New Japan
Compostela :  Wadachi
Cat. # 7211
Released 1997
cd time - 62:01
US Price $16.00
One of the most original groups in modern Japan, Compostela blends folk musics of Eastern Europe with the tradition of Japanese chindon (street musicians who play at grand openings of supermarkets and pachinko parlors, dressed as geishas and samurai). The late saxophonist Shinoda Masami was one of the most exciting musicians of recent years, the first to bring klezmer and Eastern European music to the Japanese audience. This special compilation, which includes original compositons as well as tunes by Sidney Bechet, Victor Jara and Gilrod & Sandler, was assembled by Compostela's surviving members to pay tribute to one of Japan's musical luminaries.
Komazawa Hiroki: Pedal Steel Guitar, Mandolin
Nakao Kanji: Soprano Saxophone, Trombone, Clarinet, Drums
Shinoda Masami: Alto Saxophone
Sekijima Takero: Tuba