Quotes: Soil & Pimp Sessions choose to burn it up rather than to end up back on the banal dry land. Lucid Forge / This is some crazy fucked up shit! Soul & Pimp Sessions have emerged out of Japan with six guns blazing. These guys will cut up dance floors wherever they appear and I can not wait to see them live. Give it up! Five shooting stars from straightup. We dig this to no end. Blair Stafford (Straight Up Radio)
Info: Pump up the jazz! This is the blow your mind, pimp your jazz attitude release. Some say “bebop experimental jazz”, others call them the “Beasties of Jazz” or “fucking crazy Japanese jazz cats!”. Themselves call their style “Death Jazz”. The truth is: Soil & Pimp Sessions is an explosive innovative jazz band without making compromises. Consisting of six musicians: Shacho (spiritual agitator), Tabu Zombie (trumpet), Motoharu (sax), Josei (piano), Akita Goldman (bass) and Midoryn (drums). At its core, the group is all about giving pulsating live performances. You can even see them on rock festivals hypnotizing the crowd. Soil & Pimp Sessions combine the highest musicianship with the coolest of cool sounds and atmosphere. Their brand of jazz is rough around the edges, unadulterated entertainment and constantly kept at boiling point. Each member brings his own unique talent and perspective. They originally met at a club event in Tokyo in 2001. The Tokyo club scene was dominated by DJs until Soil & Pimp Sessions arrived, breaking the mold as live pioneers.
In 2003 they had no commercial recordings available, yet that year on reputation alone were invited to perform at Japan’s premier festival, Fuji Rock Festival. It was a defining moment, lapped up by those lucky enough to witness it, hugely praised and one of the major talking points of the entire festival. After major record companies scrambled for their signature, the group signed to Victor Entertainment in 2004 in Japan. Their first mini-album ‘Pimpin’ came out in June, immediately garnering rave reviews and credited as one of the most influential releases of that year. The group defied boundaries and genres, attracting listeners of jazz, club and rock. They performed at the major summer festivals in Japan. At the Asagiri Jam Festival, fellow performers Los Lobos caught their act and were so impressed they invited each member to join them on stage as a soloist in a jam session. This session became a highlight of the festival, a bright spot in the bad weather.
In February 2005, they released their first full album ‘Pimp Master’ in Japan only. The album was soon found in the playlists of mainstream FM radio stations, unusually for an instrumental group, and they even graced the cover of a poster campaign for Tower Records, the biggest chain of record stores in Japan.
Meanwhile Soil & Pimp Sessions have started to gain reputation outside of Japan. Gilles Peterson played them on his BBC Radio 1 show “Worldwide’ for weeks. Finally Soil & Pimp Sessions gained the “Single Of The Year” award and was crowned “Live Performance Act Of The Year” by Peterson. Not enough, they also were decorated with the “John Peel Play More Jazz” Award.
In 2006 Compost signed those lovely jazz punks for Europe, while Gilles Peterson signed them for the UK on his new label Brownswood. In the summer heat of july they performed at some major European jazz festivals like Montreux Jazz Festival, Arezzo Wave Festival, Montpellier Sete Jazz Festival, The Hague North Sea Jazz Festival and set the audience on fire!