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The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Last Concert Vol.2 (1974) {2014 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27937}

The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Last Concert Vol.2 (1974) {2014 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27937}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 281 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 101 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 129 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24-bit remaster
© 1974, 2014 Atlantic / Warner Japan / Rhino | WPCR-27937 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Cool / Third Stream

Not really the last concert ever from the Modern Jazz Quartet – but a set that seemed so at the time, given that the group went their separate ways for a number of years! The record's got the combo in really top form – very much back to the basics of their early time on Atlantic Records, with a sublime focus on that unique sound that no other group like this could match.

Charles McPherson - But Beautiful (2004) {Venus Japan}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Jan. 18, 2018
Charles McPherson - But Beautiful (2004) {Venus Japan}

Charles McPherson - But Beautiful (2004) {Venus Japan}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC Image | Cue+Log | Full Scans 200dpi | 457MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 168MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop

Charles McPherson delves into a number of standards in this collection of timeless ballads, well accompanied by pianist Steve Kuhn, bassist David Williams, and drummer Leroy Williams. The alto saxophonist's tone has a bit of a bluesy edge throughout the sessions, as if he is reminiscing about a past love. His heartfelt rendition of "My Ideal" stands out, as do his two interpretations of songs by Nicholas Brodszky, "Be My Love" and "Love Letters." McPherson picks up the tempo with "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," though his tone doesn't shift to a lighter mood. The relaxed mood makes this release perfect for late-night listening. The only drawback with this CD is the ugly cover photo, which McPherson denounced as very tasteless during a 2007 interview.
The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Last Concert Vol.1 (1974) {2014 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27936}

The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Last Concert Vol.1 (1974) {2014 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27936}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 300 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 111 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 130 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24-bit remaster
© 1974, 2014 Atlantic / Warner Japan / Rhino | WPCR-27936 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Cool / Third Stream

Features 24 bit remastering and comes with a mini-description. Not really the last concert ever from the Modern Jazz Quartet – but a set that seemed so at the time, given that the group went their separate ways for a number of years! The record's got the combo in really top form – very much back to the basics of their early time on Atlantic Records, with a sublime focus on that unique sound that no other group like this could match.

Buddy Terry - Lean on Him (Japan Edition) (1972/2007)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Jan. 18, 2018
Buddy Terry - Lean on Him (Japan Edition) (1972/2007)

Buddy Terry - Lean on Him (Japan Edition) (1972/2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 244.24 Mb | 43:18 | Covers
Jazz-Funk, Post-Bop | Country: USA | Label: P-Vine Records - PCD-23940

One of the fullest albums we've ever heard from saxophonist Buddy Terry – a set that has him blowing along with a set of soulful larger backings – sometimes with a bit of gospel overtones as well! The lineup on the album's pretty darn hip – players who include Larry Willis on electric piano, Jay Berliner on guitar, Ernie Hayes on organ, Wilbur Bascomb on Fender bass, Bernard Purdie on drums, and Lawrence Killian on percussion – plus added vocals from a group that includes Dee Dee Bridgewater, Alphonse Mouzon, and Peaches Wilson! Buddy arranges and conducts – and while his tenor and soprano get some space in the arrangements, the overall sound is more focused on the full spirit of the group.

Buddy Terry - Pure Dynamite (Japan Edition) (1972/2007)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Jan. 18, 2018
Buddy Terry - Pure Dynamite (Japan Edition) (1972/2007)

Buddy Terry - Pure Dynamite (Japan Edition) (1972/2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 288.74 Mb | 45:41 | Covers
Jazz-Funk, Post-Bop, Avant-Garde | Country: USA | Label: P-Vine Records - PCD-23935

An overlooked gem from the early 70s, Buddy Terry’s “Pure Dynamite” mixes post bop and fusion in a style somewhat similar to what Freddie Hubbard and Sonny Rollins were doing at the same time, but Terry also dips into some psychedelic sounds and ensemble freedom that pushes his music a little closer to Herbie Hancock’s excellent Sextet. The connection to the Sextet is furthered by the appearance of the Sextet’s Eddie Henderson and Billy Hart. Meanwhile, the new Return to Forever was also playing with post bop that bordered on the avant-garde on their first album, so its no big surprise to see RTF’s Lenny White, Airto and Stanley Clarke on here as well. The rest of this album’s all-star cast also includes Joanne Brackeen, Mtume, Woody Shaw and Kenny Barron, its hard to go wrong with a cast like that and there is certainly very little wrong with this album.
The Merchant's Tale: Yokohama and the Transformation of Japan (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture)

