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SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS


SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS - Soulful (GOOD VIBES SHARING -Live in Fukui- @Casa, 2021/2/1)

SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS - Space Drifter

Company

JVCKENWOOD Victor Entertainment Corporation

Profile

     SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS is an explosive Japanese jazz band, comprised of five musicians; Shacho (agitator, spirit), Tabu Zombie (trumpet), 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.

     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.  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.

     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".

     The band's album Pimp Master was released in 2006 through Compost in Europe and Brownswood Recordings in the UK.  The band played at Glastonbury Festival in June 2007 to coincide with the release of their Pimpoint album in Europe and the UK.  They came back to Europe in the fall of 2007, appearing on BBC’s popular music program “Later…with Jools Holland”  and played with Jamie Cullum for BBC’s Electric Prom show.

     The band expanded their playing field performing in overseas countries and at major international festivals such as Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland - ‘06), Glastonbury Festival (UK - ’07,’15), North Sea Jazz Festival (the Netherlands - ’06,’08’&09), Java Jazz festival (Indonesia - ’09, ’12), Mosaic Music Festival (Singapore - ’08, ’09), Roskilde Festival (Denmark - ’09), Cape Town Jazz Festival (South Africa - ’10) , Sydney Festival (Australia -’14), Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (Canada-’16) and many more.  To date, they have toured 31 countries in total.