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Soil & "Pimp" Sessions

Soil & "Pimp" Sessions (stylised as SOIL&"PIMP"SESSIONS) is a Japanese club jazz sextet who formed in Tokyo, Japan, in 2001.[1] They are known for their energetic live performances, having coined the term "death jazz" to describe their music.[2]

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Midorin, drummer for Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, in Iwaki, Fukishima, Japan
Background information
OriginTokyo, Japan
GenresJazz, punk jazz, bebop, bossa nova
Years active2001–present
LabelsJVC Music
Brownswood Recordings
Associated actsJ.A.M
Tabu Zombie
Akita Goldman
Past membersMotoharu



The band was born out of Tokyo's club scene, when Shacho and Tabu Zombie started including live jam sessions in DJ sets. Gradually the other members were invited, the band's line-up was finalised and the DJ sets dropped.

The band's live sets started to create a buzz on the Tokyo live scene, and in 2003 they became the first unsigned band to perform at Japan's Fuji Rock Festival. They were well received there and in the following months record companies were scrambling to offer contracts. JVC Victor won the battle, and summer 2004 saw the release of the mini-album Pimpin'.

The album was a critical and, for a jazz release, commercial success, and this together with constant touring paved the way for the release of their first full album, Pimp Master in early 2005. The album captures the power of their live performances as well as highlighting their individual musical talents. Two tracks in particular, "Waltz For Goddess" and their cover of "A Wheel Within a Wheel", caught the attention of DJs abroad, and they began to receive heavy air-play on Gilles Peterson's Worldwide radio program on BBC Radio 1 in the U.K.

Summer 2005 was a busy time for the band, with the release of their second mini-album, Summer Goddess, and their first live dates outside Japan. Gilles Peterson invited them to play at Cargo in London, and Jazzanova invited them to play in Berlin.

They spent the rest of the year touring in Japan and Europe, and they were also featured in the live broadcast of the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards in 2005, where they were awarded the John Peel Play More Jazz Award.

A second full album, Pimp of the Year, was released in spring 2006, showcasing innovations that showed a development of their sound, as well as one or two tracks that marked a new departure.

2006 also saw the official release of Pimp Master in Europe on Compost Records and the UK on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings label. They continued touring constantly throughout the year, taking in Britain, Italy, France,Serbia, Belgium, Germany, Slovakia and Croatia, as well as an appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

March 2007 saw the release of their third full album, Pimpoint, on the Victor Entertainment label, which features thirteen tracks.

Soil & "Pimp" Sessions' song "Paraiso" is the opening theme for the anime Michiko to Hatchin.

A side project, called "J.A.M.", was formed by members Josei (piano), Akita Goldman (double bass) and Midorin (drums) in 2007. The name of the band is derived from the first letters of each member's name. The project features a notable different sound, combining house, hip-hop and the "rocking jazz of now". The band has released three albums, with their first album, Just A Maestro, being released in 2008.[3]

"Agitator" Shacho announced during their performance at the Relentless Garage in London that their latest album 6 was due for release on 26 April 2010 in the United Kingdom. No other release locations were confirmed by him at the time.

On 8 December 2010, Soil and "Pimp" Sessions released their album, "SOIL&"PIMP"SESSIONS Presents STONED PIRATES RADIO", containing 20 tracks. All of the tracks (aside from the occasional skit tracks) are covers, arranged in various ways using their style. From reggae to calypso to their aggressive jazz sound, you can hear tracks like "Walkie-Talkie Man," "Beat It," and "Imagine."

Around September 2011, they announced that a new album will be released shortly, and that release was "MAGNETIC SOIL", containing all new material of 15 tracks (except track 2 is their rendition of the Brecker Brothers' piece "Some Skunk Funk"), including a new version of the track "Summer Goddess."

On August 7, 2013, they released their ninth album, Circles,[4] which featured collaborations with Japanese artists from various genres, including Miyavi, Rhymester and Ringo Sheena. The album also featured a track, titled "Summer Love", featuring American Jazz hip-hop vocalist José James.[5] Tim Conley aka MAST plays guitar on track 8 "記憶の旅 (Kioku no Tavi)".

At the end of 2016, Motoharu (Sax) left the band and they entered a "charging phase", meaning they were on hiatus. In 2017, the band returned without Motoharu with the release of their album "Music from and inspired by Hello Harinezumi".


