Various Artists - WaJazz: Japanese Jazz Spectacle Vol.2 Deep, Heavy and Beautiful Jazz from Japan 1962-1985

Various Artists - WaJazz: Japanese Jazz Spectacle Vol.2 Deep, Heavy and Beautiful Jazz from Japan 1962-1985

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Format 2LP
Label 180G
Catalogue Number 180GHMVLP02

Following the highly acclaimed first volume in the series, Japanese jazz expert Yusuke Ogawa continues the WaJazz exploration with another essential collection of music that contains something uniquely Japanese — focusing this time on the King Records catalog. Featuring timeless music by Isao Suzuki, Toshiaki Yokota, Akira Miyazawa, Takeru Muraoka, Yasuaki Shimizu, Masahiko Togashi, George Otsuka, and more!

"It is my great pleasure to introduce you to the second volume of the "Japanese Jazz Spectacle" series. Following the first compilation which focused on recordings from the Nippon Columbia catalogue, this time we are digging into the King Records archives. It is almost impossible to capture the whole picture of Wa-Jazz in a couple of compilation albums since it is such a broad and deep genre, however, by extracting tracks from the Nippon Columbia and King Records collections - both labels having an extensive archive of jazz music - we may be able to glimpse a part of its allure and essence. This time again, I have made the music selection with this idea in mind. The music in this compilation was recorded between 1962 and 1985 and is a brief history of Japanese jazz on King Records. Listening is believing, so I hope these tracks will capture your heart and that you will enjoy the charms of Japanese jazz." - Yusuke Ogawa


Toshiaki Yokota & The Beat Generation - Clair Deluge
Tadao Sawai, Toshiyuki Miyama & New Herd Orchestra - Constant Rain
Akira Miyazawa - Yamame
Various Artists - Ma Mere L'Oye
Masao Yagi - Blossom In The Water
Masahiko Togashi, Isao Suzuki - A Day Of The Sun
Yasuko Nagamine, Yasuaki Shimizu - Summer Wind
Hideo Shiraki - Sayonara Blues
Masahiko Togashi & His Improvisation Jazz Orchestra - Desireless
Takeru Muraoka & His New Group - Lady Boogie
Yoshio Ikeda - Down To The Sea
George Otsuka Quintet - Loving You