Japanese Iconoclasts - Part 2

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From audiophile jazz labels, to definitive record stores and jazz kissaten, the outstanding jazz bars that provide a cozy place for jazz fans to congregate and share their love for jazz, Japan has traditionally been one of the most jazz-friendly countries in the world. Here is the second part of a special edition that pays tribute to some of Japan's own eclectic talents.

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  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Fumio Yasuda, Theo Bleckmann "I've Got a Gal In Kalamazoo" Las Vegas Rhapsody -The Night They Invented Champagne (Winter & Winter) 0:16
  • Host talks 1:48
  • Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra "Filmmakers Bleed" Full-Tension Beaters (Avex) 3:22
  • Soil & Pimp Sessions "Struggle" Planet Pimp (Victor) 7:06
  • Host talks 15:55
  • Yuka C. Honda "Waters On Mars" Heart Chamber Phantoms (Tzadik) 17:19
  • Dairo Miyamoto "dintje" Last Picture (Cristal) 21:03
  • Jun Miyake (三宅 純) "eden-4" Lost Memory Act-2 (Yellowbird) 26:07
  • Host talks 31:18
  • Aki Takase "Mannen i tårnet" Aki Takase Japanic: Thema Prima (BMC) 32:55
  • Misako Kano "Cat Scramble" Watch Out (Knitting Factory) 37:10
  • Host talks 48:24
  • United Future Organization "The Planet Plan" 3rd Perspective (Antilles) 49:04
  • Towa Tei "Last Century Modern" Last Century Modern (EastWest) 53:31
  • Host talks 56:19
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto "Tango" Smoochy (BMG/Milan) 58:51
Photo: Nathan West.

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