indigo jam unit - profile

 

 

Yoshichika Tarue - Piano

 

Born 1974. Difficult to believe to most, Tarue had never played the piano or any other musical instrument before the age of 20. This natural piano talent began taking lessons while attending university and soon thereafter started making his own music. While playing a lot of classical piano, he also started his own jazz quartet and made excursions into latin music to widen his musical palette further.

 

Tarue has released two solo albums through basis records, "Rain Man's Story" in 2010, a ten track piano solo performance and the follow up in 2012, "Rain Man's Story - Tale of Two -", together iwth renowned jazz bassist Tomokazu Sugimoto. He can also be heard on Bottom Rhythm Jam's "Encounter".

Yoshichika Tarue "Rain Man's Story"

"Rain Man's Story" Yoshichika Tarue
2010 (bss036)

 

iTunes

"Encounter"
Bottom Rhythm Jam
2008 (bss021)

 

Bottom Rhythm Jam on iTunes

Yoshichika Tarue feat. Tomokazu Sugimoto "Rain Man's Story - Tale of Two -"  

"Rain Man's Story
- Tale of Two"
Yoshichika Tarue
feat. Tomokazu Sugimoto
2012 (bss041)

 

iTunes

 

 

 

Katsuhiko Sasai - Double Bass

 

Born 1976. Began playing synthesizer at age 14 and picked up the electric bass a year later. Mainly working within the Japanese funk and fusion scenes he ventured into double bass with the start of indigo jam unit. Sasai has supported internationally renowned musicians such as Mike Stern, Eddy Henderson, and Booker T Williams.

 

He also appears on Kosuke Tsuji's first album on basis records, "Enda Safari - Bottom Rhythm Jam", and flexlife's "Flower".

 
flexlife - Flower 辻コースケ Enda Safari - Bottom Rhythm Jam

flexlife
"FLOWER"
2005 (bss015)

Koiske Tsuji
"Enda Safari -
Bottom Rhythm Jam"
2007 (bss017)

Isao Wasano - Percussion/Drums

 

Born 1979. Wasano first got his eyes set on percussion through the high school brass band and later took up drums when joining indigo jam unit. Apart from supporting a range of Japanese artists such as Orange Pekoe and others, he also appears on Percussion Session's "TRI▲GROOVE" and flexlife's "Flower". Wasano is also a recurring live member behind Asafestoon and of the yearly event "A Hundred Birds".

 

Other basis records releases where Isao Wasano appears are flexlife's "FLOWER" and Percussion Session "TRIGROOVE".

 

flexlife - Flower Percussion Session - Trigroove

flexlife
"FLOWER"
2005 (bss015)

Percussion Session "TRI▲GROOVE"
2009 (bss026)

Takehiro Shimizu - Drums

 

Born 1983. Began his drum career at age 12 with big band drums before devoting himself to jazz. Shimizu has supported and collaborated with Japanese artists like Orange Pekoe, Sadao Watanabe, Terumasa Hino, Hitomi Nakayama, Naoko Sakata, Finnish jazz trumpeter Jukka Eskola among others. A winner of several jazz drummer awards, Shimizu currently divides his drumming time between New York, NY, and indigo jam unit's home base in Osaka, Japan.

 

Other basis records releases where Shimizu appears on are Percussion Session's "TRI▲GROOVE", Bottom Rhythm Jam's "Encounter" and Kosuke Tsuji's "Enda Safari - Bottom Rhythm Jam".

Percussion Session "TRI▲GROOVE"
2009 (bss025)

Bottom Rhythm Jam "Encounter" 2008 (bss021)

 

Bottom Rhythm Jam on iTunes

 
Kosuke Tsuji
"Enda Safari -
Bottom Rhythm Jam"
2007 (bss017)