Kyoto Jazz Massive

Kyoto Jazz Massive is a Japanese musical project specialising in crossover jazz and electronic styles. The group was formed in 1994 and consists of brothers Shuya[1] and Yoshihiro Okino. They have also included Hajime Yoshizawa, a piano producer, on a number of works.[2] Although the brothers DJed in the late 1980s and were remixing and composing as far back as the early 1990s, they were largely popularised by the British Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson around 2001.[3] The band is signed to Compost Records.[citation needed]

Kyoto Jazz Massive
Shuya Okino of Kyoto Jazz Massive bending over a keyboard onstage, wearing a t-shirt, sunglasses, and ball cap
Shuya Okino of Kyoto Jazz Massive, 2008
Background information
GenresCrossover jazz
Years active1994–present
LabelsCompost
MembersShuya Okino
Yoshihiro Okino

BackgroundEdit

Brothers Shuya and Yoshihiro Okino, both DJs and remixers in Kyoto, formed the project in 1994. They released their debut album, Spirit of the Sun, in 2002.[4] In 2015, to celebrate their 20-year anniversary, the duo put together a full jazz band, titled Kyoto Jazz Sextet.[5] Their debut album, Unity, came out in 2017.[6][7]

Shuya Okino also runs a music venue in Shibuya, Tokyo, called The Room.[8]

Partial discographyEdit

Kyoto Jazz MassiveEdit

Studio albums

  • Spirit of the Sun (2002)

EPs

  • Kyoto Jazz Massive (1994)

Singles

  • "Mind Expansions" (2002)

Compilations

  • Kyoto Jazz Massive (1994)
  • Fueled for the Future (2000)
  • Crossbreed (2000)
  • Crossbreed 2 (2001)
  • RE KJM (2004)
  • FOR KJM (2004)
  • BY KJM (2005)
  • 10th Anniversary (2006)

Kyoto Jazz SextetEdit

  • Unity (2017)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Shuya Okino". ryukoku-koyukai.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Hajime Yoshizawa". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Gilles Peterson & Shuya Okino (Kyoto Jazz Massive)". worldwidefm.net. 27 November 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Spirit of the Sun". forcedexposure.com. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Kyoto Jazz Sextet". timeout.com. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Kyoto Jazz Sextet". timeout.com (in Japanese). 25 May 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Kyoto Jazz Sextet - Unity". discogs.com. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  8. ^ "The Room". trulytokyo.com. Retrieved 16 February 2021.

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