27 April 2012


Hiroshi Suzuki - Masahiko Togashi Quintet Variation

Takt Jazz Series/Columbia Japan 1969
Tetsuo Fushimi (tp) Hiroshi Suzuki (tb) Yuji Ono (p)
Jun Suzuki (b) Masahiko Togashi (dr)

George Otsuka Trio - Page 2

Takt Jazz Series/Columbia Japan 1968
George Otsuka (ds) Hideo Ichikawa (p) Masaoki Terakawa (bass)

Swing Journal All Stars 68

Takt Jazz Series/Columbia Japan 1968
Terumasa Hino (tp), Hiroshi Suzuki (tb),Sadao Watanabe (as), Masabumi Kikuchi (p),Kunimitsu Inaba (b), Masahiko Togashi (d)

Three rarities from the seminal Takt label of Japan contributed by Bongohito - over to him to tell you a little more about 'em: 

"So these three uber-rare sides aren't the end of the world, creatively speaking. However, as "Page 2" and "Swing Journal All Stars '68" are from 1968 and "Varation" is from January 1969, they represent something of a scene that's making its statement in reconciliation between traditionalism and the so-called new thing in its own way.
Like many Japanese sides, I find endless fascination in the discipline and cleanliness of execution of ideas, even if the ideas aren't always innovative or ground breaking; to me they're distinctive.
Between the three sets, the creme de la creme of Japanese jazz musicians are all present; Sadao, Hino, Kikuchi, Togashi, Yuji Ohno, Hiroshi Suzuki, Otsuka, as well as the traditional stalwarts of Nobuo Hara's Sharps and Flats and clarinetist Eiji Kitamura (who just turned 83). All present and accounted for and swinging with the changing times in their own ways.
I'd say don't expect the next great thing you've never heard (but who knows, really?) but do expect some interesting facets that should keep your attention."

Many thanks go out to Bongohito who provided all the rips and session details for this post.
Respect to El Goog,Taro Nombei,Hoochie Coochie, Wara Katsu ,Simon 666 ,Vesper ,Doyle C and especially the gone but not forgotten Jazz Nekko for stoking and keeping the Japanese Jazz fires burning...


Bacoso said...




taro nombei said...


Quimsy said...


apf said...

Thank you!

Simon666 said...

whoahhh! Many thanks Bacoso and Bongohito, starting on Variation and working through :)

MrBill said...

Many thanks! The All-Stars especially look promising.

I have Jazz-Nekko to thank for introducing me to the wonders of "J-jazz". I miss the guy. I have wondered whether he might be hanging around under a different nom de plume, unbeknownst to the rest of us.

Oracle said...

Jazz Neko. Good golly. That is blast from the past. What a great person he was. Any idea what ever happened there. I believe his wife was really ill and then i never heard from him again. Shame such a neat guy.

taro nombei said...

Yes, props again for Jazz Neko, the original J-jazz cat — we miss you.
And thanks to bongohito for picking up the slack!

vesper said...

You are keeping the flame alive! Thanks both of you

Andy said...

Thank you. I grabbed these for a friend who will be thrilled with these.

Erberken said...

WOW!!!!! Thank you!!!!

the jazzstronaut said...

Many thanks Bacoso and, of course, Bongohito too for all the effort...cheers guys.

corvimax said...

good work bacoso and nekko, as usual, thanks, especially the swing journal

Solomon said...

Thank you!

boogieman said...

Thanks to all those who have disseminated J-Jazz in the blogworld. If it wasn't for you I would have most probably never encountered these superb musicians.
I'm listening to G Otsuka Trio, a musician i discovered on your blog a couple of years ago. Great stuff.
Merci encore.

1 said...

Hiroshi is the greatest!
Thank you!

Markus Lloyd said...

This is an amazing blog, digging the music big time. Many thanks.

Bender said...

Thanks a lot, Bacoso!

Andy said...

Triple Excellence,big thanks.

jazzofthufeil said...

Great Blogs! I love it!

May I add your blog to my blog list please? (and perhaps you'd like to also add my blog to your blog list here please?)

Please visit my blog:

I'm still new & learning in blogging, so any comment etc are very welcomed and will be appreciated.

Thank You :)

brothertee said...

wow! the pressure is on! thanks bacoso & of course bongohito for this treat.

Gaston said...

I finally got around to giving these a good listen and... wow! They're awesome! More Japanese jazz please!!!

motown_jazz said...

These are some great postings. Those Japanese cats can play!!

John Minghella said...

thanks for the sounds.

octogore said...

Love The records you post. Many ,many Thanks...

musician3 said...

Great.................Thank You

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