Archive for the ‘Jazz’ Category


Posted: May 29, 2019 in J-Pop, Jazz
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Mononkul ものんくる are an experienced musical duo consisting of Saya Yoshida 吉田沙良 (vocals) and Ryuta Tsunoda 角田隆太 (song, composer, & arrangements). Since 2013 they have performed a sophisticated jazz & pop style. They won first place in various jazz charts with Amazon, iTunes, and Apple Music.  Mononkul thoughtfully perform quality music with their unique sound. Latest CD: “RELOADING CITY” 9-5-2018 1, RELOADING CITY 2, evening setting 3, Apollo 4, if the magic is broken 5, HOT CV 6, RELOADING CITY (tofubeats remix) 7, I dream again and again. Recommended.










Asagaya Romantics  阿佐ヶ谷 ロマンティクス are an indie pop band from Tokyo that formed in 2014. Their upbeat and energetic sound is a mixture of pop, jazz, and with some reggae influences. The band members are: Tomoe Arisaka 有坂朋恵 (vocals), Tomoya Kishi 貴志朋矢 (guitar), Satoshi Hori 堀智史 (keyboard), Rie Furuya 古谷理恵 (drums), and Rie Homma 本間玲 (bass)They are worth listening to.

asagaya romantics


Posted: February 7, 2019 in J-Pop, Jazz
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Pomodorosa is a multi-talented artist who utilizes music, illustration, and fashion to create her own style and brand. In addition, Pomodorosa performs the guitar, bass, and sax when creating her music. She drew her own illustrations for her songs and they compliment her art and vision. Some of my favorite songs of Pomodorosa include: 1. Parapluie Rouge a French chanson song 2. 霹靂 3. 秋空サウダーヂ 4. 桜前線 5. ブルボン Recommended.




Kaho Nakamura 中村佳穂 is a very spirited indie pop singer-songwriter from Kyoto. She often improvises on the piano or synthesizer that creates her own style which makes her music memorable. Kaho rich sound is a mixture of rap, pop, soul, hip-hop, and jazz and doesn’t seem interested in self promotion.  Recommended.

Ayumi Koketsu 纐纈歩美 is an accomplished and sophisticated alto saxophone player based out of Tokyo. She learned the trombone from her father and has performed as a jazz musician for almost ten years. I recently attended the Yokohama Jazz Promenade in October 2017 and there were equally talented jazz musicians there also. She recorded her 7th album called “Aquarelle” 10-18-2017 in which she wrote most of the songs. Songs from Aquarelle: 1. Twin Birds 2. Lunelle 3. Sequoia 4. Black Canvas 5. Autumn Nocturne 6. Wow 7. Rainy Day 8. Subtract 9. Lester’s Blues. Recommended and worth listening to.

A trumpet, Tsugaru Shamisen (three stringed Japanese Lute), cajón (a percussion instrument from Peru), and guitar work well together to create new musical sounds. Performers of video are: 小山豊 Yutaka Oyama ( Tsugaru Shamisen, 島裕介 Yusuke ShimaTrumpet, 齋藤純一 Junichi SaitoGuitar, andホセコロン Jose ColonCajon. “Sweet Esquiva” composed by Yusuke Shima.

Todoroki Jazz Records

CRCK/LCKS are a newly formed jazz group that performs a combination of jazz and pop. They have their own style and produce good music. The members of CRCK/LCKS are: 小西遼 ( Ryo Konishi ) – Sax, Vocoder, 小田朋美 ( Tomomi Oda ) – Vocal, Keys, 角田隆太 ( Ryuta Tsunoda) – Bass (from ものんくる), 井上銘  ( May Inoue) – Guitar, and 石若駿  ( Shun Ishiwaka) – Drumsmusic. Discography: Debut album CRCK/LCKS 4-20-2016  1. Goodbye Girl 2. いらない 3. 簡単な気持ち 4. スカル 5. 坂道と電線 6. クラックラックスのテーマ. Recommended.

CRCK/LCKS sampling