Something I’ve noticed recently when browsing the jazz sections of record shops is the proliferation of sub-genres among the Japanese artists. Just hearing the names is enough to get a fan excited about the apparent explosion of creativity.

For example, postrock jazz acts such as Fox Capture Plan or Mouse On The Keys are clearly doing something innovative with a combination of lingering piano melodies laid over complex drum patterns — all of it played loud. However, that volume also leaves them sounding more like alternative-rock acts, which has sometimes left confused retailers putting them in both the rock and jazz divisions of their stores.

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