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Soil & “Pimp” Sessions is an energetic Japanese club jazz band that have started to receive international recognition. The band consists of six members: Shacho (“agitator”), Tabu Zombie (trumpet), Motoharu (sax), Josei (keyboards), Akita Goldman (double bass) and Midorin (drums).

The band was born out of Tokyo’s club scene, when Shacho and Tabu Zombie started including live jam sessions in DJ sets. Gradually the other members were invited, the band line up was finalised and the DJ sets dropped.

The band’s adrenalin-fuelled live sets started to create a buzz on the Tokyo live scene, and in 2003 they became the first unsigned band to perform at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival. They were well received there and in the following months record companies were scrambling to offer contracts. JVC Victor won the battle, and summer 2004 saw the release of the mini-album “Pimpin’”.

The album was a critical and, for a jazz release, commercial success, and this together with constant touring paved the way for the release of their first full album, “Pimp Master” in early 2005. The album captures the sheer power of their live performances as well as higlighting their individual musical talents. Two tracks in particular, “Waltz For Goddess” and their cover of “A Wheel Within a Wheel”, caught the attention of DJs abroad, they began to receive heavy air-play on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide radio program on BBC Radio 1 in the U.K.


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  • olblackcat

    "Brothers & Sisters" is flawless. [2]

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • tropkawaii10

    Brothers & Sisters has been on rotation + Bonus Live CD. Great album and consistent quality throughout

    11 Oct 2014 Reply
  • pohjapool

    Yes, Brothers & Sisters is a proper S&PS album. Definitely the best since their 2009's 6. @revenge144 You can get most of their stuff on iTunes!

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • eplizo

    "Brothers & Sisters" is flawless.

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • revenge144

    where i can download their stuff?? please :/

    7 Jul 2014 Reply
  • tropkawaii10

    Been listening to Pimpoint, Planet Pimp and Pimp Of The Year...all enjoyable material.

    6 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Billy-o

    New track with Ringo Shiina is a funky beast, just wish it were 3 times longer, finishes too soon.

    16 Jan 2014 Reply
  • kacange

    i saw them on java jazz festival... the drummer is one of the sickest drummer ive ever known

    2 Jan 2014 Reply
  • mistatwinkies

    @deadgrandma: no way. I mean, I have nothing against these vocal tracks as there have been more and more of them on recent albums but it still undeniable that instrumentals are their bread and butter for the most part. Magnetic Soil wasn't that great, and you're probably right about the last bit but I just can't hold the new album as anything amazing

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • hero486

    The new song with Shiina Ringo is magnificent.

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • deadgrandma

    v its also the EASIEST SAPS release to just grab and enjoy... I don't see anything wrong with this. TBH, do you remember ANYTHING from Magnetic Soil? Pretty sure elitist Jazz heads wouldnt bother mentioning SAPS anyway, so why look at them in that kinda light?

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mistatwinkies

    new album is pretty terrible as a SAPS release. It's a solid pop-jazz content but good lord I'm unhappy with it overall. As a concept/trying something new, they certainly made it work but when it comes to jazz there's this elitist bs mindset that takes over and I can't handle all these pop vocalists mixed louder over what is great instrumental work. I think having all these different vocalists keeps the album from having a coherent direction too

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Pretsy

    Bon Bon Villa and Iceburn are probably my favorites from Circles. [2] @Carlx4: probably not, considering it's really not that different from the rest of Miyavi's guitar wank

    30 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Wiifusion101

    I'll be Pimpin~

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • olblackcat

    My god CIRCLES is a fucking beast [2]

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • penny-lee

    bon bon villa is incredible; is anything from miho fukara's discog remotely as good as that? her vocals are amazing

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Carlx4

    Anyone else appreciating the awesomeness involved in Light Blue Soldier?

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • 1Sleep

    Bon Bon Villa and Iceburn are probably my favorites from Circles.

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • deadgrandma

    v if youve survived Ukigumo from Tokyo Jihen "singing", you can accept anything ;-p

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Pretsy

    Miyavi shouldn't really sing whenever he is doing collabs tbqh. Just let Shacho do the "vocal thing"

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
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