The Merchant's Tale: Yokohama and the Transformation of Japan (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture) by Simon Partner
English | December 19th, 2017 | ASIN: B071J1MY9P, ISBN: 0231182929 | 307 pages | EPUB | 100.02 MB

In April 1859, at age fifty, Shinohara Chūemon left his old life behind. Chūemon, a well-off farmer in his home village, departed for the new port city of Yokohama, where he remained for the next fourteen years. There, as a merchant trading with foreigners in the aftermath of Japan’s 1853 “opening” to the West, he witnessed the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate, the civil war that followed, and the Meiji Restoration’s reforms.
Big Star - #1 Record (1972) {Victor Entertainment Japan MiniLP VICP-62291 rel 2003}

Big Star - #1 Record (1972) {Victor Entertainment Japan MiniLP VICP-62291 rel 2003}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 276 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 87 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 17 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1972, 2003 Ardent Music / Victor Entertainment Japan | VICP-62291 | Mini LP
Rock / Contemporary Pop/Rock / Power Pop / Proto-Punk

First-to-CD reissue of Big Star's 1972 first album. Expected to come housed in a mini-LP type cardboard sleeve. The problem with coming in late on an artwork lauded as "influential" is that you've probably encountered the work it influenced first, so its truly innovative qualities are lost. Thus, if you are hearing Big Star's debut album for the first time decades after its release (as, inevitably, most people must), you may be reminded of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers or R.E.M., who came after – that is, if you don't think of the Byrds and the Beatles circa 1965. What was remarkable about #1 Record in 1972 was that nobody except Big Star (and maybe Badfinger and the Raspberries) wanted to sound like this – simple, light pop with sweet harmonies and jangly guitars.

Feeding Japan: The Cultural and Political Issues of Dependency and Risk  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by Jeembo at Jan. 17, 2018
Feeding Japan: The Cultural and Political Issues of Dependency and Risk

Feeding Japan: The Cultural and Political Issues of Dependency and Risk by Andreas Niehaus, Tine Walravens
English | 2017 | ISBN: 3319505521 | 540 Pages | PDF | 25.5 MB

This edited collection explores the historical dimensions, cultural practices, socio-economic mechanisms and political agendas that shape the notion of a national cuisine inside and outside of Japan.
Samba Trio - Tristeza (1982) {2016 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series CDSOL-6434}

Samba Trio - Tristeza (1982) {2016 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series CDSOL-6434}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 252 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 102 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 270 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1982, 2016 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6434
Jazz / Latin Jazz / Samba Jazz / Bossa Nova / Brazilian Traditions

Reissue with the latest remastering and the original cover artwork. Comes with a description written in Japanese. This is a fun quartet playing a very nice combination of Bossa-Samba-Jazz. Their version (Chick de Ipanema) has a fantastic incidental combination of two of the most amazing Bossa songs of all times in the same song; Girl from Ipanema and Summer Samba in a smooth and subtle way that will blow you away. Their other renditions to Bossa classics are amazing. Check them out, you'll love them.

Keiko Matsui - Deep Blue (2001) {HDCD, Japan}  Music

Posted by popsakov at Jan. 17, 2018
Keiko Matsui - Deep Blue (2001) {HDCD, Japan}

Keiko Matsui - Deep Blue (2001) {HDCD, Japan}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 269 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 127 Mb
Full Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 73 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Crossover Jazz, Fusion, Smooth Jazz, New Age | Planet Joy Records #PJCD 1002

Keiko Matsui's last album, 2000s Whisper From the Mirror, was picked up and reissued by the Narada label in 2001, and Narada is also releasing her 12th album, Deep Blue. It's an appropriate match-up for the Japanese pianist, since Narada is known primarily as a new age label, and, though her records are being released on its Narada Jazz imprint, "new age" is actually the best category to place her in. From the start of her career, Matsui has been shelved under "jazz," but that has always been more a marketing ploy than anything else, and never more so than on Deep Blue. Her compositions are melodic tunes, many of which sound like songs without lyrics, while others seem like soundtrack excerpts from a film not yet made.