Special Japan Record Day Release – with obi!)

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Akira MitakeHimawari ... LP
Pony Canyon/Lawson (Japan), 1987. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 46.99
Sweet instrumentals from the Japanese minimal scene of the 80s, but work that's sometimes got some warmer touches than other material of the time – maybe a slight new age sensibility at points, but touched with a sentimental sense of melody that almost prefaces some of the later Ghibli modes! ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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Toshiyuki Miyama & His New HerdNio & Pigeon (Niou To Hato) (green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 48.99 About March 6, 2024
Toshiyuki Miyama really makes the New Herd cook with this cool 70s session – a smoker of a large group date, and one with a great mix of funky rhythms and complicated instrumentation! The set's got a feel that's as exotic as its cover, yet comes across with a solid, soulful punch throughout ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Akira MiyazawaBull Trout/Iwana ... LP
Victor/Lawson (Japan), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A fishy little record from saxophonist Akira Miyazawa – but a great one too, and an indication that he was probably one of the greatest modernists on the Japanese scene of the time! The set's built around four long tracks – all played with a main focus on the tenor, handled here in a ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Takeo MoriyamaSmile ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An album with a sweet title, but a very hard groove – a stone stormer from Japanese drummer Takeo Moriyama – put together with these soaring reed lines that almost make the whole thing feel like an early 70s album from Elvin Jones! There's a very spiritual feel to the music at times ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Noriki (Soichi Noriki)Noriki ... LP
East World/Lawson (Japan), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 49.99
Keyboardist Soichi Noriki is at the top of his game here – combining warmer fusion modes from a few years before with some of the city pop styles on the Japanese scene of the early 80s – an approach that's topped with vocals from Yurie Kokubu on a few of the album's key cuts! Most of ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Junko OhashiMagical (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Philips/Lawson (Japan), 1984. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great work from Junko Ohashi – one of those Japanese singers who seem to have a very global appeal, even if you can't understand the lyrics! Ohashi's got an expressive style that reaches back into older modes of vocalization in Japanese pop, but delivers the lyrics with this cool, focused ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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✨✧ Taeko OhnukiSunshower ... LP
Crown/Lawson (Japan), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really beautiful record from the Japanese scene of the 70s – a record that's noteworthy not just for the really lovely vocals of Taeko Onuki but also for the keyboards and arrangements by Ryuichi Sakamoto! Here, Sakamoto is in a surprisingly soulful mode – working with great help ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Taeko OhnukiSunshower (white vinyl pressing) ... LP
Crown/Lawson (Japan), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really beautiful record from the Japanese scene of the 70s – a record that's noteworthy not just for the really lovely vocals of Taeko Onuki but also for the keyboards and arrangements by Ryuichi Sakamoto! Here, Sakamoto is in a surprisingly soulful mode – working with great help ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Yuki OkazakiSo Many Friends (yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner/Lawson (Japan), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Really lovely work from Yuki Okazaki, a singer with a sound that's nicely upbeat, in ways that kick in beautifully next to the 80s production of the music! The lyrics are in Japanese, but there's almost more of a European style of production to some of the tracks – maybe because Yuki can ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Akira Ozawa with Jiro Inagaki & Soul MediaGreece Ni Tsuite Kakareta Hon ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 48.99
Bassist Akira Okazawa works here with a leaner version of the Soul Media group of reedman Jiro Inagaki – a sweet little set that has Jiro on tenor, soprano, and flute – and some mighty nice work on organ from Norio Maeda! Akira sings on many numbers, in both English and Japanese, in ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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✨✧ Reiko IkeSenko No Sekai (aka You Baby) (salmon vinyl pressing) (2023 Japan Record Day release) ... LP
Teichiku/Lawson (Japan), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really unusual record from early 70s Japan – one that features vocals from erotic actress Reiko Ike – done in a mode that's very similar to her sexy appearances on screen! And in fact, when we say "vocals", maybe "vocalizations" should be more the case – as ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Yumi SeinoNatural Woman ... LP
Blow Up/Lawson (Japan), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 49.99
It's easy for Yumi Seino to be a natural woman with backings this great – really jazzy instrumentation that helps set a style that keeps things moving throughout – and which definitely has the record on the more soulful R&B side of the city pop spectrum! Yumi's voice is great ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Hideo ShirakiFiesta ... LP
Teichiku/Lawson (Japan), 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $45.99 54.99 About March 6, 2024
A brilliant early album from Japanese drummer Hideo Shiraki – a jazz session that bristles with the same intensity as key late 50s work by Benny Golson or Gigi Gryce! Although Hideo's leading the group on drums, his work on the kit is remarkably subtle – done with the snappingly ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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ShoodyTomorrow's Child ... LP
Invitation/Lawson (Japan), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $42.99 54.99
A wicked bit of Japanese soul, and a rare album done by an American singer who was working on the scene at the time! Shoody sings in English throughout, with a soulful style that's wonderful – mixing her own great vocals with jazzy backings in a level that's a bit like some of the Japanese ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Speed, Glue & ShinkiSpeed, Glue & Shinki ... LP
Warner/Lawson (Japan), 1972. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $49.99 69.99
A hell of a record from a Japanese band who answered to nobody else – a combo who could come on with the ferocity of James Gang or some of their contemporaries, but also hit some even wilder, more experimental moments too – something they definitely do here in the space of the double-len ... (Rock) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great 2LP reissue – with the paper wraparound image of the original!)

