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Jazz in post-war Japan | Stephen Jones: a weblog


Toshiko
Toshiko Akiyoshi, 1978. Supply: wiki.

With jazz and Japan each the topic of many posts on this weblog, it’s taken me a very long time to clock jazz in Japan (“Like, hiya?”)—alerted by a Guardian article (see additionally wiki).

Like WAM, the recordings and excursions of the nice jazzers have lengthy had a faithful following in Japan. However as American tradition grew to become in demand within the aftermath of the Japanese defeat in World Conflict Two, many high-quality musicians moved from mimicry to creating their very own sound. For us, figuring out the place they arrive from (and even “are coming from”…), it could be tempting to hunt a Japanese aesthetic within the music, such because the idea of ma “area” (see underneath Takemitsu) in Noh drama, or the inevitable Zen vibe. Regardless of all that, my little playlist beneath has some spectacular sounds—and there’s extra to discover by way of the J Jazz reissues.

Toshiko Akiyoshi (b.1929) is the grande-dame of Japanese jazz pianists, nonetheless going robust in her 90s. “Found” in 1952 by Oscar Peterson, from 1973, now based mostly within the States, she went on to type a giant band together with her husband Lew Tabackin. Click on right here for a lot of playlists. Right here’s Kyo-shu (Nostalgia), from The Toshiko trio, 1956:

Kids within the temple floor, from the album Lengthy yellow highway (1974):

Kogun, from Street time (1976):

On sax, Koichi Matsukaze: On the room 427 (dwell, 1975—together with an imaginative model of Lover man):

and Earth mom (1978):

Additionally on sax, Sadao Watanabe (b.1933), Orange specific (1981):

Masabumi Kikuchi (1939–2015, piano), East wind (1974):

On trumpet, Terumasa Hino (b.1942)—Love nature (1971):

and Journey into my thoughts (1973):

Kohsuke Mine (sax), Mine (1970):

Tohru Aizawa
Tohru Aizawa together with his band. Supply: Guardian.

The Tohru Aizawa Quartet with their album Tachibana (1975):

Masahiko Satoh (b.1941, piano), Metempsychosis (1971)—with the astounding Stomu Yamash’ta:

and Edo Gigaku (2011):

See additionally Hiromi—amongst my roundup of posts on Japanese tradition. My jazz medley consists of not solely the Golden Age (Billie, Miles, Trane, and so forth) and newer figures, but in addition some nice jazz from Poland (whose personal vibrant post-war scene jogs my memory of Japan) and Ethiopia, in addition to notes on Istanbul and Shanghai.

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