Japanese Rock and related

"Originally released on the Iskra label in 1975, Improvisation Sep. 1975 is a mind-bending slice of drone improv from two of Japan's post-war heavyweights; former John Cage student, Juilliard graduate, and Yoko Ono's former husband, Toshi Ichiyanagi...

A real rarity of the Japanese scene (and being from 1971, quite early in the Japanese scene).

Takeshi Inomata is a well known and legendary name in Japanese music whose earlier albums mixed jazz and rock in a pretty far out and unusual way...

"Indifferent is only the second studio release from Japanese symph-rockers Interpose+, but quite a bit of history lies behind this group: formed in the mid-1980s by guitarist Kenji Tanaka and drummer Katsu Sato, Interpose performed in a variety of...

Released at the same time as Korekyojinn's Doldrums album and featuring the same instrumentation: Yoshida Tatsuya / drums, Nasuno Mitsuru / bass, Kita Naoki / violin, Murakami Naoki / guitar, this is a very different release, having a loose, more....

"Keyboardist and former member of the Far East Family Band, Akira Ito embarked on a solo career making what has been described as "floating electronics," using a medley of analog synths, guitar, bass, drums, and choral vocals. He released Japanesque...

"The second in a series of releases by the legendary downtown pioneer Teiji Ito presents his postmodern masterpiece Tenno, blending Japanese, African, Carribean and Western musical instruments with sound effects, voice and electronics to create...

"The fifth CD in Tzadik’s initiative to make available the music of Teiji Ito presents his undisputed masterpiece Watermill. Created in 1971 for the controversial ballet by Jerome Robbins and named for the town on Long Island where Robbins had a...

Karuna Khyal's album Alomoni 1985, originally released on Voice Records around 1976, is widely acknowledged as years ahead of its time, preceding other Japanese underground experimental outfits such as Fushitsusha and White Heaven by almost 20 years...

Karuna Khyal's album Alomoni 1985, originally released on Voice Records around 1976, is widely acknowledged as years ahead of its time, preceding other Japanese underground experimental outfits such as Fushitsusha and White Heaven by almost 20 years...

"After the release of the Challenge album in 1969 by the proto Flower Travellin' Band, Yuya Uchida brought in Kuni Kawachi, organist and leader of The Happenings Four. They spent the early part of 1970 putting together a series of recordings which were...

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"After the release of the Challenge album in 1969 by the proto Flower Travellin' Band, Yuya Uchida brought in Kuni Kawachi, organist and leader of The Happenings Four. They spent the early part..

"This is a two-fer reissue of early '70s Japanese underground rock albums Love Suki Daikirai and Kirikyogen, featuring Kuni Kawachi & Flower Travelling Band. Recorded in 1970, the tone of Kirikyogen is cast in a shadow, and it seeps through the...

Well known Japanese fusion guitarist who may be best known in the USA for his tenure with Elvin Jones' electric band in the mid-70's (I saw them open for Charles Mingus in NYC in spring, 1976!) "Ryo Kawasaki is a legendary jazz/fusion guitarist still g...

Well known Japanese fusion guitarist who may be best known in the USA for his tenure with Elvin Jones' electric band in the mid-70's (I saw them open for Charles Mingus in NYC in spring, 1976!). This live album is a great introduction to his work; it b...

Note: this is NOT a CD. This is a music DVD (not DVD Audio), which contains music in full res and high quality mp3 versions of six full unreleased live recordings and contains over 2 1/2 hours of music. Note that there are no moving images on this DVD...

"3 CDs! 215 minutes! The super improvisational duo of astonishment's 2nd feature. With guests Umezu, Kazutoki, Satou Kenji, Nasuno Mitsuru, Komori Keiko and Yamamoto Seichi"

Second by this Japanese instrumental quartet, this is co-released with Poseidon Productions. "Current Japanese group led by the talented Akihisa Tsuboy (violin and guitar), KBB has given us...a brilliant and colorful work that combines the earthy power...

NEARfest 2006 will get off to a rousing start with the fiery symphonic fusion Japanese quartet KBB. Led by the alternately subtle and searing electric violin work of Akihisa Tsuboy, contrasted with the outstanding Keith Emerson- and Dave Stewart-influe...

