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Ingrid Laubrock + Aki Takase: Kasumi

Read "Kasumi" reviewed by Don Phipps

Looking into a mirror, one can see a reflection. Holding a mirror up to a mirror, one can see not only one reflection but a series of reflections. Kasumi, a chamber-jazz album from pianist Aki Takase and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, is a lot like that--the compositions form a series of reflections, in this case highlighted by top-drawer abstract music. Modernism pervades the compositions —five by Takase, three by Laubrock, and four written jointly. Each piece has its own ...

INTERVIEW

Aki Takase: In The River's Flow

Read "Aki Takase:  In The River's Flow" reviewed by Ian Patterson

After forty plus years of recording and touring Aki Takase could be forgiven for easing up a little, for pulling back on the reins. Instead, the Japanese pianist/composer's creative fire is burning as strongly as ever. Since turning seventy in 2018, Takase has released five albums--four in 2019 alone. This output of creative energy showcases the pianist's versatility and a broad-minded approach to music making. DITZNERs Carte Blanche--Live at Enjoy Jazz Festival 2017 (fixcel, 2018) captures Takase in ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Aki Takase: Thema Prima

Read "Thema Prima" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Where does one go after having studied the most important composers in jazz history and dedicated entire albums to them in a 40-year career? The answer lies somewhere between nowhere and everywhere, according to what Japanese pianist / composer Aki Takase presents with her new energetic project JAPANIC on Thema Prima. Whilst the aesthetic and energy at hand are steeped in the tradition of late greats, Takase welcomes chaos into her world and, with some help of modern electronic manipulations, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Aki Takase Japanic: Thema Prima

Read "Thema Prima" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Japanese pianist-composer Aki Takase might have agreed with Miles Davis when he said in a 1986 interview with Nick Kent for The Face: “just about everything sounds better these days. Even a car crash sounds better." For the brilliant collison of jazz and hip-hop that is Thema Prima bristles with sonic textures seemingly inspired by the cut and thrust of urban centers. In some ways, these ten pieces could arguably be read as a vibrant extension of LOK 3 (Leo ...

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No Euros Required

Read "No Euros Required" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a heavy European flavour to this episode as we explore the current scene in eleven different countries. Two albums on the Hungarian BMC label introduce BMC's latest round of releases: pianist Aki Takase (Germany) & her band, Japanic, and saxophonist Istvan Grensco & his Collective Special 5 (Hungary), which features the great American reed man, Ken Vandermark. It's a first time meeting for these two tenor titans of today. German drummer Peter Kahlenborn and his trio tear it up ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Aki Takase: Cherry ‎– Sakura

Read "Cherry ‎– Sakura" reviewed by John Sharpe

Twenty three years after their first studio date Blue Monk (Enja, 1993), Japanese pianist Aki Takase and American saxophonist David Murray reunite in Switzerland. There has been one live recording since, Valencia (Sound Hills, 1997), but the question remains what took them so long? The saxophone/piano axis has been a favored format for both. Murray's companions include Mal Waldron, John Hicks, Randy Weston and most frequently Dave Burrell, while Takase's partners encompass Rudi Mahall, Silke Eberhard, Louis Sclavis and Daniele ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Aki Takase La Planete: Flying Soul

Read "Flying Soul" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Japanese pianist, composer Aki Takase collaborates with her peers on what could be considered an all-star international lineup, originating from her partnership with French clarinetist Louis Sclavis. Interspersed with several pieces, spanning one-minute to two- minutes in length, the nouveau chamber, jazz, and improvised segments are brusque, changeable and smoothly cohesive. In addition, many of these works take on the flavor of intersecting vignettes. Takase's Midas touch can be ever-so-gentle or constructed on steamy, avant-like flurries. The band conjures notions ...


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