VA - J Jazz Volume 2 - Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-83BBE
J Jazz Volume2 picks up the marvellous Volume 1 left off. "Deep Modern Jazz from Japan 1969-1984" is the second instalment of rare Japanese recordings compiled by Tony Higgins and Mike Peden. The duo once again compiled a list from their personal collection. They figured we would enjoy them as much as they do and they were right. There's much to savour with nearly 120 minutes of quality recordings. The disc kicks off with the brilliant "Dragon Dance". The late Tenor sax legend Harold Land was performing in Japan when he received an invitation to record with pianist Makoto Terashita. The result is a spirited up-tempo hard bop delight. "Mother Of The Future" is seventies inspired jazz funk from the Electro Keyboard Orchestra. "Fallout" features the New Herd, a popular big band. Higgins and Peden have tapped into a gold mine of obscure recordings largely forgotten. Thanks to their contacts in Japan and BBE for shinning a light on these hidden gems.
Reg Dancy, 10/19