Weekend Extra: Momotaro, The Jazz Version

Momotaro Illus

Years ago, I saw film of a riotous Japanese jazz opera based on the traditional tale of Momotaro. The video disappeared for a while, but frequent Rifftides correspondent and prodigious blogger Bruno Leicht rediscovered it and sent an alert. To make sense of it, before you watch the video below it will help to know the story. It might also help to have a couple of shots of Ginjo sake. Momotaro the Peach Boy ONCE upon a time there were an old man and his old wife living in the country … [Read more...]