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emotionless_teenage 2011-02-14 08:42

anyone into Japanese Jazz?

i currently listened to Kobayashi Kaori,anime that jazz and Hiromi's sonicbloom,as well as some Jazz(or Jazz-like) Japanese song(such as Shiki no Uta from minmi,or Tamashii no Rufuran ~Aqua groove mix by hayashibara megumi)

anyone else got their soft spot for J-Jazz?

thefeared 2011-02-19 00:37

I do.

Paris Match is one of my favorite artists of all time. Check them out.

Jof12788 2011-02-19 02:07

TBH, I haven't really listened to too many J-Jazz bands, but Soil and "PIMP" Sessions is my favorite J-Jazz band. I love a lot of the energy that they put in their songs.

khryoleoz 2011-02-28 22:55

I listen simply to jazz. I'm not sure that "j-jazz" has its own elements unique to itself that it becomes its own idiom the way latin jazz, smooth jazz, jazz fusion, and bebop jazz are. From what I see, Japanese jazz artists are doing jazz same as they do in Europe and in America. Much like the American concept of limited government yielding to the freedom of the individual, jazz might have its roots in America but isn't bound to a particular nation or region. Hence, "j-jazz" exists in as much as Canadian jazz does, which is to say not really.

The wonderful Hiromi Uehara

Kei Akagi (an American of Japanese ancestry)

Akira Jimbo

Tetsuo Sakurai

xxanimefan4_ever 2011-03-20 09:20

I love j-jazz., partciulary the jazz with the singing and instruments and not just the instruements.

some of my faves though i have lots more to be honest.

大橋トリオ = love this song on his latest album claled 12ji ni hari ga ochitara but nothing on youtube with this song :(

of course shiina ring/tokyo jihen is jazzy too... i don't even know what genres she is.

DonQuigleone 2012-12-25 11:34

i just came across these guys, surprised they're not more well known:

zarqu 2012-12-25 11:51

Just so happens that I have been listening to some Japanese nu-jazz this past week. A couple examples:

Soil & "Pimp" Sessions is very much worth looking into.
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J.A.M is a side-project of some Soil & Pimp members. "Club jazz", one could say.
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Indigo jam unit is another great one.
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I'm currently getting into Jabberloop. They are amazing.
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Sleep Walker is different from the above bands. It's more acid jazz.
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Also, can't forget the oldies. Something from the mid-70's.
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I'm not sure what is distinctively "Japanese" abou the aforementioned bands. I guess when it comes to Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, it's the high energy. They have dubbed their jazz "death jazz". As for the rest, well. Jabberloop, indigo jam unit and J.A.M are just so relaxed. I really like the term "club jazz". Sleep Walker is something else, entirely.

Afternoon Tea 2012-12-28 00:54

I so LOVE this thread right meow!

willx 2012-12-28 01:21

Oh boy, a conversation about J-Jazz but no Keiko Matsui!?

I love this one the most, it just has this .. epic feel to it. I discovered her music, oh, 7 or 8 years ago? It's just so atmospheric.
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And this is probably her most well known piece.
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zarqu 2012-12-28 11:58

Pe'z is another great jazz act from Japan. They call themselves "The Samurai Jazz Band", whatever that means :D Like Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, their music is quite energetic.

This is a "tame" track from them.
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I very much recommend their "Funny Day & Hard Night" album.

HasuMasu 2012-12-30 10:14

Some really great finds here. :)

zarqu 2013-01-10 18:54

I just have to bump this thread since I found a track more indicative Pe'z's style.

Timeless Enigma 2013-06-24 21:24

If you guys haven't heard of Platina Jazz check them out.
Platina Jazz is an anime jazz covers project headed by Swedish club DJ/musician Rasmus Faber.
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As for "J-Jazz" I'd recommend you guys check out JiLL-decoy association, indigo jam unit, quasimode, JABBERLOOP... there are loads more, I love that Japan has a vibrant jazz scene.

EDIT: I remember seeing Hiromi Uehara live with her Sonicbloom group a few years ago. Crappy seats but it was a great experience.

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There's also nothing like Japanese Fusion...

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For more anime jazz covers check out Tokyo Brass Style and Kazumi Tateishi Trio, to name just two.

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And of course... Jazztronik

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elcometarojo 2013-06-26 19:06

Everyone should listen this. Megaman Jazz Fussion.

Title: Night In The White ~Iceberg Stage~
Composers: Toshiaki Ohtsubo and Alph-Lyla
Album: Rockman X Arranged

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Wanderer Blue 2013-06-27 04:38

Its real nice to see so much appreciation for J-Jazz XD. Well allow me to pitch in some of my suggestions.

Ootaku Kaoruko: He does the Bartender OST, which is definitely worth checking out, its Bar Jazz but its very good, has a very atmospheric property to it XD

(Cosmopolitan) One of the tracks

Mondo Grosso: Can't tell you guys too much about them since i have only heard a few songs of theirs but they are consistently good. They do have a more bossa nova style to them though.

(Song: Life ft Bird)

Quasimode: A friend told me about them, an i got to say they deliver such great vibes through their music, i was an instant fan.

(Song: Finger Tip)

Well that's all i can think of from the top of my head, but if anyone has any good suggestions feel free to vm me, id appreciate it

Dop 2016-06-13 17:13

Raising this thread from the dead as I just discovered there's a fifth Platina Jazz album, which came out towards the end of last year. Rasmus Faber has done some great anime music in its own right, but his Platina Jazz project doing jazz covers of anime songs has produced some splendid stuff.

The version of Natsu Yuuzora (Natsume Yujinchou series 1 ed) is sublime.

So glad to hear they're still going.

SethOfI 2016-06-28 14:34

I may have a slightly warped definition of Jazz and this is definitely closer to fusion, but I really like this band that I consider "close enough" to Japanese Jazz for my liking.

Definitely like J-Jazz though. I'm looking forward to listening to everything in this thread as I like "anime that jazz" and am just a big fan of modern sounding Jazz in general (I make the distinction because I've never been too fond of the recording quality of what's available for your average Jazz standards, Japan seems to have more of a budget for Jazz given it's more popular so you get wonderful recordings like in Sakamichi no Apollon).

Timeless Enigma 2016-11-28 20:03

Ladies, gentlemen, I give you the runaway freight train that is "Early Summer" by Ryo Fukui.

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Unfortunately he just passed away this March, 2016.

EDIT: Song is from 1976 btw.

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