The first album, released in 2000, by this very good Japanese instrumental progressive/fusion quartet, featuing the excellent violinist Akihisa Tsuboy (who also wrote all the pieces here), Gregory Suzuki-keyboards, Dani-bass and Shirou Sugano-drums...

Third studio album and the first after knocking the audience out at NEARFest 2006 by this instrumental progressive/fusion band from Japan that features violin, keyboards, bass and drums...

Hot instrumental Japanese fusion trio on guitars/synths, bass and drums. While everybody plays well, the emphasis is on the soaring guitar work. Maybe a bit comparable to mid 90's style Kenso with much less emphasis on keyboards, and with a bit of Bran...


''Enigmatic'' noise-making musician/guitarist Haino is the man of the moment in certain circles. This is performed mostly on hand percussion & ''impassioned'' vocals. I dunno; I thought this was pretty much a big wank! [Tzadik]

Haino Keiji is a mysterious psychedelic minstrel who has been performing his peculiar blend of rock, medieval music and improvisation since the early 1970s. Incredibly prolific, he has headed dozens of bands and released hundreds of CDs on a variety of...

A 1999 studio album from this long-lived Japanese instrumental fusion/progressive band is also their most perplexing, as it's really basically a heavy rock album. A really *good* heavy rock album, but a heavy rock album nonetheless. I quite liked this ...


Thi is a sealed promo. There is also a small dent in the traycard and obi. Out of print.

"Osamu Kitajima's Benzaiten was originally released in 1976. Benzaiten is world music and ethno sounds with an obvious Japanese origin, meeting progressive rock and psych rock. The result is a captivating piece of melodic and deeply atmospheric music that paints pictures of life in ancient Japan. If Pink Floyd were Japanese, their music might have sounded like this album. The frequency of the arrangements on Benzaiten is reminiscent of what English prog bands created in the early to mid '70s, just with...

"A reissue of the second release by Osamu Kitajima's Masterless Samurai, originally released in 1980. A more world music and definitely a more progressive fusion rock approach is what defines Masterless Samurai, the second album by Japanese prog warrior Osamu Kitajima. On Masterless Samurai, he takes his vision of merging Japan's traditional music with progressive rock and jazz music of the west even one step further than he did with his previous albums. Excessive flute lines of Eastern origin, funky...

Yes, nowadays it's easy to laugh at the image of the long flowing hair of the Japanese man sitting tranquilly cross-legged on the floor, but remember that Kitaro was a founding member of the Far East Family Band in the 70s and an important part of the...

Kodo is a Japanese drumming ensemble based on the island of Sado. They tour constantly, and have performed on all continents except Antartica. They are famous for their unbelievably PHYSICAL performances on these huge huge huge drums. Anyone who has se...

This is the third (and only currently available) DVD by Koenjihyakkei. As usual, this is a wild race into Zeuhl territory, with all the throbbing bass, wild, Vander-inspired drumming, & Kobaian-via-Japan singing you could hope for. This is the most...

This is a reissue of the unavailable 3rd release by this Ruins offshoot project, led by Tatsuya Yoshida-drums, vocals, with Jin Harada-guitar, Sakamoto Kengo- bass, Oguchi Kenichi-keyboards (of Kenso) & Sagara Nami (soprano voice). While not quite...

“I’m probably going out on a limb here, but from my vantage point, this is not only the most brilliant of all of contemporary Japanese bands, but perhaps the greatest group currently operating in the world.” –Alternative Press.

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A second CD of astounding vocal acrobatics by one of the most original singers in the world. A master of every conceivable vocal technique both imaginable and unimaginable, Makigami fuses the avant garde with Tuuvan throat singing, cartoon music, Japan...

''Makigami Koichi is an incredible vocalist and performer, employing creative and versatile techniques blending Japanese traditions and Tuvan throat-singing with rock and avant garde. Kuchinoha, his first album for solo voice, contains 9 improvisations...

"Composer/producer/actor/director/vocalist extraordinaire Makigami Koichi is one of Japan’s most charismatic performers. His solo vocal pyrotechnics and dynamic band Hikashu have thrilled audiences the world over. Combining extended vocal techniques...

