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Dancing Kojiki by Yamashita Yosuke Trio
A Jazzy Document in 1969
Date:24, Mar, 2012
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Having lived in Japan for a while, you must know Morita Kazuyoshi alias Tamori. He, Morita Kazuyoshi, is a popular comedian and MC in Japan. But there would be few people who know how come he got in the show biz world.

In 1972, Morita Kazuyoshi had drifted from job to job. Then, he met a jazz musician in Fukuoka, Japan. The man liked Morita, and a drinking group included the man decided to invite him to Tokyo. In Tokyo, Morita was loved by a popular manga artist, Akatsuka Fujio. Under producing of Akatsuka, he had polished up his performance skills. And Kuroyanagi Tetsuko found him interesting. Kuroyanagi invited him to a famous TV program, Tetsuko no Heya though he was just a salaried worker at that time. Thus, he entered the show business field.

Dancing Kojiki -cardboard jackets-
Released on Oct. 24 2008
Originally Released in 1969
Who on the earth was the jazz musician that found Morita Kazuyoshi in Fukuoka? It is Yamashita Yosuke, a popular jazz pianist and an author in Japan. Without him, we cannot talk about any history of Japanese jazz. You would see the reason also from Dancing Kojiki, it is the first album by Yamashita Yosuke Trio, which was recorded and released in 1969. By the way, the trio consisted of piano, drums and sax.

Student activities and political fights were more furious at the time than these days in Japan. A part of Waseda University was blocked with some barricade and there Yamashita Yosuke Trio played jazz. Dancing Kojiki is a record of that incident.

The sound is not just nostalgic or so. A party of madness would be listened to. Playing piano with his elbows, it is peculiarity of his play, is recorded of course. Not just madness or fever at the time, the recorded music makes us relaxed because their performance is very marvelous as jazz music.

If you liked to know Japanese jazz deeper or tried to get Japanese modern history, Dancing Kojiki is the very album. Now in cardboard jackets, it is on sale.




Yamashita Yosuke Official Site(Japanese)






 

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