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✨✧ Kiyoshi SugimotoBabylonia Wind ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Beautiful grooves from guitarist Kiyoshi Sugimoto – working here on a set of long, stretched-out tracks that are every bit as hip as anything coming from the US in the early 70s! Sugimoto's got an inherently trippy approach to his instrument – but he works here with a nice sense of ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Kiyoshi SugimotoOur Time ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $42.99 49.99
Funky guitar from Kiyoshi Sugimoto – a Japanese player who really hits his groove on this rare album from the 70s! The set's got a perfect balance between some of the earlier Japanese guitar modes, which were often a bit more jamming – and some of the smoother styles of the late 70s ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Sunaga T ExperienceCrouka ... LP
Cutting Edge/Lawson (Japan), 2001. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99 59.99
The jazzy genius of Tatsuo Sunaga gets turned in a cool direction here – as the set's an imagined soundtrack for the voyage of Crouka – the dog who disappeared from the launch of the Soviet rocket Soyuz2! That story hardly needs to be part of the description, though – as the ... (New Grooves) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hiromasa SuzukiBy The Red Stream ... LP
Lawson/Columbia (Japan), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Soaring keyboards from Hiromasa Suzuki – stretched out on some longer tracks than usual, with beautiful electric elements over some great large arrangements! Suzuki plays a fair bit of electric piano on the set – and is working here with some fairly dramatic larger ensemble sounds that ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hiromasa SuzukiHigh Flying ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Loads of great keyboards here from Hiromasa Suzuki – working in a mode that's somewhere between earlier funky jazz, and the tighter Japanese fusion of the late 70s! The style here is never too smooth, yet Suzuki really manages to blend some great elements together – his own keys, lots ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the excellent Deep Jazz Reality series – excellent Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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✨✧ Hiroshi Suzuki/Masahiko Togashi QuintetVariation ... LP
Takt/Lawson (Japan), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An excellent early album from Japanese drummer Masahiko Togashi, featuring a group that he co-led with trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki! The quintet's got a sound that's kind of a messed-up take on the Blue Note groove of the 60s – particularly the Lee Morgan rolling funky soul jazz sound of the ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing – with heavy gatefold cover, like the original – and obi too!)

