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9-year-old professional jazz drummer debuts in Osaka

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A 9-year-old professional jazz drummer made his concert debut in Osaka this week to promote his first album. Taiga, 9, who released his album “Tiger” on Wednesday, performed at Tsutenkaku Tower on Tuesday night for an audience of about 150. He said, “I would like to perform in New Orleans which is famous for jazz music. I also want to perform in Koshien baseball stadium because I'm a big fan of Hanshin Tigers.”

He is currently applying to the Guinness Book of Records to be listed as the world's youngest jazz drummer to release a CD.

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I've been around Japanese jazz for quite a while. There are some good players for sure but at the same time, there is just this something lacking ... Terrific technically, often extrovert like. They know all the theory but robot-like and usually passionless. My guess is this kids in the same boat.

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i think his stylist is a bit confused over the fashoin concept

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nuts,

Yeah but the kid is 9yrs old. Give him a few years to find his rhythm and mature a little. Maybe if he makes it to New Orleans while young they can inject some passion into him.

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you&ve been watching the wrong japanese jazz musicians. most jazz anywhere is sterile robotic crap, you have to look hard to find the real thing

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papasmurf. Point taken

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jazz is like flamenco, something one gets in the cradle. I'm Spanish and I've listen some Japanese trying to sing flamenco or play the guitar like a real gypsy...they know the notes, they know the techniques and some tricks, but...the result is tasteless, bland, there's a lot lacking there. In flamenco is called 'duende' (spirit, the gnome), what makes your skin shiver and your hair pop up. Look like is not enough, it must be alive, and Japan is all the opposite: cold tamed appearance.

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hmmm the logic that says only spanish can play flamenco, only black people can rap or only japanese can play shamisen. that kind of thinking is total nonsense and not too far from the kind of bloodline arguments that idiotic racist like to fall back on

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Kid, lose that hat and then come back and talk to me.

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Orchestra de la Luz (spelling?) did a pretty good job of wowing them in Spain with their music - sung in Spanish; quite exciting to listen to and watch. I think Orange Range is the best hiphop/rap in Japan. I also hope this kid works hard to be the top of his game - he's got a good start. I'd love to see him come back at 19 with some real good heart-stopping jazz. I hope it was his idea to release a CD and not his stage-mom or dad. Good luck to him.

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I saw this kid playing at that small "park" near Sannomiya station with some other jazz musicians a few years ago, when he was only 7! Amazing...the thing that struck me about him wasn't just that he could play jazz drums, but he had a good sense of dynamics and could utilize both loud and soft and everything in between...something that unfortunately, a lot of non-clasical musicians seem to forget about these days.

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