Takeo Moriyama (森山 威男 Moriyama Takeo, born January 27, 1945 in Katsunuma (present Kōshū) in Yamanashi Prefecture) is a Japanese jazz drummer. Moriyama played piano as a child before switching to drums in his late teens. He then attended the Tokyo University of the Arts, taking a degree in percussion performance. He joined Yosuke Yamashita's small group in 1967, and went on several international tours with the group until leaving it in 1975. He moved to Nagoya in 1977 and began leading his own groups. In addition to Yamashita he has performed or recorded with Aki Takase, Akira Miyazawa, Fumio Itabashi, Masahiko Satoh, Peter Brotzmann, Nobuyoshi Ino, Takehiro Honda, and Manfred Schoof.
The biggest volume so far in the Spiritual Jazz series from Jazzman Records – and maybe the best as well! This fantastic collection looks at the huge legacy of spiritual jazz that flowed from the Japanese scene in the postwar years – sounds that had their initial expression around the same time that the modal jazz of Miles and Coltrane was bursting forth in the US, but which also too so many twists and turns of its own – with some very strong influences along the way from Japanese folk and culture! Much of this music was initially restricted only to release on Japanese labels – and even later, as some of the artists attained fame, the global circulation of their music only happened with more commercial recordings.
Yep, after listening to and writing the article about "After 5 Crash", I just had to get Toshiki Kadomatsu's（角松敏生）4th album, "After 5 Clash" from April 1984. I mean, just on the cover alone with that red pump and the inviting nightscape, I would have been sorely tempted (I didn't even see Kadomatsu in the lower-right corner there) to get it, but "After 5 Crash" was the tipping point for me. Just going through the album today (all of the tracks were written and composed by Kadomatsu), I had this impression. Some months ago in another article, I mentioned that Quincy Jones' classic "The Dude" was the Michael Jackson album that Michael Jackson didn't do. Well, after listening to "After 5 Crash", I could say something similar.
In the years following World War Two, Japan developed one of the most insatiable, dynamic and diverse markets for jazz. For a crucial period of little over a decade, from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, Japanese jazz culture progressed at an astonishing rate, producing an extraordinary array of artists, recordings and record labels that created some of the most forward thinking and impressive jazz to be committed to tape. This amazing journey is explored on ‘J Jazz’. This record uncovers some of the most sought after and rare material from this period and pulls together key artists who shaped the post-war modern jazz scene in Japan.