Japanese Iconoclasts - Part 1

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In addition to offering a safe haven and an enthusiastic audience for international jazz players, Japan has a vibrant local scene which features musicians that approach jazz without necessarily being encumbered by its tradition, and infuse it with their own cultural traditions and generally post-modern attitude.

So let's dive into the fun and varied universe of Japanese jazz through the work of some of its most remarkable iconoclasts.

Happy listening!


  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Suga Dairo "S&W Model 2 of the Far East" Far East (CooL FooL) 0:16
  • Host talks 5:39
  • Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra "A Man on the Boardwalk" Shibuzen (Avex Io) 8:32
  • Koh, Masahiro Uemura "Ermine" Tension (Koya) 15:59
  • Host talks 21:41
  • Yosuke Yamashita "Kurdish Dance" Kurdish Dance (Verve) 24:54
  • Eri Yamamoto Trio & Chorale Chamaleon "Goshu Ondo Suite, Pt. 5" Goshu Ondo Suite (AUM Fidelity) 33:01
  • Emi Makabe "Treeing" Anniversary (Greenleaf) 38:41
  • Host talks 42:00
  • Minoru Muraoka "Bam Boo Rock" Osorezan (Daiei) 43:31
  • Rinsyoe Kida, Akira Ishikawa & His Count Buffalos "Tsugaru Jongara Bushi" Drums and Tsugaru-Jamisen (Teichiku) 53:33
  • Host talks 57:30
  • Johnny Hartman "Nature Boy" For Trane (Blue Note) 59:28
  • Masabumi Kikuchi "Moor" Tethered Moon (Evidence) 1:02:57
  • Naruyoshi Kikuchi "Joan of Arc in the Money Jungle" Chansons Extraites De Degustation A Jazz (Ewe) 1:11:34
  • Host talks 1:16:04
  • Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Quintet "Moons Shine" Tails Out (DIW) 1:18:20
  • Sax Ruins "Epigonen" Yawiquo (Ipecac / Liberator) 1:26:26
  • O.N.T.J. (Olivia New Ton John) "Raga Latin" Jöse (Nota) 1:28:07
  • Host talks 1:29:50
  • Kaze & Ikue Mori "Noir Poplar" Sand Storm (Libra) 1:30:49
Photo credit: Luciano Rossetti (Phocus Agency)

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