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VariousSongs And Sounds Of The Orient ... LP
Japan Air Lines, 1966. Very Good Gatefold ... $1.99
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(Includes the insert.)
 
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Timmy ThomasMagician (with bonus track) ... CD
Glades/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
Timmy Thomas has always been a magician with his music – one of the first cats to really make the spare sound of a drum machine work in soul music, and a singer with a wonderful ability to make sweet little melodies appear out of thin air! Here, Thomas ups his game with some slightly fuller arrangements than before – this wonderfully warm Miami soul groove that's served up with help from producer Willie Clarke and arranger Mike Lewis – all in this blend of electric touches and bubblingly rhythmic grooves! The track's got a wonderful remake of "Why Can't We Live Together" – titled "Stone To The Bone", and mostly an instrumental with lots of sweet keyboard lines from Timmy! Other tracks are great, too – and have a nicely funky vibe, and some of the hippest arrangements you'll find at TK Records at the time. Titles include "Don't Put It Down", "Make Peace With Yourself", "Watch It For Dudley Dorite", "Let My People Go", "Running Out Of Time", and "Show Me Tenderness". CD features the bonus track "Freak In Freak Out" CD
 
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✨✧ VariousJ Jazz – Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969 to 1984 (3LP set) ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Mindblowing jazz from Japan – a tremendous introduction to the 70s scene in Tokyo if you've never heard this music at all – and a package that also includes a fair bit of rare tracks, even if you're not a newcomer! The Japanese love of American jazz is no secret – and the music was spread widely there by American forces after WWII – but during the 70s, something really special happened, and the scene found a voice that was all its own – exploding with new energy to create sounds that were soulful, spiritual, and powerfully poetic! By the end of the 70s, Japanese fusion would get more global exposure – but most of the tracks here are acoustic, save for Fender Rhodes lines – and feature completely inventive, imaginative sounds – often set to grooves that are modal and spiritual too. A fantastic collection throughout – with tracks that include "Blind Man" by Shintaro Quintet, "White Fire" by Takao Uematsu, "Aya's Samba" by Eiji Nakayama, "Earth Mother" by Koichi Matsukaze, "Dead Letter" by Tohru Aizawa, "Kaze" by Takeo Moriyama, "Long Neal" by Kiyoshi Sugimoto, "Unknown Point" by Mitsuaki Katayama, and "Little Island" by Fumio Karashima. 3LP set features bonus tracks – "Sea Breeze" by George Otsuka and "Ode To Workman" by Terumasa Hino and Reggie Workman. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousJ Jazz – Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969 to 1984 ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Mindblowing jazz from Japan – a tremendous introduction to the 70s scene in Tokyo if you've never heard this music at all – and a package that also includes a fair bit of rare tracks, even if you're not a newcomer! The Japanese love of American jazz is no secret – and the music was spread widely there by American forces after WWII – but during the 70s, something really special happened, and the scene found a voice that was all its own – exploding with new energy to create sounds that were soulful, spiritual, and powerfully poetic! By the end of the 70s, Japanese fusion would get more global exposure – but most of the tracks here are acoustic, save for Fender Rhodes lines – and feature completely inventive, imaginative sounds – often set to grooves that are modal and spiritual too. A fantastic collection throughout – with tracks that include "Blind Man" by Shintaro Quintet, "White Fire" by Takao Uematsu, "Aya's Samba" by Eiji Nakayama, "Earth Mother" by Koichi Matsukaze, "Dead Letter" by Tohru Aizawa, "Kaze" by Takeo Moriyama, "Long Neal" by Kiyoshi Sugimoto, "Unknown Point" by Mitsuaki Katayama, and "Little Island" by Fumio Karashima. CD