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Masahiko TogashiIsolation ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $42.99 52.99
A brilliant set of spare duets between Japanese percussionist Masahiko Togashi and saxophonist Mototeru Takagi – both stretching out on an album-length performance that stands up to anything the European Free jazz scene was offering at the time! Togashi is amazing on the kit – very ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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✨✧ Hitomi Penny TohyamaSexy Robot ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
There's a sexy robot pictured on the cover, but the real guiding force of this sweet little set might be producer Hikaru Flash Kanematsu – who we can always thank for adding a bit more groove to the mix! The set was issued in Japan, but has a tight 80s soul groove that's like some of the ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Ryusei TomoyoseDah Nah ... LP
Union/Lawson (Japan), New Copy (reissue)... $43.99 49.99 About March 6, 2024
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✨✧ Carlos Toshiki & Omega DriveNatsuko (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner/Lawson (Japan), 1990. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The final album from Carlos Toshiki and the Omega Tribe group – a late bit of city pop from a late incarnation of a Japanese pop act with roots that go back to the 70s! The vocals are nicely soulful, but never overdone – and the set features arrangements from Hiroshi Shinkawa that ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ TranzamFunky Steps ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
There's plenty of funky steps here, thanks to a lean 70s fusion groove – served up by a Japanese combo who are heavy on keyboards and guitar! There's almost a CTI-like vibe to the record at times, especially as the rhythms are nice and spacious, and avoid any of the full-on fusion modes that ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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✨✧ Junko YagamiCommunication (purple vinyl pressing) ... LP
Moon/Lawson (Japan), 1985. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Excellent work from Junky Yagami – definitely one of the more soulful singers of the 80s city pop generation, thanks in part to production work from frequent musical partner JJ Stanley! Stanley gives the record lots of electro soul modes in the backings – working with great ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Masao YagiInga ... LP
King/Lawson (Japan), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Great 70s work from Japanese pianist Masao Yagui – a set that's got some fusion elements, but which also holds onto some of his earlier modern energies as well! The lineup here is relatively large – with Yagui on piano and keyboards, plus Akira Miyazawa on tenor, Shigeo Suziki on alto, ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Mabumi YamaguchiLeeward ... LP
Union/Lawson (Japan), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 49.99
Spare sounds, but beautifully woven together – all in service of these lovely long tracks that really highlight the soulful side of reedman Mabumi Yamaguchi! Each number here takes up half the side of a record – there's only four tracks in all – and Yamaguchi plays these slow-buil ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the excellent Deep Jazz Reality series – excellent Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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✨✧ Mai YamaneTasogare (white vinyl pressing) (2023 Japan Record Day release) ... LP
Teichiku/Lawson (Japan), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A standout early hit from Mai Yamane – a singer who's also known for her work in Cowboy Bebop, but who's clearly a superstar in the spotlight on her own! There's an easygoing groove to the record that's sly and slightly funky at the best spots – arranged by guitarist Makoto Matsushita, ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Kiyoshi YamayaKyo ... LP
Denon/Lawson (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 49.99
A really cool record from the Japanese scene of the 70s – one that mixes traditional instrumentation with some high fidelity recording styles – then adds in just the right dash of contemporary elements too! The set's not as all-out funky as others like it from the time, but does rise ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kazumi YasuiSora Ni Ichiban Chikai Kanashimi ... LP
Philips/Lawson (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really unique record from one of the most unique singers in the Japanese scene of the early 70s – an artist with a spare, subtle sense of drama that's really carried through here – as the record features more spoken than sung passages overall, but with a dreamy vibe that's very much ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Kazumi YasuiYasui Kazumi No Eru – Pi Zu Zu ... LP
Polydor/Lawson (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $42.99 58.99
A really lovely little record from Japan – one that's got some slight elements of bossa nova in the backings, but also some European elements too – with a moody vibe that's really wonderful, and very much in keeping from the image on the cover! There's a strong current of melancholy ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – heavy cover and obi!)

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Ann Young & Yuji Ohno TrioAs Well Be Spring ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99 49.99
A lovely set of 70s jazz vocals – recorded by American singer Ann Young, with backing by a Japanese combo led by pianist Yuji Ohno! The sound is pretty darn soulful – tracks that range from modal groovers to mellow ballads, all sung by Ann with a really rich vocal approach, and backed ... (Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Ann Young with Yuji Ohno TrioSpeak Low/On Green Dolphin Street (2024 Record Store Day Release) ... 7-inch
Lawson (Japan), New Copy (pic cover)... On April 20, 2024
(Note: This item is not for sale online until 7:00am on Sunday, April 21. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning of Saturday, April 20. It will not be ... (Funky 45's) read more 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousWhat A Wonderful World With Original Love ... LP
Wonderful World/Lawson (Japan), 2023. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A mighty nice set of tracks from the contemporary Japanese scene – a tribute to years of great work by the Wonderful World label, served up here in a mix of covers and unusual tunes done just for the project! Styles cover a nice range – there's some jazzy bits, clubby moments, and ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousWhere, Who, What Is Petrolz? ... LP
Lawson (Japan), 2023. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A cool collection of contemporary work from Japan – a collection of different artists all put together in a wonderful blend of clubby cuts, soulful moments, and plenty of other surprises in between! The project is a celebration of the group Petrolz, but the music within is very different ... (Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
 
 



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