Published May 31, 2019Last year, BBE made some serious waves by releasing J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz from Japan 1969-1984 — the U.K. label's stunning and hugely successful Japanese jazz comp that topped more than a few 2018 year-end lists. It makes complete sense then that BBE has announced a sequel.
Logically titled J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz from Japan 1969-1983 Volume 2, the newly announced follow-up will arrive on September 5 as both a sprawling 3-LP vinyl set and a 2-CD package, as well as digitally.
Once again, the comp has been compiled by Tony Higgins and Mike Peden, offering a snapshot of Japan's largely undocumented yet fascinating jazz scene.
Of the latest comp, BBE explains:
They present a deep dive into an intoxicating and beguiling range of styles: from cinematic roaring big-band ("Little G" by Nobuo Hara) and sparse minimal acoustic funk ("Teru Teru Bozo" by Teru Sakomoto), to deep spiritual modal epics ("Dragon Dance" by Makoto Terashita and Harold Land) and funk fusion ("Mother of the Future" by Electro Keyboard Orchestra). J Jazz 2 delivers more astonishing high quality jazz that will appeal the old school hard-core jazz head as much as those digging the current sounds of the current vibrant jazz explosion in the U.K. and U.S.A.
The specially chosen tracks on J Jazz volume two span across 25 years of Japanese musical progression and invention. From the elegiac stark beauty of Serenade to a Dimly Lit Street and the modal vortex of Daguri, to the fierce post-bop freedom of Bull Trout and the mid-tempo bossa lilt of Vietnam, there is enough here to satisfy the most curious and demanding jazz fan seeking something extra special.
While a full tracklisting is so far unavailable, you can pre-order the set over here.
In the wake of the first J Jazz comp, BBE has reissued a series of full-length Japanese jazz rarities, including Tohru Aizawa Quartet's Tachibana, Takeo Moriyama's East Plants, and Koichi Matsukaze Trio + Toshiyuki Daitoku's Earth Mother.
You can stream the entire first J Jazz volume below.