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Akira Sakata, Giovanni Di Domenico, John Edwards, Steve Noble: Live at Cafe Oto

Read "Live at Cafe Oto" reviewed by John Eyles

Recorded in concert at London's Cafe Oto in January 2014, this album features the kind of cosmopolitan ensemble in which the venue specialises. It brings together veteran Japanese reedsman Akira Sataka and Spanish pianist Giovanni Di Domenico with London's own John Edwards and Steve Noble. The latter pair have virtually become the house bassist and drummer at Cafe Oto, appearing with many visiting musicians, some of whom play at the venue for that very reason. It is no exaggeration to ...

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Akira Sakata & Giovanni Di Domenico: Iruman

Read "Iruman" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Surprisingly, Iruman is saxophonist Akira Sakata's first piano duo recording in his forty-plus year career. The question this disc raises is not why did it take him so long to record in this format, but could another duo performance eclipse this one? Sakata has been flag bearer of the Japanese free jazz movement since the 1970s. Recording first with pianist Yosuke Yamashita, then he was 'discovered' by bassist Bill Laswell and he went on to record with Material, ...

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Akira Sakata and the Ghost of Albert Ayler

Read "Akira Sakata and the Ghost of Albert Ayler" reviewed by Mark Corroto

For so very long, since Albert Ayler's death in 1970, the faithful have been, to paraphrase Bruce Springsteen, “hiding 'neath their covers, studying their pain...wasting their summers, praying in vain for a savior to rise from these streets."And for the last 40 years, Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata has been a hero, and that's understood. His music has allowed listeners to, indeed, case the promised land.Western audiences may have first noticed him playing in 1986 with Last ...