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JaySee

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Japanese fusion
« on: July 18, 2010, 01:30:29 AM »
The only cd in my collection that comes even close to Japanese fusion is Tetsuo Sakurai's "Gentle Hearts" and on that one two thirds of the players are americans (Howe & Chambers). Any suggestions what Japanese fusion bands I should check out?

I like this one.
J-Fusion Band Dimension Best Live
Spotify playlist : Confusion? Fusion!

funkle

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Re: Japanese fusion
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2010, 06:37:33 AM »
Check the Japanese Fusion section of Abstractlogix.

I've been a fan of Kazumi Watanabe in the past. I'll have to check out what he's up to now.

The band Fragile is one of the best know ones. Not as familiar with their stuff.
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Re: Japanese fusion
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2010, 07:13:03 PM »
The only cd in my collection that comes even close to Japanese fusion is Tetsuo Sakurai's "Gentle Hearts"
I just snagged the CD used for $14 used :D

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Re: Japanese fusion
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2010, 07:19:40 AM »
The guitarist in both the bands Fragile and Fazjaz.jp is Koichi Yabori. He also has a solo release, Bloomfield with Robben Ford, Gary Novax and Scott Kinsey

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Re: Japanese fusion
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2010, 09:41:22 AM »
The band Prism, feat Akira Wada on guitar & Ken Watanabe on bass

PRISM - FAREWELL (2008)

I'm not as blown away by Prism. Akira Wada is pretty highly regarded, but I find his soloing (and many of the Japanese guitarists) to have that anthem quality, like something from Top Gun or something. Just not my thing.

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Re: Japanese fusion
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2010, 12:24:30 PM »
Not new I know, but I love Resonance Vox (1993) featuring Watanabe.


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Re: Japanese fusion
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2010, 11:14:44 AM »
You should check out Kazumi Watanabe's three Mo'Bop Electric Trio cds. They are all very good but they are also expensive Japanese imports.

Check out  www.audiophileimports.com

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Re: Japanese fusion
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2010, 11:21:33 AM »
Recital 6 doing a cover of a Michael Manring tune:
Recital 6. When Last We Spoke

Edit: Sorry they are either Korean or Chinese, not Japanese. Still great stuff!
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Re: Japanese fusion
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2010, 01:54:42 PM »
Flat 122 is some nice stuff.
machine and the synergetic nuts - leap second neutral is some smoking stuff.
KBB is nice mixed violin with guitar and keys
naikaku- shell is some sweet stuff with flute and a good heavy groove.

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Re: Japanese fusion
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2010, 03:03:59 PM »
KBB is nice mixed violin with guitar and keys

Oh yes! I do have some Japanese fusion after all. I have "Lost and Found" and "Four Corner's Sky". Great stuff.
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Re: Japanese fusion
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2010, 03:40:00 PM »
Morsof. They recorded only one album (Heap) but it's a smoker. Although it's not entirely fusion; there's a blues-ish song and another that starts out pretty trad but then delves into the avant-garde. Still, overall, the album's very fusiony. Incidentally, the band's name is an amalgam of some Japanese pop band (I forget what) and Soft Machine. The final song (DADA) definitely is supposed to be a tribute to Soft Machine, but it sounds to me more like Morsof doing their impression of Soft Machine ripping off King Crimson's 21st Century Schizoid Man. lol The song absolutely smokes, tho... if you like a little honking sax work. In fact, the saxophonist sounds like a goose cranked up on meth. Good shit!

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Re: Japanese fusion
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2010, 10:08:26 PM »
I have and love these smokin' jap fusion CDs:


