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
Ahead of our Herbie Hancock special at The Jazz Meet next Sunday, the residents dip into their respective record bags to offer this little precursor to the event. With a taste of what’s to come, Rob, Sid and Jarred pull out some of the crazy covers from the influential pianist’s back catalogue of compositions and throw down an exclusive 55 minute mix. Kicking off with ‘Maiden Voyage’ from The Third Wave, versions of ‘Canteloupe Island’ and ‘Blind Man, Blind Man’ soon follow before we head into deeper waters with Rickey Kelley’s vibetastic ‘Dolphin Dance’ and The Sam Houston High School Stage Band funky ‘Fat Mama’. There’s further rareness in the form of Kaatee Frits Quartet’s ‘Cameleon’ before Woody Herman hits his big band stride with ‘Sandia Chicano (Watermelon Man)’ and Shingo Okudaira drops a KILLER version of ‘The Eyes of the Hurricane’. We round things off with a veritable dancefloor
Jazz Meet resident and Mukatsuku Records label boss Nik Weston steps to the turntables this week to deliver another 40 minute slice of jazz direct from his extensive record collection. He kicks things of with Dizzy Gillespie’s effortlessly funky take on ‘Matrix’ before unleashing the much loved ‘Psychedelic Sally’ from Horace Silver and his quintet. Two covers follow with Blue Mitchell taking on Cymande’s ‘The Message’ while Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers bring their classic version of Bobby Timmons’ ‘Dat Dere’. There’s then Japanese jazz from Norio Maeda & All Stars and Ryusei Tomoyose Quartet, killer funky jazz from Sam Most, a touch of soul from Alice Clark and a second composition from Horace Silver, this time around the title track taken from his 1966 album ‘The Jody Grind’. Finally, Nik wind things down with the modern deep jazz classic ‘A Vision’ by vocalist Bajka on Jazzman Records. We
After a little break, we return with a killer mix of Fender Rhodes based jazz music from British jazz collector and DJ Tony Higgins. After his recent Japanese jazz mix, we are thrilled to host this second selection and it’s chock full of assorted flavours with the only constant being that all of the songs feature the use of the much celebrated electric piano. And boy does it sound great for it! Kicking off with Mikio Masuda’s sublime ‘Let’s Get Together’, the mix deeps and weaves through vocal jazz, straight up soul jazz and a little fusion here and there, with tracks from the likes of Barry Miles, Horace Silver (with Andy Bey), Duke Pearson, Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, Primo Kim and one of the dons on the Fender Rhodes, Frank Cunnimodo all featuring. The mix culminates with an awesome piece of music from early 70s Ian Carr and Nucleus.