Jan 06, 2021

Genres of Japanese Vinyl: Jazz

Jazz is one of the most popular genres on Japanese vinyl records.

There is a great selection: modern jazz, dixieland jazz, jazz vocal, European jazz, Japanese jazz, jazz funk, fusion, etc.

On this occasion, we would like to introduce some great facts about jazz records on Japanese vinyl.




1. Number of Titles

Jazz Record

Japanese people have adored jazz music for many decades.

Popular artists evidently are Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Chet Baker, Art Blakey, just to name a few.

Meanwhile, western jazz labels such as Blue Note, Prestige, Riverside, Impulse, Verve, ECM and so on remain very popular.

Essentially, Japanese pressings are reissues of American/European pressings.

However, Japanese pressed records have such a great lineup that even minor titles that are barely seen in its original press are widely available.

You can tell how much Japanese jazz companies were passionate about spreading good music, when you recognize the number of reprints of minor west jazz albums on Japanese vinyl.




2. The Sound Quality

Jazz Record

The sound quality of Japanese vinyl is revered by audiophiles all over the world. They are obsessed with its high sound quality.

There were also some jazz records issued in stereo on Japanese vinyl, despite its original pressings being monophonic.

For instance, Blue Note’s releases in the late 50s to early 60s were recorded with stereo equipment, but issued on mono pressing. Japanese label King Records manufactured stereo copies in the 70s and 80s for the first time in jazz history. Another strong reason why Japanese jazz records are in high demand and worth collecting.

Plus, Japanese people take delicate care of their records, especially jazz listeners. They keep their records in optimum condition over decades, maintaining near mint condition.




Jazz Record

There have been jazz LPs manufactured and released exclusively in Japan.

Blue Note’s World First Appearance series and Unissued Masters series are fine examples.

In 1979, King Records distributed Japanese pressings of Blue Note records, issuing 23 albums of Sonny Clark, Grant Green, Wayne Shorter, etc. Those recordings were not released in the US at the time. Despite Blue Note being an American label, these albums were officially released for the first time in Japan.

Both series continued until the early 80s, releasing a total of roughly 60 records.

Japanese jazz records are more valuable than other reissues for their superior sound quality, exclusive releases, history and so on. If you have never had the chance of owing any, why not start today.

From the most popular albums to rarities, Face Records has many kinds of jazz records on Japanese pressing.

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