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Jiro Inagaki and Soul Media

Funky Stuff

Nippon Columbia


LP Pink $30 $52
  • Originally released in 1975
  • Features a cover of “Funky Stuff” by Kool & The Gang
  • All songs written and arranged by Hiromasa Suzuki
  • Pressed on Pink Vinyl


This album is incredible, truly well-named — funky stuff, indeed. Fat bass, good variety of guitar sounds, nice horns and organ, crisp drums … it is an instant favorite!

A masterpiece of jazz rock by masterpiece Jiro Inagaki! Beyond jazz rock. The soul media led by Jiro Inagaki arrived at the ultimate tight and cool groove. As Inagaki himself said, “I did black funk,” the musicality of black music goes to another dimension by combining the explosive feeling of jazz rock that I have cultivated up to that point with the tenacity and elasticity of black music. I made a leap. Coupled with the strange arrangement of the master Hiromasa Suzuki, the groove is polished, glossy, and shines mysteriously. All the songs are the highlights, such as “Painted Paradise” which is full of dynamism and sprinting, “Breeze” where funkness and mellowness coexist, and a cover of Cool & The Gang “Funky Stuff” which has a low center of gravity and sharpness. It is now a definitive masterpiece of wants from all over the world.

Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Flute, Producer – Jiro Inagaki
Electric Piano – Hiromasa Suzuki
Drums – Hajime Ishimatsu
Bass – Akira Okazawa
Guitar – Hiroshi Yasukawa
Trombone – Takashi Imai

Preview Tracklist

  • 1 Painted Paradise
  • 2 Funky Motion
  • 3 Breeze
  • 4 Scratch
  • 5 Funky Stuff
  • 6 One For Jiro
  • 7 Gentle Wave
  • 8 Four Up