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Jiro Inagaki

Woodstock Generation (LP)


Black Vinyl. For more than 20 years, Cinedelic has gained a remarkable reputation for illuminating unexpected trajectories within the world of avant-garde sound. While the primary body of their efforts has been dedicated to reissuing unconventional soundtracks and Italian library music, increasingly they’ve been casting their eye abroad. This was partially noteworthy with the launch of their Orient Series in 2021, which endeavors to make seminal gestures of historic Japanese music available to a wider audience.

Finally this lost gem left by Jiro Inagaki's Soul Media has been repressed on vinyl thanks to Cinedelic Records. "Woodstock Generation" is a masterpiece of Japanese jazz/rock funk/soul that it is even considered better then the acclaimed "Head Rock" in terms of perfection. Surely there are many points in common between the two albums, which were recorded just months apart during 1970. Hidden behind "The Soul Medium" is saxophonist Jiro Inagaki, an iconic figure of the japanese Jazz Rock scene during the late '60s and early '70s. Jiro is supported by his legendary quintet, Soul Media, in their first incarnation featuring Ryo Kawasaki (guitar), Yasuo Arakawa (bass), Masaru Imada (organ) and Sadakazu Tabata (drums), with Tetsuo Fushimi and Shunzo Ohno on trumpet.

"Woodstock Generation" is a tribute album to the legendary festival, and includes covers of songs originally performed on stage by Sly & Family Stone ("I Want To Take You Higher") The Who ("Summertime Blues") or Ten Years After ("Spoonful") but also "Woodstock" (written by Joni Mitchell espexially for the festival) and "Mamma Told Me (Not To Come)" written by Randy Newman for Eric Burdon and The Animals.

Cat. number: CNLP66
Year: 2022

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