Wamono Groove: Shakuhachi & Koto Jazz Funk ’76 LP

Kiyoshi Yamaya, Toshiko Yonekawa & Kifu Mitsuhashi

  • 1. Kifu Mitsuhashi – Nanbu Ushioi-Uta
  • 2. Toshiko Yonekawa – Isohama Bon-Uta
  • 3. Kifu Mitsuhashi – Hohai-Bushi
  • 4. Toshiko Yonekawa – Otemoyan
  • 5. Kifu Mitsuhashi – Aizu Bandaisan
  • 6. Toshiko Yonekawa – Saitarō-Bushi
  • 7. Kifu Mitsuhashi – Sōma Nagareyama
  • 8. Toshiko Yonekawa – Yagi-Bushi
  • 9. Kifu Mitsuhashi – Asadoya Yunta
  • 10. Toshiko Yonekawa – Konpira Fune Fune

Following the already classic Wamono A to Z trilogy, we are delighted to present an exceptional collection of jazz funk / rare groove tunes recorded in the mid-seventies at the Nippon Columbia studios by three giants of Japanese music: arranger Kiyoshi Yamaya, koto legend Toshiko Yonekawa and shakuhachi master Kifu Mitsuhashi.

Born in 1932 in Tokyo, Kiyoshi Yamaya started his musical career in 1953 when he played in various jazz bands in town. In 1957, Yamaya joined Nobuo Hara’s famous jazz big band Sharps & Flats as a baritone saxophone player and started composing, arranging, and recording for them and other big bands. He became a key jazz figure in Japan in the sixties together with Norio Maeda and Keitaro Miho, both jazz pianists, composers and arrangers, by forming the Modern Jazz Three Association – which aimed at improving the level of Japanese jazz composition and arrangement. In the mid-seventies, his Contemporary Sound Orchestra explored jazz funk fusions with traditional Japanese melodies and instruments such as the shakuhachi, koto, biwa, and shamisen. These works were recorded for a series of panoramic Japanese albums released domestically on Denon and Nippon Columbia, from which the tracks on this compilation are taken from.

● 180g heavy vinyl pressing, reverse board jacket

● Fully licensed Nippon Columbia masters available for the first time outside of Japan

● Mastering and lacquer cut by Jukka Sarapää at Timmion Cutting Lab, Helsinki, Finland

Released in 2022, still sealed copy

  • Condition: Mint (Vinyl) / Mint (Cover)
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