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Yuji Imamura as he is now.
Yasuo Shimura – soprano sax, synthesizer, flute
Renkichi Hayashi – guitar, sanza
Nobuyoshi Ino – bass, synthesizer, percussion, cello
Hiroshi Murakami – drums, percussion
Yuji Imamura – congas, tablas, percussion

During my research for Japrocksampler, I encountered the superb www.kosmigroov.com - a collective of funkonauts and '70s obsessives dedicated to locating lost rare grooves. They named this record by Air as one of the essential lost albums to fly the flag for Miles Davis's 1975 punk-funk ensemble. I have never found this record, though have occasionally seen it listed as being ‘By Yuji Imamura’. The proposed reissue at the end of the quote below has not yet happened but I'd suggest that the climate has changed and expect to see it surface soon.

This is what kosmigroov.com wrote:

“This Japanese quintet of Yasuo Shimura, Renkichi Hayashi, Nobuyoshi Ino, Hiroshi Murakami, and Yuji Imamura continued to preach the gospel of Get Up With It, years after even Miles himself lost the faith. Yessir, this is elevated music, pure in spirit and intention and absolutely mindblowing in effect. Air's sole (eponymous) album is two sidelong cuts of psychedelic electric jazz, testified by five heads who mix Eastern and Western instrumentation into a thick brew of prime Kozmigroov: ringmodulated guitar lines, windchime swirls, ARP dissonance, deep bass echoes, wood flute invocations, processed saxophone, tape effects, subtly assertive grooves, omnipresent layers of percussion... mercy! The brazen shuffle which seizes the last quarter of the record actually reaches the same jazz/rock peak intensity of Jack Johnson's "Right Off." Three Blind Mice are an audiophile label who've reissued an armful of their back-catalog titles on compact disc. Although this album still awaits aluminum rebirth as of May 1999, Takeshi "Tee" Fujii (TBM prez) has promised an XRCD version.”

Yuji Imamura plays congas on the LP TARO’S MOOD by Terumasa Hino.

Julian Cope
  • AIR (Three Blind Mice, 1977)
  • Air - AIRAIR

  • Yuji Imamura as he is now.
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