"Toshinori Kondo, a highly-acclaimed Japanese electric trumpeter, has been playing and recording all over the world with musicians as diverse as Bill Laswell (bass), John Zorn (saxophone), Derek Bailey (guitar), Herbie Hancock (keyboard), Peter...

This is the 2nd release - and my personal favorite - by this excellent Japanese band featuring drummer Yoshida Tatsuya, leader of Ruins and Koenjihyakkei, & also featuring guitarist Kido Natsuki [Bondage Fruit] and bassist Nasuno Mitsuru [Altered State...

This is the latest and fifth studio release from this super wonderful Japanese power trio of amazing drummer Yoshida Tatsuya, leader of Ruins and Koenjihyakkei, mighty guitarist Kido Natsuki [Bondage Fruit] and astounding bassist bassist Nasuno Mitsuru...

This is the 3rd release from this this excellent instrumental Japanese band featuring drummer Yoshida Tatsuya, leader of Ruins and Koenjihyakkei, & also featuring guitarist Kido Natsuki [Bondage Fruit] and bassist Nasuno Mitsuru [Altered States]. This ...

A new band from Yoshida Tatsuya, leader of Ruins, & featuring guitarist Kido Natsuki [Bondage Fruit]. ''...a burning instrumental trio mixing the raw power of rock music, the wild edge of improvisation and the complex stop on a dime compositional struc...

This is the 5th release from this this excellent instrumental Japanese 'progressive jazz rock band focused on polyrhythms' featuring drummer Yoshida Tatsuya, leader of Ruins and Koenjihyakkei, & also featuring guitarist Kido Natsuki [Bondage Fruit] and bassist Nasuno Mitsuru [Altered States]. This band is one of my favorite things that Yoshida is involved with - and heaven knows that he's involved with a lot of good stuff! The CD is based on improvisational sessions and includes a couple of tracks with...

Yoshida Tatsuya : percussion
Kido Natsuki : acoustic guitar
NasunoMitsuru : fretless bass
Miyamoto Rei : violin on track 2,4,6,8,10

Well, not 100% and strictly acoustic, but compared to the usual bone-crushing density of these guys, it's close enough.
Here's a bunch of yours and my favorites from this powerhouse outfit, performed in a very different way.

"Takehisa Kosugi is an inter-media artist and performer who started his career back in the '60s in Tokyo. With his first band Group Ongaku (free anarchist-conceptual improvisations) he was introduced to the Fluxus avant-garde movement. During the '70s...

Lite is a Japanese instrumental post-rock/math-rock quartet of dual guitars, bass and drums. This rocks from beginning to end and will appeal to fans of Don Caballero, King Crimson, Sleeping People, Upsilon Acrux, etc. Great stuff and nice cover too...

Famous, often great, sometimes lackluster, 1971 psych/freak Jap-rock classic with Chito Kawachi (drums), Hiro Yanagida (keyboards), Kimio Mizutani (guitar), Kosuke Ichihara (saxophone, flute), Masaoki Terakawa (bass), Naomi Kawahara (percussion), Takao...Justly famous, often great, sometimes lacklaster, 1971 psych/freak Jap-rock classic with Chito Kawachi (drums), Hiro Yanagida (keyboards), Kimio Mizutani (guitar), Kosuke Ichihara (saxophone, flute), Masaoki Terakawa (bass), Naomi Kawahara (percussion)...

Famous, often great, sometimes lackluster, 1971 psych/freak Jap-rock classic with Chito Kawachi (drums), Hiro Yanagida (keyboards), Kimio Mizutani (guitar), Kosuke Ichihara (saxophone, flute), Masaoki Terakawa (bass), Naomi Kawahara (percussion), Takao...

Great second release from this high-energy Japanese instrumental ensemble of soprano and tenor sax, keyboards (mostly electric piano and organ), bass and drums, with guests on guitar and percussion. Their 2003 debut blew the minds of those who were luc...

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"The epitome of a cult artist (and a favorite of Julian Cope), the enigmatic Magical Power Mako (aka Makoto Kurita) has been sporadically releasing albums in his native Japan since 1974. This lavish numbered, limited edition 5CD set collects jams taped by him between 1972 and 1975, and comes complete with a full 12-page booklet. Encompassing psychedelic folk, Krautrock, electronica and fuzz guitar, the music's effect is frequently...