I first about this innovative jazz collective, as many did, through Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide radio show several years ago. Now they finally have their first official US release Planet Pimp coming out on Koch Records, February 24th. Here’s the official bio from the band and below that, check the video for the first single “Storm.”
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 Midoryn (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.
“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”.
It did not take long for SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS to become one of the hottest new bands in Japan and becoming favorites of major festivals including Fuji Rock.
Their international breakthrough came when Gilles Peterson, the renowned British DJ, introduced the 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“.
While continuing to perform in Japan, the band expanded their playing field performing in over 12 European countries and at major international festivals including Montreux and North Sea.
The band’s album ‘Pimp Master’ was released in 2006 and available through Brownswood Recordings in the UK. ‘PIMPOINT‘is out now on Brownswood Recordings.