A double-length look at the legendary Johnny
label from Japan – and important indie that forged new ground for jazz at the end of the 70s, and also opened the way towards lot of creative experimentation for years to come! Johnny
's wasn't just a jazz label, though – and instead it echoed some of the genre-crossing modes that were also taking place in other Japanese scenes at the start of the 80s – styles that are really emphasized here on CD 2, which is titled "Under Ground" – in contrast to the "Jazz Ground" of CD 1! The modes on CD 2 are a mix of avant rock, jazz improvisation, and other modes – sometimes playful, sometimes dark – and the styles on CD 1 are often warmer, and represent a strong Johnny
contribution to the warm piano trio modes of 70s Japan. 23 tracks in all – with work by Lee Won Hui, Sonoda Mayumi, Ktayama Mitsuaki, Nakayama Eiji, Kingkong Paradise, Sakamoto Teru, Itakura Katsuyki, Kondo Kouji, Miyoshi Youji,Terui Ken & Aterui Jazz Gakudan, Oguri Hitoshi, and Hayasaka Koukou.
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)