The Sound of Prewar Japanese Jazz

By May 28, 2015Music Works

I was fascinated by this little-known Japanese artist from the pre-war era and eager to capture the unique sound that blends the orchestral jazz and Japanese folk songs with a strange mix of nostalgia and modernism.

The original recording of this song “Kagoshima Ohara Bushi” (鹿児島小原節) was performed by the King Novelty Orchestra (キング.ノベルティ.オーケストラ), led by the composer and arranger Koichi Sugii (杉井幸一, 1906-1942). Recorded in Logic Pro X using the built-in orchestral sound library.

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