Yuji Imamura & Air - s/t. 1977 Japan

Yuji Imamura & Air - s/t. 1977 Three Blind Mice.

With the Holidays coming up, hopefully I'll have a little more time for posting on my three blogs. I've certainly fallen way behind here.

So let's continue our Japanese jazz rock theme with Yuji Imamura & Air.

CD reissues: 2001 Three Blind Mice; 2013 Sony/Three Blind Mice (mini-LP)

Packaging: As I just recently mentioned on the CDRWL, Three Blind Mice have gained a cult following amongst jazz rock aficionados. Original LPs are more scarce than expensive. The 2001 CD had become nigh impossible to find (believe me here, I was looking for it for about 4 years). So I was quite enthused to see a repress, this time in the mini-LP format. The cover is a standard single sleeve, so no real need for the upgrade if you already have the original CD. I was just glad to get any CD of it - and this is the copy I own.

Notes: Two side long tracks clearly influenced by the deep funk groove of mid 70s Miles Davis albums like "Dark Magus", "Agharta", and "Pangaea". No trumpet, but the saxophone is instead treated to sound similar. Much more flute and spaced out than classic Miles, but still plenty of wah wah guitar and dual percussion to get down with. A few jazzers from Japan were highly influenced by Miles Davis, and percussionist Imamura is one of the finest emulators I've heard to date. Good album.

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