With J Jazz Volume 4, the BBE J Jazz Bullet Train continues its journey traversing the expansive landscape of modern Japanese jazz.
Volume 4 is the latest in the universally praised compilation series exploring the best, rarest and most innovative jazz to emerge from the Far East. Please take your seats for a first-class ticket to J Jazz central. This latest station stop off is with the famed Nippon Columbia label, one of the biggest labels in Japan, whose jazz output embraces every possible style imaginable. Focusing on the key years 1968-1981, J Jazz Volume 4 sees compilers Tony Higgins and Mike Peden dig even deeper into their record collections and pull out tracks that span styles ranging from solo to big band, jazz classical interpretations and heavy jazz rock, to febrile post-bop, white hot samba fusion, and modal psychedelic wig-outs.
J Jazz Volume 4 features icons such as drum master Takeo Moriyama, keyboard magi Hiromasa Suzuki and Masahiko Satoh, and guitar wizards Kazumi Watanabe and Kiyoshi Sugimoto, alongside big band maestros and innovators Nobuo Hara and his Sharps and Flats, and Toshiyuki Miyama's New Herd. Thunderous basslines nestle alongside glistening runs of electric piano, bubbling synths and air-tight drumming as the heavy psychedelic modal blues of Jiro Inagaki flows with the infectious samba grooves of Takashi Mizuhashi featuring Herbie Hancock, and Mikio Masuda's driving keyboard rhythms brings the heat to an incendiary dancefloor zone.
With 7,000 words of extensive sleeve notes, J Jazz Vol 4 comes in a triple 180g vinyl set inside a deluxe gatefold sleeve with obi strip plus a 4 page insert. Mastered at the Grammy-nominated Carvery Studio by Frank Merritt, this latest collection is a worthy successor to the preceding three volumes that have set the bar so high. J Jazz is curated for BBE Music by Tony Higgins and Mike Peden.
- 180g Vinyl
- Curated by Tony Higgins & Mike Peden
- Sourced from the Master Tapes
- Mastered by Frank Merritt at the Carvery Studio
- Deluxe Gatefold Sleeve with OBI Strip
- 4-Page Insert
- Extensive Sleeve Notes
- Made in Germany
- Exchange – Takeo Moriyama
- The Ground For Peace – Jiro Inagaki & His Soul Media
- Chakkiri-Bushi – Nobuo Hara & His Sharps & Flats, Hozan Yamamoto
- Trial Road – Tomoki Takahashi
- A Muddy Muffin – Masahiko Satoh
- Samba De Negrito – Takashi Mizuhashi & Herbie Hancock
- Scramble – Hiromasa Suzuki
- Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun – Nobuo Hara & His Sharps & Flats
- Toppu – Shigeharu Mukai
- Ogi Denju-shiki – Toshiyuki Miyama & His New Herd
- Jones Street – Kiyoshi Sugimoto
- Mickey's Samba – Mikio Masuda
- By The Red Stream – Hiromasa Suzuki, Jiro Inagaki & His Big Soul Media
- Kaleidoscope (Edit) – Mickie Yoshino & Kazumi Watanabe