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Terumasa HinoTrans-Blue ... LP
Sony (Japan), 1984. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Terumasa Hino's looking a bit cheesy on the cover of this one – but the record's hardly the slick 80s affair you might expect – and instead is a great session of ballads and more gentle numbers, recorded in the US with full string backings and a warmly sensitive approach to the music! There's a depth here that goes beyond most of Hino's other work of the decade – an approach to the tunes that reminds us a bit of Art Farmer or Freddie Hubbard in a similar setting – with warmly lyrical lines undercut with a slight hint of sadness – that "blue" reference in the title and cover image. Hino plays cornet with a core group that includes Jim Hall on guitar, Kenny Kirkland on piano, Eddie Gomez on bass, and Grady Tate on drums – plus a bit of vocals – and strings are arranged by David Nadian. Titles include "Greensleeves", "Black Orpheus", "Alone Alone & Alone", "Nature Boy", and "Lush Life". LP, Vinyl record album

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Takehiro HondaT Honda Meets Rhythm Section – Featuring S Watanabe ... LP
Trio (Japan), 1969. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A fantastic pairing of two key Japanese talents of the late 60s – pianist Takehiro Honda and reedman Sadao Watanabe – both of whom come together here on a record that's one of their most soulful of the time! Honda's clearly drinking deep from the soul jazz modes of Ramsey Lewis, Les McCann, and Ray Bryant – and really makes the tunes move with a strongly rhythmic vibe on his left hand, which is amplified by the round basslines and tight drums in the combo – working with a well-crafted groove that would be right at home on an American label like Chess or Prestige at the time. Watanabe blows with a very soulful vibe, too – even more than on his own records on Takt – and while he's not on every track, his presence here is really wonderful. Titles include "Quiet Sea", "Stella By Starlight", "Minton Blues", "Hey Jude", and "Ain't Tell You A Good Way But". LP, Vinyl record album
(Non-gatefold pressing. Cover has some very light wear, but is nice overall.)

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Michel Legrand & Stephane GrappelliLegrand/Grappelli ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $18.99
A beautiful pairing of Michel Legrand and Stephane Grappelli – two of France's most sensitive jazz musicians ever, sounding really wonderful here in the company of each other! The set features Grappelli's violin and Legrand's lead piano – amidst some larger orchestrations put together by Michel, who also produced the set – all with that great balance of swing and sentiment that always makes his music so wonderful. Grappelli's gliding lines add a nice degree of lightness – especially when contrasted with the fuller string section – and titles include "Mon Homme", "Revoir Paris", "Theme From Summer Of 42", "Les Feuilles Mortes", "Parlez-Moi D'Amour", "Nuages", and "Milou En Mai". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Ryuichi SakamotoThousand Knives Of Ryuichi Sakamoto ... CD
Better Days/We Want Sounds (France), 1978. New Copy ... $18.99
An early moment of genius from Ryuichi Sakamoto – the solo start of a fantastic legacy of electronic music, and a record that's still one of our real go-to discs from his mighty large catalog! The record is a great break from some other, earlier modes of Japanese experimentation – maybe leaner and less long-haired, but also with a sense of wit too – one that's subtle, and never gets in the way with too many simplistic tricks or jokes – but which also really gives the sonic experimentation of the album a nicely down-to-earth sort of vibe. Sakamoto plays a host of keyboards – moogs, Korgs, and others – and the record features slight contributions from some key contemporaries – a mix of guitar lines, percussion, and other elements. Titles include "The End Of Asia", "Plastic Bamboo", "Thousand Knives", "Island Of Woods", "Grasshoppers", and "Das Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied". CD
Also available Thousand Knives Of Ryuichi Sakamoto ... LP 26.99

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Ryuichi SakamotoThousand Knives Of Ryuichi Sakamoto ... LP
Better Days/We Want Sounds (France), 1978. New Copy ... $26.99
An early moment of genius from Ryuichi Sakamoto – the solo start of a fantastic legacy of electronic music, and a record that's still one of our real go-to discs from his mighty large catalog! The record is a great break from some other, earlier modes of Japanese experimentation – maybe leaner and less long-haired, but also with a sense of wit too – one that's subtle, and never gets in the way with too many simplistic tricks or jokes – but which also really gives the sonic experimentation of the album a nicely down-to-earth sort of vibe. Sakamoto plays a host of keyboards – moogs, Korgs, and others – and the record features slight contributions from some key contemporaries – a mix of guitar lines, percussion, and other elements. Titles include "The End Of Asia", "Plastic Bamboo", "Thousand Knives", "Island Of Woods", "Grasshoppers", and "Das Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Thousand Knives Of Ryuichi Sakamoto ... CD 18.99