3X3 - 2857

Ain Soph - Hat and Field

Ain Soph - A Story of Mysterious Forest

Akira Wada - Plays Jeff Beck

Bandivil - Junaokissei

East Wind Pot - East Wind Pot

Exhivision - Beyond the Earthbound

Exhivision - Exhivision

ExhiVision - OVEREXPOSURE

FAZJAZ - DISTORTIONAL THEORY

FAZJAZ.JP - SEASON II

Flat 122 - The Waves

Fragile - DOWNSIDE UP

Fragile - Fragile

Fragile - Fragile, Vol. 5

Fragile - Handle with Care

Fragile - Live

Fragile - No Wet

Fragile - PHANTOM

Fragile - Poison Quells Poison

FRAGILE - The Sun and The Melodies

Fragile - Zann

Hiromi - Another Mind

Hiromi - Beyond Standard

Hiromi - Brain

Hiromi's Sonicbloom - Time Control

Il berlione - Il berlione

Il berlione - In 453 Minutes Infernal Cooking

Jun Fukamachi - Golden Best Fukamachi Jun

Jun Fukamachi - Jun Fukamachi & New York Allst

Jun Fukamachi - On Move [Remaster] [Reissue]

Jun Fukamachi - Rokuyu [Remaster]

Jun Matsue - Triumph of Guitar Murderer

Kazumi Watanabe - Kilowatt

Kazumi Watanabe - Mobo

Kazumi Watanabe - The Spice Of Life

Kazumi Watanabe - Spice of Life Too

KBB - Four Corner's Sky

KBB - Lost and Found

KBB - Proof of Concept

Keep - DG-581

Keep - Rock'n Rocked Rock

Kehell - Galileo

Kennedy - Kennedy

Kenso - Birodosho Kitan

Kenso - Chilling Heat

Kenso - Early live Vol.1

KENSO - Esoptron

Kenso - In the West

Kenso - Inei no Fue

Kenso - Kenso

Kenso - Kenso

Kenso - Kenso Guki

Kenso - Kenso II

KENSO - KENSO LIVEƕ92

kenso - Music for unknown five musicians

Kenso - Sparta

Kenso - Sparta (Naked)

Kenso - Utsuroi Yuku Mono

Kenso - Yume No Oka

Kenso - Zaiya Live

Kiyomi Otaka - Ambition

Kiyomi Otaka - Out of Sight

Kiyomi Otaka - Third Hand

Koichi Yabori - B

Koichi Yabori - Bloomfield

Koichi Yabori - Guess Where I Am

Lu7 - L' Esprit de l'Exil

Machine & the Synergetic Nuts - Leap Second Neutral

Machine & the Synergetic Nuts - Machine & the Synergetic Nuts

Masaki Matsubara/Kazuhiko Iwami - Instrumental Heaven: The Twin Guitar

Morsof - Heap: Morning Machine and Soft Musume

Motoi Sakuraba - Gikyokuonsou

Naikaku - Shell

Naikaku - Wheel of Fortune

Naniwa Express - Life of Music

NANIWA EXPRESS - THIS is IT!

Next order - Live-Powered Nexus

O-U - O-U

Power Job - Power Job

Prism - Blue...

Prism - Mju

Prism - Prism

Prism - Prism V

Prism - Second Thoughts/Second Move

RX - Chemical Reaction

Ryo Kawasaki - Juice

Ryo Kawasaki - Prism

Sadao Watanabe, The Great Jazz Trio - Bird of Paradise

Side Steps - Alive II

Side Steps - Out-And-Out

Side Steps - Points of View

Side Steps - Steps on Edge

Side Steps - Verge of Reality

Six North - I'm Here In My Heart

Six North - Prayer

Source - Source Ii

Space Circus - Fantastic Arrival

Space Circus - Funky Caravan

Tetsuo Sakurai - Gentle Hearts

Tetsuo Sakurai - Gentle Hearts Tour 2004

Toshiki Fukawa Project - Ultraman Jazz, Vol. 2

Toshiki Nunokawa - Ultraman Jazz

W.I.N.S - W.I.N.S

Wysiwyg - Reflector

Wysiwyg - What You Sing Is What You Get

Yaju Oukoku - Yaju Oukoku

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Re: Japanese fusion
« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2010, 05:57:05 AM »
I have and love these smokin' jap fusion CDs:


That's a pretty good list. I now have most of the Fragile catalog, & Fazjaz. I can't believe I've lived without Yabori for all these years, simply awesome.

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Re: Japanese fusion
« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2010, 12:38:04 PM »
while the Japanese fusion stuff is all pretty killer, it can and does get expensive. one reasone why i don't have a whole lot of it.

Exhivision is on my to get list. Whats the band sound like?