A new mix for a new month, and it’s a fierce one from our Japanese compatriot Hironobu Jyounai (PRIMO) who drops in a 45 minute selection of furious jazz gems. Kicking things off with a seldom seen Japanese date from the pianist Mickey Tucker, the mood plunges further into jazz dance territory with Steve Grossman’s ‘Katonah’. The quite simply brilliant ‘Sun & Sin’ follows from the Tommy Koverhults Kvintett before we head to Japan for a quartet of killer tunes from the Takeo Moriyama Quartet, Hitoshi Okano, George Ohtsuka and String Band featuring Isao Suzuki. The tempo eases up a tad with the classic ‘Little B’s Poem’ from Ms Dee Dee Bridgewater before a fitting finale rears its head from Kazuki Watanabe, Katsuhiko Kimura, Takao Okamura and a beautiful modal piece from Hidefumi Toki & The Super Jazz Trio! Certainly not your usual jazz fare, Hironobu-san digs deep! TRACKLIST
Our man in Shibuya, Tokyo returns with a blistering set of dance floor orientated jazz for our listening pleasure. DJ and producer Hironobu Jyounai (PRIMO) blesses us with just under sixty minutes of assorted goodies, including plenty of hard-bop and rare records we can only wish we could get our grubby mitts on. He starts off with a brilliant Japanese only date for trumpeter Charles Sullivan before plundering the depths of great European Jazz with a little Walter Sterath, Björk Guðmundsdótti, Tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar, Erol Pekcan, Tuna Ötenel and Kudret Öztoprak. Sambossa 5 give us classic Jazz Samba, there’s Danish jazz from Axen-Jaedig Jazz Groups and South American goodness from Agrupacion Nuevo Jazz. Elsewhere, there’s stone cold hard bop classics from Art Blakey and Hank Mobley while The Diamond Five serve up their own take on the sound with ‘Johnny’s Birthday’. Things round up with Hiromasa Suzuki Trio and the deep ‘Ja-Mil’ from The
PRIMO’s Hironobu Jyounai drops in to deliver another killer mixtape of high quality jazz featuring music from Boillat Therace Quintet, Quintessence, Frits Pauer Trio, Axen Jaedig Jazz Group and Lee Morgan to name a few. Click to listen.
The Japanese theme continues this week as we present a guest mix from Tokyo DJ and record producer Hironobu Jyounai, whose PRIMO & The Groupe project has set dancefloors alight recently after a series of vinyl EPs. Here he compiles a brilliant uptempo mix of contemporary jazz, classic hard-bop sounds and assorted Japanese rarities for a brief 45 minute throwdown. Marc Hemmeler kicks everything off with a delightful samba before the Hideo Shiraki Quintet drop a killer version of ‘Sayonara Blues’, Art Blakey’s classic ‘Ping Pong’ rears it’s head and Takeshi Inomata takes us to ‘Green Dolphine Street’. The Ryusei Tomoyose Quartet bring us the evocative ‘Movement’ before the unmistakable baritone of new Blue Note Records signing Jose James breaks through on ‘Body and Soul’. Michel Klotchkoff Trio and Chris Woods take us into the home straight with ‘Full Space’ before the playful ‘Goofin’ Each Other’ from Pianox4 and ‘Thank