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Certified: Ronin Arkestra, Mark de Clive-Lowe’s Japanese Jazz Supergroup

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Certified is a series on Bandcamp where we spotlight artists whose work we think is worthy of additional attention.

“I grew up biculturally and bilingually,” explains Mark de Clive-Lowe, the half-Japanese, half-New Zealander keyboardist and producer behind the Tokyo-based jazz collective Ronin Arkestra. “It was always there, but it was just what I was; it was something I took for granted, to be honest. I didn’t really know how to share that through my art.” 

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Tony Higgins and Mike Peden’s BBE Celebrates Japan’s Rich Jazz History

Japan-jazz-1244Last year, acclaimed British label BBE released the acclaimed compilation J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969 – 1984, which featured rare Japanese jazz selections compiled by genre aficionados Tony Higgins and Mike Peden. Earlier this month, they released a new installment in the series, with tracks by Nobuo Hara, Teru Sakomoto, and more.

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The Unlikely Story of Tohru Aizawa Quartet’s Obscure Japanese Jazz Classic

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Consider Japan a jazz Arcadia. To a certain type of genre geek, it’s the harmonious land where a wealth of phenomenal music exists—music that’s long been inaccessible to Western ears. Collectors scour Japan’s cities and the furthest reaches of the Internet for these recordings, many of which received tiny print runs before disappearing for good. It’s also a place that, from about a half-decade ago, was producing some of the most interesting jazz on the planet.

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