PUREST JAZZ RECORDS
New, highly listenable interpretations of the great jazz standards from artists active in Tokyo, Japan
Have you ever noticed that some singers, after a distinguished career, will indulge themselves by releasing an album of jazz standards. Linda Ronstadt did it. So did Rod Stewart and Sting and Willie Nelson. Oh, Bob Dylan and Lady Gaga too. Yeah, it’s kind of a thing.
We like that today’s jazz performers and listeners alike want to add to the library of interpretations of the old jazz standards. After all, in the classical music world, people are continuing to produce new recordings of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.
In that vein, we too have something to offer the jazz world. A fresh take on jazz standards, with swinging arrangements and an electronic sound. Relax–there’s nothing too avant-garde or noisy.
If you’ve ever been to Tokyo, and dropped in on its lively jazz scene, you’ll know that there is an enormous amount of talent. Most of these performers take a trad jazz approach, taking you back to the ’40s and ’50s. Jazz musicians and singers active in Tokyo are the focus of the Purest Jazz label.
We are a forward-looking record label, curating the jazz performers whom we believe offer something special or unique. To suit our listeners, we don’t sign artists whose musical style is too progressive or experimental.
We work with both local and expatriate artists in the Japanese jazz scene (think cozy little bars and cafes across Tokyo). We mostly offer new, contemporary arrangements, often using electronic instruments, and all of this is tastefully blended to yield fresh readings of the old standards.
Purest Jazz Records is proud to present European and North American listeners with fine recordings that offer surprising, and dare we say, beautiful performances of the Great American Songbook.