Kohsuke Mine - First - 2 x 45rpm LPs

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2021 reissue

BBE Music present the latest in the acclaimed J Jazz Masterclass Series: Kohsuke Mine First, the debut album by one of the leading artists in the new wave of modern jazz that swept Japan in the late 60s and early 70s. First epitomizes the shifting sound of the Japanese modern jazz scene of the time, characterized by rich textures and tones, kinetic rhythms, punctuated by urgent, angular melody lines.

Reissued for the first time since original 1970 release, Mine is joined by master keyboard player Masabumi Kikuchi on electric piano, and two American players - bassist Larry Ridley and drummer Lenny McBrowne - to deliver one of the strongest debuts in the J Jazz canon. First announced the arrival of a serious talent, one who was to be a hugely influential figure in the Japanese jazz scene across the decade that followed and beyond. First established an artist who built a reputation for standout albums spanning spiritual jazz, post-bop, modal and funk-fusion. All of that started here, on this exemplary album.

The vinyl edition is presented as a double album, cut at 45rpm by the Grammy-nominated Carvery, with full original reproduction artwork, including obi strip. Vinyl comes with a 4500 word sleeve note and interview with Kohsuke Mine by Tony Higgins, plus artist portraits by Shigeru Uchiyama. J Jazz Masterclass Series is curated by Tony Higgins and Mike Peden for BBE Music.

Part of BBE Music's J Jazz Masterclass Series, exploring the finest Japanese jazz music from the '60s and '70s.


Kohsuke Mine     saxophone
Masabumi Kikuchi     electric piano
Larry Ridley     bass
Lenny McBrowne     drums


    Part Of The J Jazz Masterclass Series
    Double Vinyl LP
    Cut By Carvery
    Fully Reproduced Original Artwork
    OBI Strip
    4500-Word Sleeve Note
    Interview With Kohsuke Mine
    Artist Portraits by Shigeru Uchiyama



SKU 195497368457
Barcode # 195497368457
Brand BBE - Barely Breaking Even Records

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