Seba Jun, or 'Nujabes,' as he was more popularly known in this backward world, was born exactly 40 years ago today, birthed by Tokyo-- taken, 2/26/10, by Tokyo--
Rewinding 7 years, Samurai Champloo introduced my ears to a dear friend, thanks in great part to his scoring approximately 1/3 of its soundtrack, spread across 4 albums: Samurai Champloo Music Record: Departure, Samurai Champloo Music Record: Impression, Samurai Champloo Music Record: Masta & Samurai Champloo Music Record: Playlist, to which he only had involvement with the former two.
Passing through aforesaid gateway led to listening to all of his discography proper, compilations and a number of B-sides and unreleased material. Modal Soul-- no words. That is to say, there are, yet I'm of the opinion that they'd fall short on a post not dedicated to it, and-- I'd like to have this published before 2/8.
Evocative, heartfelt and melodious summarize his body of work, by and large, I'd say. In stark contrast to the music, the man himself was, upon first glance, neither wide-reaching nor remarkable, though it was this very humility, in spite of his talents, that helped him transcend regional borders -- music is universal; he let it speak for itself.
Here's to your 40th, mate.