Collection: Artist: Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media

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About The Artist

Jiro Inagaki, born on October 3, 1933, was a Japanese jazz saxophonist, bandleader, and composer who played a pivotal role in popularizing jazz music in Japan. He was known for his innovative approach to fusion jazz, blending jazz, funk, and soul elements into his music. Inagaki formed his influential band, Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media, in the late 1960s, captivating audiences with their dynamic performances and groovy sound.

Inagaki's music was characterized by his powerful saxophone playing and his ability to seamlessly merge different musical genres. He released numerous albums throughout his career, including the acclaimed "Funky Stuff" and "Head Rock," showcasing his unique style and collaborations with talented musicians.

In addition to his music, Inagaki made significant contributions to film scores and TV soundtracks, adding his distinctive touch to the Japanese entertainment industry. His compositions were often featured in popular films and television dramas, expanding his influence beyond the realm of jazz.

Jiro Inagaki's impact on the Japanese jazz scene and his pioneering efforts in fusion jazz continue to inspire musicians and listeners alike. Despite his passing on January 18, 2024, his legacy as a versatile saxophonist and bandleader lives on.

Genre / Style

  • Jazz


  • Japan

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