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Yoshizawa was a highly respected free jazz bass player, whose career spanned from the late ‘60s right up to his death in the 1990s. A hugely inventive artist, Yoshizawa played an upright electric 5-string bass of his own construction, and worked with such players as Barre Philips, Keith Tippetts, Derek bailey and Fred Frith.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
This ensemble was said to have recorded one LP ELEVATION that was arranged by Masahiko Satoh. It was released on Toshiba Express records in 1970.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Kasutoshi Morizono – guitar, vocals
Kazuo Nakamura – bass, vocals
Daiji Okai – drums, tubular bells, percussion
Hidemi Sakashita – piano, e. piano, Mellotron, Mini-Moog (joined ’71)

This Tokyo quartet began in 1970 as 'San-Nin' (the trio), with Kasutoshi Morizono on guitar and vocals, Kazuo Nakamura o bass and vocals, and Daiji Okai on drums. In early 1971, they were joined by keyboard player Hidemi Sakashita, and thereafter took the name Yonin-Bayashi, which is old Japanese for 'quartet. The band's first gig was at the Satsuki-Sai (May Festival) at Tokyo University, on May 1971. Yonin-Bayashi released several LPs during the 1970s, one of which - ISHOKU-SOKUHATSU - is at number 48 in Japrocksampler's Top 50.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
On April 12th 1969, this now forgotten Kyoto band and two others (Mustang and Mustapha) supported Les Rallizes Denudes at the legendary BARRICADES-A-GO-GO, an event held in the basement of Building A, at Kyoto’s Doshisha University.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
This former Group Sounds star lead guitarist had his career scuppered when, at the turn of the 1970s, he had the misfortune to meet and form a group with one Chahbo, who could neither sing nor write songs. As two-fifths of the rock band Murahatchibu, the two became infamous as the druggiest and most under-achieving pair since late first period Aerosmith. Unlike Perry and Tyler, however, these two never even released a full LP.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
In the latter days of Flower Travellin' Band, singer Joe Yamanaka was groomed for super stardom, and equipped with a band of musicians that included Klaus Voorman and Jim Keltner. Unfortunately, his solo music is outside the scope of most Japrocksampler readers.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Stomu Yamash’ta – percussion
Takehisa Kosugi – violin
Masahiko Satoh – organ
Hideakira Sakurai – koto, shamisen, percussion

Stomu Yamash'ta & the Horizon was a supergroup formed in 1971 by the young percussionist prodigy Yamash'ta, with jazz keyboardist Masahiko Satoh and Taj Mahal Travellers' leader Takehisa Kosugi. The ensemble released only one LP on London Records, the highly-rare SUNRISE FROM WEST SEA LIVE. Indeed, I'd never even heard this record until recently, when the Seth Man furnished me with a copy. It's a highly restrained affair for the majority of the record, minor glimpses of Taj Mahal Travellers here and there, but mainly not much going on at all in a gagaku sort of style.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Masahiko Satoh – piano
Stomu Yamash’ta – percussion
Miyama Toshiyuki & the New Herd Orchestra – backing

This album was composed by Masahiko Satoh, and appears at number 34 in Japrocksamper's Top 50.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
The story of Stomu Yamashita appears in Chapter 11 of Japrocksampler.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Bass player Tetsu Yamauchi was born in 1946, in Fukuoka, and is best known for his brief ‘70s careers in Free, whom he joined after Andy Fraser quit, and The Faces, after the departure of Ron Wood. Tetsu first made his name in the Japanese folk rock band The Mikes, before joining Miki Curtis’ New Rock combo Samurai in late 1968, just as the band embarked on a European tour. In London, Samurai recorded two LPs SAMURAI and KAPPA and two 45s ‘Good Morning, Starshine’ and ‘Shu Shu’, before returning to Japan. In 1972, the bass player recorded a solo LP of mainly acoustic original songs, entitled TETSU for Columbia Nippon, before being contacted by old friend drummer Simon Kirke, who asked him to replace the departing Andy Fraser.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007