Japanese jazz and blues singer/songwriter/composer Maki Asakawa self-titled compilation gets a much-needed repress.
Oringinally released in 2015 by Honest Jons, this stunning survey provides a fascinating snapshot of the 1970s heyday of this great Japanese singer and countercultural icon.
Despite having recorded over 30 solo albums in a career that spanned more than 40 years she was mostly unknown to most but the die-hard fans.
Deep-indigo, dead-of-night enka, folk and blues, inhaling Billie Holiday and Nina Simone down to the bone. A traditional waltz abuts Nico-style incantation; defamiliarised versions of Oscar Brown Jr and Bessie Smith collide with big-band experiments alongside Shuji Terayama; a sitar-led psychedelic wig-out runs into a killer excursion in modal, spiritual jazz. Existentialism and noir, mystery and allure, hurt and hauteur.
The album comes with excellent notes by Alan Cummings and the fabulous photographs of Hitoshi Jin Tamura.
Listen to one of our favourite tracks ‘Blue Spirit Blues’ above and grab a copy here.
A1 – Nemuru No Ga Kowai
A2 – Chicchana Toki Kara (Live)
A3 – Blue Spirit Blues
A4 – Fushiawase To Iu Na No Neko
A5 – Govinda
B1 – Chicchana Toki Kara
B2 – Boro To Furutetsu
B3 – Aisa Nai No Aise Nai No
B4 – Uramado
B5 – Kamome
C1 – Machi
C2 – Gogo
C3 – Zenkamono No Christmas
C4 – Hikkoshi
D1 – Cabaret
D2 – Konna Funi Sugite Iku No Nara
D3 – Onna
D4 – Yuki Ga Furu