Johnny's Disk Record

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Johnny's Disk Record is an independent jazz label run by Ken Terui the owner of jazz cafe Kaiunbashi No Johnny that was originally based in Rikuzentakata city in Iwate prefecture, Japan. Some time later the jazz cafe was relocated to Morioka.

The label released a string of albums spanning modern jazz, avant-garde jazz to left-field pop. Albums such as 'farewell my johnny / left alone' and 'Aya's Samba' have reached cult status among fans of the japanese jazz scene. Aya's Samba was a debut effort by bassist Eiji Nakayama, who played as part of Elvin Jones' jazz machine and toured with Don Friedman. This album is an important release in the Johnny's Disk catalogue, not only because it is the first ever release, but also because the owner hearing the band play was the reason why the label started.


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