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The latest in Jazzman’s jazz-diaspora compilations takes the listener to Japan. Not a country known in the West for its interpretation of ‘America’s Classical Music’, Japan was in fact the biggest per-capita consumer of jazz LPs throughout the 1980s. The eight offerings here demonstrate how the mantle of spiritual jazz luminaries like John and Alice Coltrane was taken on by the nation’s musicians. As such, we get swinging versions of the standards (Tadao Hayashi’s ‘My Favourite Things’), unique syntheses of funk and koto (‘Positive and Negative’, Minoru Muraoka) and noisy explorations (‘Sun In The East’ by New Direction For the Arts).

Double LP £25.49 JMANLP096

2LP on Jazzman. Comes complete with OBI strip and thick, textured sleeve. Extensive liner notes extend onto printed inners, and are in both Japanese and English.

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