Disco grooves from a source you might not expect – the Japanese scene of the 70s, which was home to a surprisingly strong array of records that were perfect for the clubs! In retrospect, maybe the music's not such a surprise – given that 70s Japan was also a hotbed of electric fusion, ... (Funky Compilations, Japanese)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blazing 60s & 70s string-shredding mastery from Japan's great guitar instrumentals guru Takeshi Terauchi – whose playing matches the greatest 50s & 60s rock guitar gurus in both dexterous ability and pulpy mood setting! Takeshi put his own unique spin on the chugging styles of the ... (Rock, Japanese)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Towa Tei —
Touch ... LP Columbia (Japan), 2023. New Copy ...
Really wonderful work from Towa Tei – an artist who's lost none of the charms that first made us fall in love with him when he was a member of Deee Lite! As with his earlier solo material, this set's got a wonderful combination of sounds, samples, and styles – that quality that has ... (New Grooves, Japanese)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)
Masahiko Sato with Toshiyuki Miyama & His New Herd —
Yamataifu ... LP Toshiba/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Stunning sounds from the Japanese jazz scene of the 70s – one of those key records that show how the scene was really moving forward with older jazz formats, and definitely finding new voices and styles in the process! The New Herd group here has nothing to do with older American big bands ... (Jazz, Japanese)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing, with obi!)
Takeru Muraoka & Takao Uematsu —
Ride & Tie ... LP Express/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
Funky, fuzzy, and outta site – a really wonderful set of extended psychedelic jazz numbers from twin tenorists Takeru Muraoka and Takao Uematsu! The set's billed as a live tenor "battle" on the cover – but it's hardly the sort of record that you'd hear from American players ... (Jazz, Japanese)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Yazuaki Shimizu —
Kiren ... LP Palto Flats, 1984. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A really unusual album from the Japanese scene of the 80s – a set that was unissued at the time, but which is right in line with the other groundbreaking music of Yazuaki Shimizu! At some level, there's echoes of the instrumental experiments of Ryuichi Sakamoto going on here – but at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great mixture of organic ideas and electric sounds from Japanese pioneer Hiroshi Yoshimura – a set that follows the cycle of "green" through a progression of really lovely little instrumentals – somewhere between the minimalist experiments of Brian Eno in the late 70s, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green vinyl pressing.)
Akira Inoue Consort —
Issimbow ... CD Chapter One (Japan), 2009. Used ...
Akira Inoue on keyboards, Aska Kaneko on violin, Takuo Yamamoto on woodwinds, Mataro on percussion, and Hirokazu Ogura on guitars. CD
A fantastic document of the lost funk legacy of 70s Japan – music that's often different than the jazz and pop work of the decade that sees greater reissue, and which shows a very strong influence from the American scene! The rhythms here are wonderful – sometimes in the best funky ... (Funky Compilations, Japanese)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic dip into the world of Japanese funk during the 70s – a great place to start if you don't want to slap down big money for expensive imports – and a set that's also got a fair bit of obscure numbers in the lineup, even if you have some of the material from this time! The ... (Funky Compilations, Japanese)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An essential collection of work from the Japanese scene of the 70s – as set that really gets at the "something special" that made jazz from this generation so unique! Japanese musicians were early adopters of American modes – and the scene had great bop recordings from the ... (Funky Compilations, Japanese)read moreLP, Vinyl record album