State Ohtemachi #201 1-4-1 Uchikanda, Chiyoda-ku,
Arthur Nobuyuki Asahina is one of Japan’s biggest and most ardent music fans. He has had an independent jazz label in Japan for many years called VEGA RECORDS. Some of the great musicians who have appeared on his label include a variety of artists among others, Charles McPherson, Dena DeRose, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joe Cohn, Dayna Stephens, Branford Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Rufus Reid, Ray Drummond, Winard Harper Dominick Faranacci and Benny Green.
Vega releases have been releases strictly for the Japanese market. Many of them have been difficult to obtain outside of Japan. Now, selected VEGA RECORDS titles will eventually be available in the US under the label name, VEGAMUSIC.
The first such recording is a new title by San Francisco based reed instrumentalist, Noel Jewkes entitled “Chasin the Pres—A Tribute to Lester Young,” This recording features Benny Green on piano, Marcus Shelby on bass, Josh Workman on guitar and the former drummer for Count Basie, the great Harold Jones.This recording is available on CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon in the CD format or as digital downloads.
Noel Jewkes-tenor saxophone
Reorded at Trilogy Studios on September 8, 2011 San Francisco, Ca
Engineer: Willie Samuels
Mixed at What’s For Lunch Studios by Dan Feizli on September 11, 2012 El Cerrito, CA
Mastered at 25th Street Recording by John Schimpf on August 20, 2013
Executive Producer and Co-producer: Arthur N. Asahina
Producer: Akira Tana for TanaReid Productions, Inc.
RECORDINGS AVAILABLE NOW ON VEGAMUSIC-USA.
MORE INFO COMING SOON
PAST JAPANESE RELEASES SOON TO BE AVAILABLE IN THE US UNDER VEGAMUSIC-USA:
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Charles Mcpherson-alto sax
Recorded August 6, 2000
TAI Studio Ropongi,Tokyo
Engineer: Hiroshi Satoh
Producer: Yuki Kobayashi for Vega Records
Executive Producer: Arthur N. Asahina
Takao Ogawa-alto sax
Producer: Arthur N. Asahina for Vega Music Entertainment
Assistant Producer: Yuki Kobayashi
Recorded December 7, 1998
Teichiku Suginami Dai-ichi Studio Tokyo
Engineer/Supervisor: “Groovy” Takiguchi
The December 2 Quartet:
Dena DeRose-piano, vocal
Dominick Faranacci-trumpet, flugelhorn
Special Guest: Benny Green, piano
Recorded August 28, 29, 2009
Fantasy Studios, Berkeley Ca
Engineer: Phil Edwards
Mixed by Dan Feizli on September12-14, October 9, 18, 2009
Mastered by Ken Lee Oakland, Ca on October 19, 2009