Former MembersEdit

  • Motoharu (深田元晴), born June 29, 1973, in Nayoro, Hokkaido, saxophone


Studio albumsEdit

Year Album Information Oricon
2004 Pimpin'

260 2,000
2005 Pimp Master

  • Released: June 23, 2005
  • Label:
  • Formats: CD, digital download

80 8,300
2006 Pimp of the Year

  • Released: March 8, 2006
  • Label: Victor (VICL-61892)
  • Formats: CD, digital download

59 12,000
2007 Pimpoint

  • Released: March 7, 2007
  • Label:
    • Victor (VICL-61892)
    • Brownswood (BWOOD019CD)
  • Formats: CD, digital download

38 15,000
2008 Planet Pimp

  • Released: May 21, 2008
  • Label:
    • Victor (VICL-62828)
    • Brownswood (BWOOD033CD)
  • Formats: CD, digital download

33 12,000
2009 6

  • Released: September 16, 2009
  • Label:
    • Victor (VICL-63376)
    • Brownswood (BWOOD44CD)
  • Formats: CD, digital download

36 8,900
2010 Stoned Pirates Radio

  • Cover album
  • Released: December 8, 2010
  • Label: Victor (VICL-63684)
  • Formats: CD, digital download

79 3,400
2011 Magnetic Soil

  • Released: October 5, 2011
  • Label: Victor (VICL-63788)
  • Formats: CD, digital download

44 5,000
2013 Circles

  • Released: August 7, 2013
  • Label: Victor (VICL-64049 and VIZL-563)
  • Formats: CD, digital download

15 11,000
2014 Brothers & Sisters

  • Released: September 3, 2014
  • Label: Victor (VICL-64205 and VIZL-709)
  • Formats: CD, Vinyl, digital download

42 -
2016 Black Track

  • Released: April 6, 2016
  • Label: Victor (VICL-64559 and VIZL-947)
  • Formats:CD, digital download

19 -
2017 Music from and inspired by Hello Harinezumi

  • Released: August 23, 2017
  • Label: Victor (VICL-64835)
  • Formats:CD, digital download

91 -
2018 Dapper

  • Released: May 9, 2018
  • Label: Victor (VICL-64953 and VIZL-1327)
  • Formats:CD, digital download

25 -

Live albumsEdit

Year Album Information Oricon
2015 A Night in South Blue Mountain

  • Released: October 7, 2015
  • Label: Victor (VICL-70190)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Tracks:
  1. Suffocation (4:49)
  2. Jazz Crime (8:26)
  3. First Lady (8:35)
  4. Mr. Clean (9:29)
  5. Montara (7:31)
  6. Una Mas (9:59)
  7. Spartacus Love Theme (10:07)

70 -

Compilation albumsEdit

Year Album Information Oricon
2013 X: Chronicle of Soil & "Pimp" Sessions

  • Released: October 23, 2013
  • Label: Victor (VICL-61696)
  • Formats: CD, 2CD, digital download

43 3,800

Extended playsEdit

Year Album Information Oricon
2005 Summer Goddess

  • Released: July 21, 2005
  • Label: Victor (VICL-61696)
  • Formats: CD, digital download

153 3,700
2008 Live Session EP

  • Released: July 23, 2008
  • Label: Victor
  • Formats: Digital download (iTunes exclusive)


Singles as lead artistEdit

Release Title Notes Chart positions Oricon
Oricon singles charts
Billboard Japan Hot 100
2004 "Suffocaton" (サフォケーション, Safokēshon) Pimp Master
2006 "Crush!" 96 2,300 Pimp of the Year
2007 "Mashiroke" (マシロケ) 96 2,300 Pimpoint
2008 "Storm" 68 2,700 Planet Pimp
2009 "Paraiso" Digital download 6
"My Foolish Heart" Ringo Shiina collaboration, digital download 85
2011 "Movin'" feat. Maia Hirasawa 31 31 3,500 Magnetic Soil
2013 "Jazzy Conversation" (ジャズィ・カンヴァセイション, Jazi Kanvaseishon) feat. Rhymester 33 Circles
"Koroshiya Kiki Ippatsu" feat. Ringo Sheena 14 18 12,000

Singles as a featured artistEdit

Release Title Notes Chart positions Album
Oricon singles charts
Billboard Japan Hot 100
2006 "Karisome Otome (Death Jazz Ver.)" (カリソメ乙女, "Temporary Virgin") (Ringo Shiina x Soil & "Pimp" Sessions) Digital download Heisei Fūzoku
2011 "Battle Without Honor or Humanity" (Soil & "Pimp" Sessions with Tomoyasu Hotei) All Time Super Guest


  1. ^ "JVC Music: Soil & "Pimp" Sessions". (in Japanese). Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  2. ^ "JVC Music: Soil & "Pimp" Sessions". Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Official Profile". (in Japanese).
  4. ^ "CIRCLES [Regular Edition] SOIL&"PIMP"SESSIONS CD Album". 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  5. ^ "Official discography". Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "SOIL&"PIMP"SESSIONSのリリース一覧" [Soil & "Pimp" Sessions Releases at a glance]. Oricon. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d e "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved January 28, 2012. (subscription only)
  8. ^ a b "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard.

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