Genre: Jazz
Label: BBE
Size: 12"
Format: 45RPM,


Kohsuke Mine First 45rpm 2LP

Kohsuke Mine

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45rpm Double LP Pressed At Pallas in Germany!
Part Of The J Jazz Masterclass Series!
Vinyl Cut By Grammy-Nominated Carvery Studio!
First Time On Vinyl Since 1970!

BBE Music present the latest in the acclaimed J Jazz Masterclass Series: Kohsuke Mine First, the debut album by one of the leading artists in the new wave of modern jazz that swept Japan in the late 60s and early 70s. First epitomizes the shifting sound of the Japanese modern jazz scene of the time, characterized by rich textures and tones, kinetic rhythms, punctuated by urgent, angular melody lines.

Reissued for the first time since original 1970 release, Mine is joined by master keyboard player Masabumi Kikuchi on electric piano, and two American players - bassist Larry Ridley and drummer Lenny McBrowne - to deliver one of the strongest debuts in the J Jazz canon. First announced the arrival of a serious talent, one who was to be a hugely influential figure in the Japanese jazz scene across the decade that followed and beyond. First established an artist who built a reputation for standout albums spanning spiritual jazz, post-bop, modal and funk-fusion. All of that started here, on this exemplary album.

The vinyl edition is presented as a double album, cut at 45rpm by the Grammy-nominated Carvery, with full original reproduction artwork, including obi strip. Vinyl comes with a 4500 word sleeve note and interview with Kohsuke Mine by Tony Higgins, plus artist portraits by Shigeru Uchiyama. J Jazz Masterclass Series is curated by Tony Higgins and Mike Peden for BBE Music.

Part of BBE Music's J Jazz Masterclass Series, exploring the finest Japanese jazz music from the '60s and '70s.

First is the sound of breaking away from old ways in favor of a daring new future. Sure, it feels like an organic jazz LP - a layman would have no difficulty identifying the genre and its typical instruments. But the rich textures, experimental arrangements, and elongated solos predicted the inventiveness to come: Japan's jazz was about to get bolder and more intense. First arrived at the intersection between traditional and unfamiliar, mannerly and chaotic.
-Dean Van Nguyen, Pitchfork, 8.1/10


  • Double LP
  • 45rpm
  • Part Of The J Jazz Masterclass Series
  • Cut By Carvery
  • Pressed by Pallas Group in Germany
  • Gatefold jacket
  • Fully Reproduced Original Artwork
  • OBI Strip
  • 4500-Word Sleeve Note
  • Interview With Kohsuke Mine
  • Artist Portraits by Shigeru Uchiyama


Kohsuke Mine saxophone
Masabumi Kikuchi electric piano
Larry Ridley bass
Lenny McBrowne drums


Side 1:

  1. Morning Tide

Side 2:

  1. Love Talken
  2. Straight No Chaser

Side 3:

  1. McPhee

Side 4:

  1. Little Abbi
  2. Bar 'L' Len

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