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File under: Spiritual Jazz

Eiji Nakayama

Aya's Samba

Label: Ultra-Vybe, Solid Records

Format: CD

Genre: Jazz

In stock

CD reissue of Eiji Nakayama’s incredible 1978 album, a crate diggers dream find for many years, this is deep spiritual jazz, post-modal impressionism and grooves at the top

Johnny's Disk record is an independent jazz label, run by the owner of jazz cafe Kaiunbashi No Johnny located in Rikuzentakata City in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. The legendary label released a string of albums of high-quality, but down-to-earth music, spanning from modern jazz, avant-garde jazz to left-field pop. Albums such as Farewell My Johnny / Left Alone (1980) and Aya's Samba (1978) have reached cult status among fans as some of the best works to come out of the Japanese jazz scene. The Japanese jazz classic, Aya's Samba, was a debut effort by bassist Eiji Nakayama, who played as part of Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine and toured with Don Friedman. This album is an important release in the Johnny's Disk catalog, not only because it is the first ever release, but also because the owner hearing the band play was the reason why the label came to be. Aya's Samba is a mellow jazz samba in minor key that's considered a Japanese jazz classic. Slow ballad "Yellow Living" is drenched in melancholy with emotive keys and sax notes.

File under: Spiritual Jazz
Cat. number: UVWA-0026, CDSOL-1344
Year: 2021
Recorded on February 22, 1978 at 開運橋のジョニー (Jazz Cafe Johnny) Originally issued as JD-1. In jewel case with obi. Tri-fold insert includes three sets of liner notes in Japanese. Reissued in the Nippon Jazz Spirits series. Only the obi carries the UVWA-0026 cat. no. All other paper parts and discs carry the 2010 cat. no., CDSOL-1344. Obi includes information of a mail-order CD offer. A bonus mini calendar card (88 x 63mm) was available to customers with purchase.

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