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Steve Lacy's Japan Tours: 1975-2004

By Published: February 15, 2006
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TOUR 10 - 1992

  • Oct. 28: Doshin Hall (Sapporo)* Quartet * with Togashi Masahiko, Mal Waldron, Jean-Jacques Avenel
  • Oct. 31: Casals Hall (Tokyo)* Quartet * with Togashi Masahiko, Mal Waldron, Jean-Jacques Avenel
  • Nov. 1: Space Who (Saitama)* Duo - CD13 * with Mal Waldron
  • Nov. 3: Sinanoya (Yokohama)* Trio * with Mal Waldron, Jean-Jacques Avenel
  • Nov. 5: Cat Walk (Akita)* [format unconfirmed]
  • Nov. 7: Left Alone (Kobe)* Quartet * with Togashi Masahiko, Mal Waldron, Jean-Jacques Avenel
  • Nov. 9: Jazz in Lovely (Nagoya)* Duo * with Mal Waldron

Comments: Even J.J. Avenel and the club contacted could not confirm the format of the Nov 5 gig... One thing is certain: JJA did not play that evening, so it was most likely a solo or a duo gig... The investigation continues...
The Space Who duo with Mal Waldron, Japan Dreams, was released in June 2004 to celebrate Steve's 13th Tour (unrealized).

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TOUR 11 - 1995

  • Sept. 3: Oguni Chomin Sogo Taiikukan (Yamagata)* Duo & Trio * with Wilfride Piollet, Daimon Shiro
  • Sept. 4: Aku Aku (Tsukuba)* Solo & Duo * with Hayashi Eiichi
  • Sept. 6: Shinjuku Pit Inn (Tokyo)* Duo * with Yamashita Yosuke
  • Sept. 7: Shinjuku Pit Inn (Tokyo)* Trio * with Togashi Masahiko, Satoh Masahiko
  • Sept. 8: Shinjuku Pit Inn (Tokyo)* Duo - CD14 * with Togashi Masahiko
  • Sept. 9: Shinjuku Pit Inn (Tokyo)* Duo * with Umezu Kazutoki
  • Sept. 10: Egg Farm (Saitama)* Solo - CD15 *
  • Sept. 11: ST Spot (Yokohama)* Solo

Comments: Here also, very little info has been found and is available about this 11th tour. Fortunately, we are blessed to have two relatively rare albums (Eternal Duo '95 and the especially hard to get Blues for Aida—a double CD set) that give a very good idea of the spirit of the moment.
It is not known whether the Sept 3 sessions with Wilfride Piollet and Daimon Shiro (dancers) were filmed.

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TOUR 12 - 2000

  • Oct. 6: Shinjuku Pit Inn (Tokyo)* Trio * with Jean-Jacques Avenel, John Betsch
  • Oct. 8: Kanagawa Kenmin Hall (Yokohama)* Trio * with J.J. Avenel, John Betsch
  • Oct. 10: Harmony Hall (Matsumoto)* Trio * with J.J. Avenel, John Betsch
  • Oct. 11: Performing Arts Center (Niigata)* Trio * with J.J. Avenel, John Betsch
  • Oct. 12: Jazz in Lovely (Nagoya)* Trio * with J.J. Avenel, John Betsch
  • Oct. 13: Egg Farm (Saitama)* Duo * with Togashi Masahiko
  • Oct. 14: Egg Farm (Saitama)* Duo * with Miyake Haruna
  • Oct. 15. Matinee Egg Farm (Saitama)* Solo - CD16 *
  • Oct. 15. Evening Egg Farm (Saitama)* Trio * with Togashi Masahiko, Satoh Masahiko
  • Oct. 16: Egg Farm (Saitama)* Trio * with Togashi Masahiko, Takahashi Yuji
  • Oct. 17: Plan B (Tokyo)* Duo * with Tanaka Min

Comments: A tour clearly in two parts: the first with Lacy's regular trio partners (Oct6—12), the second with several Japanese "associates (Oct 13-17). The Egg Farm Festival and the Plan B event are exhaustively documented on Steve Lacy's website, in the section "Memorable concerts and in the book Let's Call This... The Bath—Steve Lacy on Tour 1995-2000.
The solo performance of Oct. 15 at the Egg Farm, issued as 10 of Dukes + 6 Originals in a limited edition of 1000 CDs, is almost sold-out, see senatorsrecords.com. Note: Tanaka Min is a very unusual Butoh dancer.

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TOUR 13 - 2004 (tour cancelled)

  • June 11: Dolphy (Yokohama)* Trio * with Jean-Jacques Avenel, John Betsch
  • June 12: Jazz Spot Candy (Chiba)* Trio * with J.J. Avenel, John Betsch
  • June 13: Shinjuku Pit Inn (Tokyo)* Trio * with J.J. Avenel, John Betsch
  • June 17: Jazz in Lovely (Nagoya)* Trio * with J.J. Avenel, John Betsch
  • June 19: Egg Farm (Saitama)* Trio * with J.J. Avenel, John Betsch
  • June 20: Egg Farm (Saitama)* Solo
  • June 21: Dug (Tokyo)* Trio * with J.J. Avenel, John Betsch
  • June 23: Zontag Ohashi Memorial Hall (Nagano)* Trio * with J.J. Avenel, John Betsch

Comments: This was the itinerary / program of this unrealized tour in trio format. Steve Lacy died in Boston on June 4, 2004. Pianist Satoh Masahiko gave a solo concert at the Shinjuku Pit Inn on June 13 as an homage to Steve Lacy's life. class="f-right s-img"> Return to Index...

LIST OF MUSICIANS:

  • Drums / percussion: Togashi Masahiko, Toyozumi Yoshisaburo, Joe Mizuki, Nakamura Tatsuya, Oliver Johnson, John Betsch
  • Bass: Yoshizawa Motoharu, Ikeda Yoshio, Midorikawa Keiki, Kent Carter, Dave Holland, Jean-Jacques Avenel
  • Piano: Satoh Masahiko, Takahashi Yuji, Yamashita Yosuke, Bobby Few, Mal Waldron, Miyake Haruna
  • Vocals / violin / cello: Irene Aebi
  • Trumpets: Kondo Toshinori, Don Cherry
  • Saxophones: Takagi Mototeru, Inoue Keizo, Umezu Kazutoki, Hayashi Eiichi, Steve Potts
  • Electric violin: Kosugi Takehisa
  • Dancers: Tanaka Min, Wilfride Piollet, Daimon Shiro
  • Globe Unity Orchestra: Kenny Wheeler, Manfred Schoof, Enrico Rava, Evan Parker, Gerd Dudek, Steve Lacy, Michel Pilz, Albert Mangelsdorff, Paul Rutherford, Gunter Christmann, Alex von Schlippenbach, Tristan Honsinger, Bob Stewart, Buschi Niebergal, Paul Lovens.

Photo Credit
Gilles Laheurte



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