Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Soil & "Pimp" Sessions

Should tour the US with The Mars Volta, etc.

SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS is an explosive Japanese jazz band, comprised of six musicians; Shacho (agitator, spirit), Tabu zombie (trumpet), Motoharu (sax), Josei (piano), Akita Goldman (bass) and Midorin (drums).

At its core, the group is about giving pulsating live performances. SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS combine the highest musicianship with the coolest of cool sounds and atmosphere. Their brand of jazz is rough around the edges, unadulterated entertainment and constantly kept at boiling point.

Each member brings his own unique talent and perspective. They originally met at a club event in Tokyo in 2001. The Tokyo club scene was dominated by DJs until SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS arrived, breaking the mold as live pioneers. Calling their music "DEATH JAZZ", they gained recognition for performing an original form of aggressive alternative jazz. The band comments; "We always felt that in the world of jazz, there was an unwritten rule that the musicians were to concentrate on their techniques and the audience were simply there to admire, like a transmitter/ receiver relationship. We wanted to break away from that and create exciting jazz with far more interaction between the players and the audience". Shacho, who holds a rather unusual title in a jazz band as "the agitator", plays a key role in this by stirring and stimulating the audience.

It did not take long for SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS to become one of the hottest new bands in Japan and become favorites of major festivals including Fuji Rock. Their international breakthrough came when Gilles Peterson, the renowned British DJ, introduced them through his Radio 1 show "WorldWide". In the summer of 2005, by invitation from Giles, the band traveled to the UK to perform on his program. The name spread further via the international jazz network and at the BBC World Wide Award later that year, SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS was awarded with the "John Peel Play More Jazz Award".

If you're unfamiliar, I'd suggest starting with 'Pimp of the Year' first (as it's my favorite), but all of these are top-notch releases. This is the complete discography minus two singles, but the majority of those songs are included on these albums/EP's. Time to get Pimp-slapped:

PIMPIN (1st mini album)

PIMP MASTER (1st full-length)

SUMMER GODDESS (2nd mini album)

PIMP OF THE YEAR (2nd full-length)


PIMPOINT (3rd full-length)

PLANET PIMP (4th full-length)
mind the graves


Anonymous said...

These guys are great, very positive!

Anonymous said...

great band, thanks man

Fer91 said...

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