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    Posted: April 20 2014 at 07:49
Hey every Japanese Jazz Rock fan! Big smile

An Osakan Jazz Rock pride DJAMRA have released their live album recorded upon November 10, 2013 in a live venue Nakatsu Vi-Code, finally. Cool

Under Trucks (Live At Vi-Code) (2014) - DJAMRA

What a fantastic gig with lots of pleasure.

This live album "Under Trucks" was recorded upon November 10, 2013 in an Osakan live venue called Nakatsu Vi-Code (on the stage another Heavy Prog outfit The Brown appeared ... sadly I could not attend though). And one of highly important matters is that this live album was the debut one for a female trumpeter and the specialty Sayaka KAWADA, actually. As Masaharu NAKAKITA (bass) always says, they play much pleasantly and delightfully "for the audience", naturally as artists. This gig got started, with lively audience's voices around the artists. Various gemmy essence of their brilliant sound can be heard here and there although their performance on stage sounds not perfect. Surprisingly mixing this album is splendid, as though we would join this gig and Djamrers would play in front of us. Very amazing indeed.

Sayaka's trumpet sounds relaxed and stretched ... it's obviously natural because she's been a member of Djamra for almost 3 years (she says she's always got strained on stage even now lol). Her instrumental battles with Shinji KITAMURA (alto saxophone) are worth listening to every time really. These battles should make us smile fully, along with her safe and sound appearance. However her play is always exciting, of course in this live lively album too.


The tracks, except the fourth "Phantom Thief Naitoh-san (Kaitoh Naitoh-san)", are well-known for us  who usually attend their gigs. All of them sound very vivid and speedy as well, and we cannot avoid feeling their strong intention as professional musicians. They would have shouted on stage "We play and you listen, enjoy!". That's it. Oh don't forget about the fourth (newer) track titled "Phantom Thief Naitoh-san" ... this song is played as the title track of a midnight TV theatre "not on the air yet (lol)" about a phantom thief only midnight (and a taxi driver in the daytime). Kaleidoscopic developments in this song proclaim his activity as a hermit obscurity. The audience would get immersed in such a colourful theatrical draw.

In conclusion, we should go to a venue and listen to their gig directly if we can. But this live album should be one of strategies for some fans who cannot join the gig. Without any suspicion we can consider it's a fantastic album, recommended.

Hey Masaharu, do hope you will distribute worldwide, not only in live venues.


Thank you for reading this blog.


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Originally posted by Sheavy

http://www.headheritage.co.uk/headtohead/unsung/topic/70551/

I bring some sad news about the fantastic p.s.f. records label.

Recently very difficult for such an indie label to maintain their management / operation ... not only P.S.F. really.
Fortunately their online shop is available even now. Unhappy

Anyway, thanks for your posting Alex. Very happy with you, a Japanese indie fan. Approve
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sheavy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 24 2014 at 09:21
Originally posted by DamoXt7942


Originally posted by Sheavy

http://www.headheritage.co.uk/headtohead/unsung/topic/70551/

I bring some sad news about the fantastic p.s.f. records label.

Recently very difficult for such an indie label to maintain their management / operation ... not only P.S.F. really.
Fortunately their online shop is available even now. Unhappy
Anyway, thanks for your posting Alex. Very happy with you, a Japanese indie fan. Approve


It would be impossible for a fan of mindbending music to not like japans abundant offerings in this field. Alchemy records and p.s.f. records are currently two of my all time favorite labels.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote yam yam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 19 2014 at 06:42
Don't know if this counts as prog, but wow! - what a band! (can't find any reference to them on the site, so probably not prog, but superb stuff nevertheless):
 
 
 
 

The Wagakki Band, which consists of seven musicians and the singer Yuko Suzuhana, deftly fuses traditional Japanese instruments with contemporary rock. Though the stage may get a bit crowded with a drummer, a guitarist, a bassist, a tsugaru-jamisen (Japanese lute) player, a koto (Japanese harp) player, a shakuhachi (Japanese flute) player, a taiko drummer, and a fan-swinging singer, they manage to put on a surprisingly dynamic and cohesive performance.

Members:
Vocal: Yuko Suzuhana
Shakuhachi: Daisuke Kaminaga
Koto: Kiyoshi Ibukuro
Shamisen: Beni Ninagawa
Wadaiko: Kurona
Guitar: Machiya
Bass: Asa
Drums: Wasabi

 
 
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Hi, all Japanese prog fans.

A renowned Japanese keyboardist Bunmei OGAWA (Black PageMr. SIrius) has passed away upon June 25, 2014 ... age 53.

RIP Bunmei, your work has exerted tremendous influence upon Neo-Prog. Cry

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