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✨✧ Michel Petrucciani/Jim Hall/Wayne ShorterPower Of Three ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A key moment in the career of pianist Michel Petrucciani – and a set that features an amazing collaboration with guitarist Jim Hall, and a fair bit of great tenor and soprano sax from Wayne Shorter too! Hall's guitar is heard on every track on the set – ringing out in those wonderfully spare, openly flowing notes he first started crafting in the 50s – a surprisingly wonderful counterpart to the piano of Petrucciani, which seems to take on an even more sensitive and evocative feel for the date. Shorter comes in on a few of the album's tracks – arcing great lines over the colors of the pair, in a way that's a bit like some of the Jimmy Giuffre experiments with Hall in the 50s – but more tuned towards Shorter's own sense of tone and timing. Titles include "Careful", "Bimini", "Morning Blues", "Limbo", and "Waltz New". CD
(2013 SHM-CD pressing.)

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✨✧ Hidefumi TokiBlack Eyes ... CD
Days Of Delight (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hidefumi Toki was one of our favorite Japanese saxophonists back in the 70s – and here, he returns to the fold with an album that has all the edge and soul of some of his best records from back in the day! Toki always had a way of balancing straight lines with sharper elements – and that quality is maybe even more firmly in place here than on his Three Blind Mice material – swung by a younger group of players that includes Hikari Ichihara on trumpet, Mayuko Katakura on piano, Yasuhiko Hachi Sato on bass, and Shinkgo Okudaira on drums – but with all these beautifully dark lines from the leader – much darker than we're used to hearing on the alto sax from most musicians. All tunes are originals by Toki, and titles include "Picasso's Holiday", "Lady Traveler", "Little Phoenix", "C Minor", "845", and "Black Eyes". CD

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✨✧ Takehiro Honda with Sadao WatanabeTakehiro Honda Meets Rhythm Section Featuring Sadao Watanabe ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic pairing of two key Japanese talents of the late 60s – pianist Takehiro Honda and reedman Sadao Watanabe – both of whom come together here on a record that's one of their most soulful of the time! Honda's clearly drinking deep from the soul jazz modes of Ramsey Lewis, Les McCann, and Ray Bryant – and really makes the tunes move with a strongly rhythmic vibe on his left hand, which is amplified by the round basslines and tight drums in the combo – working with a well-crafted groove that would be right at home on an American label like Chess or Prestige at the time. Watanabe blows with a very soulful vibe, too – even more than on his own records on Takt – and while he's not on every track, his presence here is really wonderful. Titles include "Quiet Sea", "Stella By Starlight", "Minton Blues", "Hey Jude", and "Ain't Tell You A Good Way But". CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 1960. Used ... $6.99
They're not kidding with the title of this one – because although the record was only Wes Montgomery's second album as a leader, he was already making plenty of waves with the sound of his guitar! The session lines Wes up with the very tight rhythm team of Tommy Flanagan on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Albert Heath on drums – all of whom lay back and mostly let Wes take center stage – sparkling on a number of original tunes that include "West Coast Blues", "Mister Walker", and "D Natural Blues". Other tracks include a great fast take on Sonny Rollins' "Airegin", plus "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "Polka Dots & Moonbeams". CD
(80s Japanese pressing.)
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Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (20 bit remaster) ... CD 6.99
Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (Japanese pressing) ... CD 9.99

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Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Riverside/Victor (Japan), 1960. Used ... $9.99
They're not kidding with the title of this one – because although the record was only Wes Montgomery's second album as a leader, he was already making plenty of waves with the sound of his guitar! The session lines Wes up with the very tight rhythm team of Tommy Flanagan on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Albert Heath on drums – all of whom lay back and mostly let Wes take center stage – sparkling on a number of original tunes that include "West Coast Blues", "Mister Walker", and "D Natural Blues". Other tracks include a great fast take on Sonny Rollins' "Airegin", plus "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "Polka Dots & Moonbeams". CD
Also available
Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (Japanese pressing) ... CD 6.99
Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (20 bit remaster) ... CD 6.99

