|Birth name||Fumio Karashima (辛島文雄, Karashima Fumio)|
|Born||9 March 1948|
|Died||24 February 2017 68) (aged|
|Associated acts||Elvin Jones|
Fumio Karashima (辛島文雄, Karashima Fumio, 9 March 1948 – 24 February 2017) was a Japanese jazz pianist.
Karashima began playing the piano at the age of three.His father was a music teacher at Kyushu University; Karashima attended the same university. He stayed in New York in 1973, but returned to Japan the next year. In 1975 he joined drummer George Ohtsuka's band. In 1980 he joined Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine, and stayed for five years, including for tours of Europe and the United States. He then switched to being principally a solo pianist, but also led a quintet from 1988 to 1991. During the 1990s he frequently toured internationally. He died of cancer on 24 February 2017.
An asterisk (*) after the year indicates that it is the year of release.
|2015*||Everything I Love||Pit Inn||Solo piano|
|2014*||A Time for Love||Pit Inn||Trio, with Satsuki Kusui (bass), Nobuyuki Komatsu (drums)|
|2012*||Summertime||Pit Inn||Quintet, with Atsushi Ikeda and Masanori Okazaki (sax), Satsuk Kusui (bass), Nobuyuki Komastsu (drums)|
|2010*||E.J. Blues||Pit Inn||Quartet, with Masanori Okazaki (sax), Ryu Kawamura (bass), Takeo Moriyama (drums)|
|2008||Moon River||VideoArts||Solo piano|
|2005||Great Time||VideoArts||Trio, with Drew Gress (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums)|
|2003||It's Just Beginning||VideoArts||Trio, with Yosuke Inoue (bass), Shingo Okudaira (drums)|
|2002||Grand New Touch||VideoArts||Duo, with Kei Akagi (piano)|
|2001||The Elysian Air||VideoArts||Trio, with Yosuke Inoue (bass), Shingo Okudaira (drums)|
|1999*||Rencontre||Emarcy, Polydor Japan||Duet, with Toots Thielemans|
|1983||Round Midnight||Absord||Quartet, with Larry Coryell (guitar), Ikuo Sakurai (bass), Motohiko Hino (drums)|
|1982||Elegant Evening||Absord||Trio, with Ikuo Sakurai (bass), Motohiko Hino (drums)|
|1981||A Child in the Wind||Absord||Trio, with Richard Davis (bass), George Ohtsuka (drums)|
|1980||Sho||Absord||Trio, with Nobuyoshi Ino (bass), George Ohtsuka (drums)|
|1978||Hot Islands||Absord||Quartet, with Mabumi Yamaguchi (sax), Miroslav Vitous (bass), George Ohtsuka (drums)|
|1978||Moonflower||Absord||Trio, with Andy McCloud (bass), Elvin Jones (drums)|
|1977||Gathering||Three Blind Mice||Most tracks trio, with Isao Suzuki (bass), George Ohtsuka (drums); one track solo piano|
|1977||Landscape||Whynot||Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Motohiko Hino (drums)|
|1975||Piranha||Whynot||Trio, with Isao Suzuki (bass), Jimmy Hopps (drums)|
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