Ryu Miho's “Woman in Jazz ♡” 5th Minton House (JR Ishikawacho Station)
Ryu: The moment I opened the door, I saw a record laid out in a rack. How many are there?
Oidon: There are about 3500 copies now. When it opened in 1975, it started from 200+, but at that time it was easy to get records freely, and there wasn't much that it wasn't like now, and I think it will be a CD in the 90s However, I think that about 3500 sheets were prepared at that stage.
Ryu: Do you buy your records after they have been selected?
Oidon: That seems to be the case, but there are some classic things you have to do when you are playing Jazz. There were also things like that, and those who had the previous album at that time had blue notes, standard, prestige, riverside, etc., so like hip hop There wasn't anything at that time, so in 1975, an album that almost crossed over came out, and I started to arrange ECM records (ECM records). It takes time, effort, and money to buy a standard item, but I gathered a fusion system such as Chick Korea, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, and so on. At that time, the people who came to the shop were people in their teens and 20s, so there are several Jazz shops in Yokohama, and young people are going to hop out of the Jazz shop. In a good age when people gather without having to do any commercialsdid.
Ryu: How did the customers gather and what happened inside the store?
Oidon: At that time, if you put a white bill of Suntory on a table and put ice and water on it, it seemed that four or five people surrounded the table and the seats were buried. It was easy to make at that time. If you put a bottle, the seat will be established.
It was like that in 1975 when people thought they were too busy to wait even if the ice cup was not placed on the table.
Ryu: It's been recently that each person has been ordered.
Oidon: That's right.
Ryu: I don't think there are fewer people coming to a group of four or five people at a Jazz cafe like the times of those days, and there are fewer people talking about Jazz in a group. What kind of stories were you talking about?
Oidon: At that time, I was talking with a bottle, but when the talk was extremely exciting, I handed out a note that says “too frothy”. So I have talked to some extent, but I refrain from talking loudly for private use.It was a shape.
At that time, young people would go if there were hot artists in Japan even if they were in fusion, and they would share information about Swing Journal and monthly magazines. Many people now seek the overall atmosphere and the sound as part of it.
Ryu: There are many records and speakers that you can no longer listen to, something that you can hardly find at home anymore.
Oidon: That's right. After that, the ages of those in their late teens and early 20s have risen, and there are people in their 50s and 70s. There are also young people from time to time.
Ryu: You look so young, but you're growing.
Oidon: I started this store when I was 27 years old, when I thought I was going to do something because I couldn't do any other work, and I was in the workplace when I was working at a college co-op before Was also in the editorial department of the monthly Jazz, and then started Jazz with the thought of Jazz. I don't need to be Jazz, but it was okay to rock, but there are many albums that capture the moment of rock. Then it's hard just to arrange records. For Jazz, I thought that it would be somehow if the present part and the past part would be arranged if I kept it in the 50s and 60s.
Ryu: Yes, I understand why you chose Jazz. Why is it called “Oidon” again?
Oidon: Speaking of being a bad guy and having a personality to crawlIt was good. This is a business that can be said to be true when you take an order with your face up and return. I can speak now. I wasn't able to talk to him if I got into the counter.
I didn't like being called a master when I came to be called Odon. At that time, there was a comic book called “Man Oidon” by Reiji Matsumoto. I'm sorry
The character called Oidon is a character that likes ramen rice and lives in four and a half tatami mats, and went to eat ramen rice correctly.
Ryu: You guys call me Odon.
I heard a lot of voices saying that many people are healed by the master, and actually met me and laughed relievedly. I still have the image that jazz cafes should be quiet, But I am relieved that this is so gentle.
Oidon: That was good. I think it's amazing if there are people speaking in their own words on one album, but I don't know if there is a technique or not, but I think it's a piano or something amazing, but with a normal person I have not changed.
I just listen to it every day.
Ryu: That is the biggest. How is the song selected?
Oidon: Don't think too much, if you have a piano solo, put a piano trio, a tenor, a trumpet, a little instrumentIt ’s just like choosing it that way.
Ryu: I see. Does it suddenly change because it breaks the atmosphere of the shop?
Oidon: But some changes can be lost, but there is also a feeling that there is something new to get.
Ryu: This theme is Woman in Jazz. Is there anyone who wants to introduce as much as possible for a woman to enter?
Oidon: The door is closed because it is cold now, but when the door is open, everyone looks at the store. The door here is very heavy. I think it will take some time to open a heavy door with the courage to enter and to feel comfortable. I can rest assured if I enter, but I think I have the courage to that end. So if you open the door a little, you will have your gaze, but if you enter it, the sound will protect you, so I feel comfortable. I want to tell you that it's not a light shop.
Ryu: That kind of thing is also intended.
Oidon: I'm thinking that a place that isn't visible from outside is very important. A square, glass-enclosed shop can be seen from the inside, but people have private parts that they don't want to see.I think it was an important time, so I thought it was an important part, whether it was goodbye or not.
Ryu: If you grow up and sit at the same seat again, your feelings may change, but you will also remember various memories.
Oidon: Well, in fact, the private space is brick, but it's a book and mess, but it hasn't changed for 75 years. I cut a veneer from one piece to make a chair, but it still hasn't changed. They gathered together and made assumptions, and on the day before the store opened, the Swing Journal gravure was cut out and drawn with charcoal. Nothing has changed since the opening.
Ryu: That's right! cool. This is an unchanging shop that feels like a time-slip, and has been ticking off history. Wonderful.
Ryu: What is the store ’s recommendation?
Oidon: Now, Johnny Walker's Double Black, Fore Roses and IW Harper are cheaper bottle keeps.
Ryu: Are there any recommended drinks that suit Jazz right now?
Oidon: It ’s cold, so it ’s mulled wine. I make the only effort.
If it ’s a cafeChai comes out and pours in a mug. Chai is more popular because it is sweetened by yourself, so put cinnamon in the leaves and boil it with milk.
Ryu: What kind of place is this shop for Oidon?
Oidon: You come here, for example, once a year or once a week.
I'm here every day. So if I'm not comfortable, I will run away first. So this is a cozy place for me. That's the only thing I'm protecting. I mean the customer is not the first, I am the first. If not, it will not continue.
Ryu: That's right. About Idon's Jazz
Oidon: What is your life?
Ryu: Please leave a message for female readers.
Oidon: Women are acting on their own, including where they want to go, men can't do anything, but women move freely and freely with their vitality, so it's enviable for men I think. A behavior pattern that there is almost nothing to be protected. I want you to blow it out freely. Even if you say you want it, it ’s a balloon. It ’s best to do what you want to do now, so it took me a while to find it.But the moment you sit here, it's good, so you can start from there, so I think that I'm happy that I'm alive now. Happiness is here now.
I am the happiest now. There is no happiness in the past or the future. Jazz performance, Jazz vocal, please do your best
Ryu: Thank you! I was also encouraged.
How was it. 5th "Woman in Jazz ♡"
This time, I visited Minton House, a long-established jazz bar that is quietly located on the small path in Yamashita, close to Yokohama Chinatown. If you open a heavy door, you will be healed by the sound and atmosphere, even though you are time slipping. And if you talk to Oidon, you can be more relaxed.
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