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.
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
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