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John AbercrombieArcade ... CD
ECM (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $19.99
A record full of rich tones and cascadingly lyrical lines – and a set that features the wonderful pairing of John Abercrombie's guitar and the piano of Richie Beirach! Beirach seems to ground Abercrombie even more than usual – still letting John have those atmospheric qualities in his notes, but with a sense of flow and focus that we really appreciate – energy that might also come from the work of George Mraz on bass, and Peter Donald on drums. Tunes are simple and elegant, but say a hell of a lot with a little – and the album's maybe as perfect a summation of the ECM approach to guitar at its best as some of the early Pat Metheny albums. Titles include "Arcade", "Nightlake", "Neptune", "Alchemy", and "Paramour". CD
(Ultimate HQ CD pressing – part of the ECM 50 series!)

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✨✧ Hozan Yamamoto & Sharps & FlatsBeautiful Bamboo Flute ... CD
Victor/Mr Bongo (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $10.99 11.98
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 wonderful – a bit more upbeat and swinging than some of Yamamoto's other records, as Nobuo Hara leads the larger group with a totally cool sound – which makes the flute lines a sweet exotic touch over straightforward, soul-drenched, big band jazz! We might even link the sound to some of Dorothy Ashby's grooviest albums for Chess/Cadet – although with flute, instead of harp – and titles include "Komoro Mago-Uta", "Soma Bon-Uta", "Kokirio Bushi", "Sado Okesa", "Tairyo Utaikomi", and "Kuroda-Bushi". CD
Also available Beautiful Bamboo Flute ... LP 20.99

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✨✧ Hozan Yamamoto & Sharps & FlatsBeautiful Bamboo Flute ... LP
Victor/Mr Bongo (UK), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $20.99 21.98
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 wonderful – a bit more upbeat and swinging than some of Yamamoto's other records, as Nobuo Hara leads the larger group with a totally cool sound – which makes the flute lines a sweet exotic touch over straightforward, soul-drenched, big band jazz! We might even link the sound to some of Dorothy Ashby's grooviest albums for Chess/Cadet – although with flute, instead of harp – and titles include "Komoro Mago-Uta", "Soma Bon-Uta", "Kokirio Bushi", "Sado Okesa", "Tairyo Utaikomi", and "Kuroda-Bushi". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Beautiful Bamboo Flute ... CD 10.99

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✨✧ Bill EvansBill Evans Trio – Live October 28th, 1966 – Norway – The Oslo Concerts ... CD
Somethin Cool (Japan), 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful live performance from Bill Evans – captured here in a mid 60s stretch when he was really opening up, and hitting a new sort of flow – thanks in part to a budding relationship with the great bassist Eddie Gomez! Gomez is a key part of the album's strength here – finding a way to ring out with these lines that are crucial to the groove, but which always seem specially tuned to the sensitive side of Evans on the keys – a magical pairing that's already great here, and only gets better and better as the years go on. Alex Riel is on nicely subtle drums – so subtle, there's plenty of space to just rapturously focus on Gomez and Evans – and titles include "Nardis", "Five", "Very Early", "Time Remembered", "Autumn Leaves", and "Stella By Starlight". CD

