Saturday, 25 July 2015

The Alan Skidmore Quintet : 1970

The Alan Skidmore Quintet
Takin' Care of Business

Recorded 21st October 1970, Philips Studios, London.

Stunning piece of British jazz from this rare Japanese cd. Alan Skidmore is suitably supported by Malcolm Griffiths, John Taylor,  Chris Laurence, Tony Levin, Mike Osbourne and John Surman.  Picked this one up a while ago for peanuts and was a total surprise to me. This, the title track is an addictively fierce big band piece which takes your breath away. Up there with the John Surman track Dance, from earlier on the blog. Check it out, immense tune indeed.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Kohsuke Mine : First plus 2nd

Kohsuke Mine : First

Recorded at Victor Studio June 17th/18th 1970

Lost for words on this one. Right up there in the top 5 of all the Japanese Jazz releases. This really is special.

Kohsuke Mine / Alto Sax
Masabumi Kikuchi / Electric piano
Larry Ridley / Bass
Lenny McBrowne / Drums

Morning Tide
Love Talken
Straight no Chaser
Little Abbi

Plus Ushaped has contributed "2nd Album" in the comment ; share some thanks everyone

Monday, 12 January 2015

Koichi Matsukaze Trio : Earth Mother

Koichi Matsukaze Trio : Earth Mother.
ALM-5001 ALM Records.

So here it is, one of the all time super rare Japanese jazz records of all time. Google searches return little or no information about this killer spiritual jazz monster. All bar one of the tracks were recorded at the Tachikawa Social Educational Hall January 1978 and released on the very limited ALM label. 

Not only is this one scarce, it takes your breath away with pounding keys, fierce bass and driving percussion. 

Here's the 11+ minute title track in full lossless glory.
Let me know what you think, and good luck hunting another one down!