Modern Jazz – Flying Humanoid (Album)


Above are sample versions of each song.


Modern Jazz music looking toward the future

I recorded with a group of young and powerful modern jazz musicians in 2019 and this is the result of that recording project.  Very challenging and fun music all around. We fused, Jazz, Hip Hop, Classical and Soul to create a unique sound.  Compositionally, there were no boundaries.  In the playing, we were fearless!

A pandemic and modern Jazz

We were just starting to take off in the Fall of 2019 and then COVID-19 hit. All of our festival and other gigs were cancelled.  We had some serious momentum and were gaining a following throughout Japan and the US. Who knows, maybe someday we’ll ride again. In the meantime please enjoy!

More about this modern Jazz album

The album title is from one of the songs Flying Humanoid.  The image is of a person flying through the air in some sort of jet suit.  Actually, this kind of technology is not to far off in the future.

The mood of this modern Jazz album is intense, relaxing, grooving and pensive all rolled into one. No matter what mood you’re in, there’s a song on this album to match it.

Check out the sample tracks above. This is an exclusive release for digital download only available here at! You can’t even stream it on any platform!

About the modern Jazz band members

I named the group the Future Jazz Quartet because of how the compositions are not constrained to traditional Jazz song forms or arranging.  The other band members are also much younger than me so I feel they represent the future of Jazz.  The two elements created a very fresh modern Jazz.

Band members include:

今井晴萌 Harumo Imai (tenor sax)
葭葉愛子 Aiko Yoshiba (pf/key)
磯部直樹 Naoki Isobe (bass)
ボンバロン Von Baron (drums)

Track Listing for FLYING HUMANOID


  1. FLYING HUMANOID (9:28) (Aiko Yoshiba – composer)
  2. PARADISE (8:16) (Harumo Imai – composer)
  3. ETUDE FOR ELDAR (11:09) (Aiko Yoshiba – composer)
  4. PERFUME (6:40) (Naoki Isobe – composer)
  5. FREESTYLE (6:50) (Von Baron – composer)
  6. AUTUMN IN AKITA (6:19) (Von Baron – composer)
  7. REBEL WEED (9:09) (Harumo Imai – composer)
  8. FOG (5:54) (Naoki Isobe – composer)
  9. COLD AND RAINY (8:49) (Naoki Isobe – composer)
  10. GIG AGAIN (1:10) (Aiko Yoshiba – composer)

Recording info:

Recording, Mixing, Mastering Engineer:
万波幸治 Koji Mannami
草野肇 Hajime Kusano

Download choices:

Download options include:

  • One 101 MB ZIP file that contains all 10 tracks.
  • 10 individual high-quality MP3 files totaling 101 MB.

If you are using a smartphone or tablet, you have the option to download each of the files individually to your cloud data storage (DropBox, iCloud Drive, Google Drive, One Drive, etc…).  Once downloaded, you can play them from there on your device.

After your payment is processed you will be directed to the download page and will also receive an email with the download links.

Other options and resources

Elements of modern Jazz also find there way into my songs on this album.

Elements of modern Jazz, Hip-Hop, EDM and House music.  Great for energizing your day.

Learn the modern Jazz brushes patterns I played on the Flying Humanoid album.

Learn how to play the modern Jazz brushes patterns I used in Flying Humanoid, in the Brushes Mastery Course.

Zoom Jazz drum lessons with Von Baron

Wanna improve your improv? If you’re looking for an experienced Jazz player and teacher, I can help.