01. Koichi Matsukaze Trio – Earth Mother
02. Tohru Aizawa Quartet – Dead Letter
03. Eiji Nakayama – Aya’s Samba
04. Takao Uematsu – White Fire
05. Shintaro Quintet – A Blind Man
06. Mitsuaki Katayama – Unknown Point
07. Takeo Moriyama – Kaze
08. Terumasa Hino – Ode to Workman
09. Fumio Karashima – Little Island
10. Kiyoshi Sugimoto – Long Neal
Various Artists – J-Jazz – Deep Modern Jazz from Japan 1969-1984
In the years following the World War Two, Japan developed one of the most insatiable, dynamic and diverse markets for jazz. For a crucial period of little over a decade – from the late 1960s to the early 1980s – Japanese jazz culture progressed at an astonishing rate, producing an extraordinary array of artists, recordings and record labels that created some of the most forward thinking and impressive jazz to be committed to tape. This amazing journey is explored on ‘J Jazz’.
This compilation from BBE uncovers some of the most sought after and rare material from this period and pulls together key artists who shaped the postwar modern jazz scene in Japan. ‘J Jazz’ includes obscure and sought after rarities like the bass-driven power jazz of Koichi Matsukaze’s ‘Earth Mother’, the holy grail rarity of Aizawa Tohru Quartet’s ‘Dead Letter’ and the loping majesty of Takeo Moriyama’s ‘North Wind’.