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✨✧ Pedro Iturralde with Paco DeLuciaFlamenco Jazz ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1967. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Really wonderful stuff – and a record that may well be even better than the previous flamenco jazz albums cut by Paco DeLucia and Petro Iturralde in Spain! This set is part of a key late 60s moment when the MPS label was experimenting with a blend of jazz and sounds from around the globe – and it's got a really open, freewheeling sound – and an even better realization of the ideas the pair had worked on previously. Tenorist Pedro Iturralde is stunning – opening up in these long Coltrane-like lines that are some of the best we've ever heard from him – and the rhythm section is wonderful, too – very modal, with bold lines from Paul Grassl on piano, Erich Peter on bass, and Paul Grassl on drums. Trombonist Dino Piana is also in the group – deepening up the sound – and the music parts at magical moments to allow for some rich guitar passages from the great Paco DeLucia – very young here, and filled with fire. Titles include "El Vito", "Valeta De Tu Viento", and "Cancion Del Fuego Fatuo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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✨✧ JR MonteroseTTT ... CD
Storyville (Japan), 1988. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great later date from tenor genius JR Monterose – a set that's deceptively simple at the outset, but which has JR playing with all of those wonderfully sharp lines and well-chosen phrases of earlier years! Monterose is a real unsung talent on his instrument – a player who never went too far out on most recordings, but managed to pack an incredible amount of ideas into each solo – a bit like Sonny Rollins at his most inventive, but with a raspier tone that's got to be heard to be fully appreciated. This set features Monterose continuing his genius in a live setting – working in a Danish club in 1988 with a quartet that includes Hod O'Brien on piano, Guffy Pallesen on bass, and Jesper Elen on drums. The titles are all familiar ones, but the solos are the sort of thing that make you fully appreciate jazz at its best – the kind of phrasing, timing, and tone that true giants like Monterose bring to their best work. Tracks include "All The Things You Are", "What's New", "Central Park West", "Airegin", and "You Don't Know What Love Is". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Bill EvansBill Evans Trio – Live October 28th, 1966 – Norway – The Oslo Concerts ... LP
Somethin Cool (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful live performance from Bill Evans – captured here in a mid 60s stretch when he was really opening up, and hitting a new sort of flow – thanks in part to a budding relationship with the great bassist Eddie Gomez! Gomez is a key part of the album's strength here – finding a way to ring out with these lines that are crucial to the groove, but which always seem specially tuned to the sensitive side of Evans on the keys – a magical pairing that's already great here, and only gets better and better as the years go on. Alex Riel is on nicely subtle drums – so subtle, there's plenty of space to just rapturously focus on Gomez and Evans – and titles include "Nardis", "Five", "Very Early", "Time Remembered", "Autumn Leaves", and "Stella By Starlight". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ ShalamarHeartbreak (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Very catchy work from Shalamar – a trio who were one of the most hit-oriented acts in the Solar Records stable – but who really hit their crossover heights on this mid 80s set! The group draw heavily on rock and pop modes for the beats and basslines of the set – making that sort of shift that Deniece Williams and some other contemporaries were hitting at the time – maybe inspired a bit by the success of Thriller, or just following their own muse in search of a way to update their sound! Titles include "Amnesia", "Dancing In The Sheets", "Don't Get Stopped In Beverly Hills", "Melody (An Erotic Affair)", "My Girl Loves Me", "Deceiver", and "Whenever You Need Me". CD features bonus tracks – "Dancing In The Streets (12" Jellybean rmx)", "Don't Get Stopped In Beverly Hills (12" special mix)", "My Girl Loves Me (12" ext rmx)", "Amnesia (12" edit)", and "Dancing In The Sheets (inst)". CD
(Part of the Solar Records Original Master Colleciton series!)

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✨✧ Celso MuriloMr Ritmo ... CD
Pawal/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very groovy set from keyboardist Celso Murilo – a 60s album of organ and piano instrumentals with a really cool groove! The record follows in the best tradition of small combo bossa sessions – mixing together a strongly rhythmic approach that includes percussion by the great Rubens Bassini, plus backing on trumpet, flute, and timbales – all set to the pace of Murilo's sweet lines on the keys! The style's more expansive than 60s work by Walter Wanderley or Ed Lincoln – more open to influences from American Latin music, in addition to the core samba and bossa sounds that inform the work. The whole thing's great – a driving, lively little set that's a delight throughout! Titles include "Rosa Morena", "Ritmo Sabroso", "Cha Cha Celso", "Paul Pereira", "Los Marcianos", "Chorou Chorou", and "Rico Vacilon". CD
(Part of the Brasilian Music Love Affair series!)
 
 
 



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