Saturday, February 21, 2015

Be Hard Bop - New Stream In Jazz Vol. 2

Compilation series dedicated to the Golden Age of Japanese Jazz scene through the years 60-70's. This volume includes a collection of twenty one instrumentals & scat singing from Bossa Nova to Jazz Samba, performed by the main actors of the japanese Latin music "Boom" that occurred during the sixties and featuring Sadao Watanabe, Hiroshi Matsumoto, Masami Kawahara, Hiroshi Okazaki or Shungo Sawada. All tracks recorded between 1967-1974.  

Compiled & Mixed by Be Hard Bop

Be Hard Bop - Nippon Jazz Meets The Beatles

The classic covers of the Beatles performed by japanese Big Band & All-Stars Jazz from Soul Jazz, Hard Bop, Bossa Nova to Jazz Rock & Modal style. All tracks recorded between 1967-1971.

Compiled & Mixed by Be Hard Bop

Friday, February 13, 2015

Introducing EMPIRE OF SOUND/Out Of The Norm

Year : Spring 2015
Label : L'Autre Distribution
Genre : Hip-Hop
Style : Jazzy Hip-Hop, Soul/Hip-Hop
Website :

"EMPIRE OF SOUND was born from the meeting of MC Mattic (USA) and composer and pianist JUKE (FR), two artists who have discovered many affinities through their acute knowledge of Soul/Hip Hop music, and shared the same desire to create live hip-hop with a « real jazz band »."

  • Mattic, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, across the Atlantic, a student and master of writing and flow, joined « The Others » in his early career, where he would release his first album. Later, he decided to settle here in France and began a long series of collaborations and touring, in particular with Wax Tailor.
  • JUKE, meanwhile, lent his keyboard playing and made arrangements on many projects, but grew tired of working for others. He decided to call in an aesthetic all in its own, getting closer to its roots and its core music. He then contacted Mattic who immediately agreed to join forces with him. A strong bond was created between them, animated by the common desire to have their own universe, and limitless creative thirst in sound. EMPIRE OF SOUND was born.

"The duo was immediately joined by Romain Joutard (Drums), Julien Herné (Bass), Benoît Medrykowski (Guitar) and Lucas Saint-Cricq (Saxophone, Flute, DJ), four musicians who were also influenced by « Soul music ». In line with US hip-hop/jazz including The Roots, Robert Glasper Experiment or RH Factor, EMPIRE OF SOUND intends to awaken the European Rap scene, combining rich harmonies with a powerful groove, and well seasoned and cleverly constructed texts."


"Their first album « OUT OF THE NORM » will be released in April 2015, with the participation of many prestigious guests, and their first video clip « OUT OF THE NORM » directed by Jessy Nottola. The album is both  live, very well arranged and recorded in pure analog,  with quality and warmth surprises in sound. The group can already begin to claim an identity, an audible and visual aesthetics marked demanding attention of all."
                                                                              We present EMPIRE OF SOUND

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Be Hard Bop - New Stream In Jazz

First volume introducing the compilation series dedicated to the Golden Age of Japanese Jazz scene through the years 60-70's. Titles include Japanese rare groove from Soul Jazz to Hard Bop released by some of Japanese Jazz Giants, under the famous J-Jazz labels as Nippon Columbia & its Takt Jazz Series, TBM, King Records or Toshiba Pro Use Series. All tracks recorded between 1967-1975.

Compiled & Mixed by Be Hard Bop

Monday, February 9, 2015

Takeshi Inomata - Drum Shot

Year : 1968
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Takt Jazz Series
Genre : Jazz
Style : Hard Bop, Free Improvisations

Recorded in the late 1967, the modern jazz album, Drum Shot from Mr. Drum, Takeshi Inomata, has benefited to sophisticated arrangements produced by Norio Maeda, involving a rhythm section formed with Sadanori Nakamure & Tatsuro Takimoto, the saxophonist Saijō Kōnosuke and four trombonists in addition including Hiroshi Suzuki. Takeshi Inomata explores here all structures of jazz, using variety of rhythms with free forms expressions & syncopated drum beats, speaking through titles as the drum solo sessions (Drum Shot & Hole Out), the Maeda/Inomata duo, Birdie, Whitlow's March & Maeda standard Go Go A Go Go. All tracks arranged & composed by Norio Maeda except Drum Shot & Friends composed by Takeshi Inomata.

Takeshi Inomata_drums
Tatsuro Takimoto_bass 
Norio Maeda_piano 
Saijō Kōnosuke_tenor saxophone
Sadanori Nakamure_guitar
Hiroshi Suzuki_trombone

01. Drum Shot                               
02. Birdie                               
03. Friends (
04. Whitlow's March                               
05. Singing On A Cab                               
06. A Pig Of Shylock                               
07. Unlucky Seven                               
08. Go Go A Go Go                               
09. Hole Out 


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Cast Five - Popsound N. 1

Year : 2014/1971
Label : Sonor Music Editions/Flirt Records
Genre : Jazz, Stage&Screen
Style : Pop, Jazz Rock, Soul Jazz, Psychedelic

Out of the darkness thanks to "Speedball Experience", a compilation released in the mid 90's gathering obscure pop jazz songs from early 70's italian music library, including "Diatomea" & "Gospel 71", the most wanted library album "Popsound N. 1" was finally reissued by the "Sonor Music Editions", a label dedicated to the italian library music. Originally first released on "Flirt" records in 1971, "Popsound N. 1" includes psychedelic grooves (Quadrante, Diatomea or Esse 4), Soul Jazz (Rifrazione, Conker) and Funky sounds (Pacific 2000, Gospel 71), all recorded by a trio of italian compositors formed by Ernesto Nicelli, Stellio Subelli & Pasquale Castiglione.

01. Charming
02. Quadrante
03. Curly
04. Derrick
05. Rifrazione
06. Diatomea
07. Esse 4
08. Fiordaliso
09. Conker
10. Pacific 2000
11. Gospel 71
12. Simply
13. Eliotropio 

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