Kyoto Jazz Massive

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Kyoto Jazz Massive
Shuya Okino of Kyoto Jazz Massive bending over a keyboard onstage, wearing a t-shirt, sunglasses, and ball cap
Shuya Okino of Kyoto Jazz Massive, 2008
Background information
GenresCrossover jazz
Years active1994–present
MembersShuya Okino
Yoshihiro Okino

Kyoto Jazz Massive is a Japanese musical project specialising in crossover jazz and electronic styles. The group was formed in 1994 and consists of brothers Shuya[1] and Yoshihiro Okino. They have also included Hajime Yoshizawa, a piano producer, on a number of works.[2] Although the brothers DJed in the late 1980s and were remixing and composing as far back as the early 1990s, they were largely popularised by the British Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson around 2001.[3] The band is signed to Compost Records.[citation needed]


Brothers Shuya and Yoshihiro Okino, both DJs and remixers in Kyoto, formed the project in 1994. They released their debut album, Spirit of the Sun, in 2002.[4] In 2015, to celebrate their 20-year anniversary, the duo put together a full jazz band, titled Kyoto Jazz Sextet.[5] Their debut album, Unity, came out in 2017.[6][7]

Shuya Okino also runs a music venue in Shibuya, Tokyo, called The Room.[8]

Partial discography[]

Kyoto Jazz Massive[]

Studio albums

  • Spirit of the Sun (2002)


  • Kyoto Jazz Massive (1994)


  • "Mind Expansions" (2002)


  • Kyoto Jazz Massive (1994)
  • Fueled for the Future (2000)
  • Crossbreed (2000)
  • Crossbreed 2 (2001)
  • RE KJM (2004)
  • FOR KJM (2004)
  • BY KJM (2005)
  • 10th Anniversary (2006)

Kyoto Jazz Sextet[]

  • Unity (2017)

See also[]


  1. ^ "Shuya Okino". (in Japanese). Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Hajime Yoshizawa". Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Gilles Peterson & Shuya Okino (Kyoto Jazz Massive)". 27 November 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Spirit of the Sun". Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Kyoto Jazz Sextet". Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Kyoto Jazz Sextet". (in Japanese). 25 May 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Kyoto Jazz Sextet - Unity". Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  8. ^ "The Room". Retrieved 16 February 2021.

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