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J Jazz Volume 3: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-1983

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J Jazz Volume 3: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-1983

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The liner notes for the latest in BBE’s ‘J Jazz’ series underline the knowledge and passion compilers Tony Higgins and Mike Peden have for Japanese jazz. This third instalment brings together rare recorded live performances, Yasuhiro Kohno Trio’s dramatic ‘Song Of Island’, Hideyasu Terakawa Quartet’s flowing ‘Black Nile’, with studio tracks from some of the era’s pivotal figures. Venturing from far-out experimentation, Koichi Matsukaze Trio’s ‘Acoustic Chicken’ is so called, we imagine, because of the sax trills that ride its strutting double-bass, to deeply immersive listening, Aki Takase Trio’s ‘Song For Hope’ swelling with the sentiment of the title. It even touches on the dancefloor, Shigeharu Mukai’s ‘Cumulonimbus‘ a joyous, guitar- licked samba. If you like what you hear, BBE’s J Jazz Masterclass Series is reissuing some of the albums sampled here. JOE ROBERTS