PUREST JAZZ

PUREST JAZZ

New takes on jazz standards, as well as original material, 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 unexpected arrangements and an electronic sound.

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. Those cats can really swing. 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 singers and musicians we think offer something special or unique. 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 Europe and North America with fine recordings that offer surprising performances of the Great American Songbook, along with some original material.

www.purestjazz.com

Released Songs

Starry Eyed And Vaguely Discontented

Rufus Lin

P.S.I LOVE YOU

Rufus Lin

More Than You Know

Rufus Lin

Those Eyes How Familiar They Seem

Rufus Lin

our Labels

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PUREST JAZZ

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