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Aki Takase

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Born in Japan, lessons of piano since 3 years old, later on studies of music at Tohogakuen Music University. Since 1978 several stays in the USA. Many concerts & recordings in Japan with Dave Liebman, Lester Bowie, Joe Henderson, Cecil McBee. 1981 first concert in Germany at Jazzfestival Berlin/Philharmonie. Since 1987 live in Berlin. Intensive work with Alex von Schlippenbach (Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra) and other musicians of the European New Jazz. (Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, Han Bennink, Tony Oxley...) In Duo with Maria Joao(1987-1994), with David Murray. in Trio with Rashed Ali and Reggie Workman. in Stringquartet (tour with Tristan Honsinger a.o.) Since 1996 play in Duo with Rudi Mahall.

Album

Auge

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Last Winter; Drops Of Light; Are Eyes Open; No Tears; The Pillow Book; Face Of the Bass; Calcagno; Out Of Sight; While In Rome; Motion In the Ocean; And If Not, Why Not; Underfelt; Who's Going To Bell The Cat?; The Ends Justify the Means.

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A Mixed Bag of New Releases

Read "A Mixed Bag of New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne


A mixed bag of great new sounds. After last year's successful big band outing, Blue Soul, guitarist Dave Stryker is back with his hard-driving, deep grooving B3 organ group on his new recording—Baker's Circle. The Tania Giannouli Trio's unique sounds have been described as Manfred Eicher's dream of a Mediterranean holiday. Tom Swafford and Zachary Swanson ...

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Article: Radio

Alexander Hawkins, Michael Gregory Jackson & Cowboys & Frenchmen

Read "Alexander Hawkins, Michael Gregory Jackson & Cowboys & Frenchmen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


New releases galore this edition to sift through and that's always enjoyable. Pianist Alexander Hawkins goes large ensemble on his new Togetherness Music and which is graced by the presence of the great Evan Parker; the Finnish duo of Timo Lassy and Teppo Makynen tear things down on the opening track; the trio of Brian Jones, ...

Article: Album Review

Alexander von Schlippenbach: Slow Pieces for Aki

Read "Slow Pieces for Aki" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Che Alexander von Schlippenbach non sia più il pianista incendiario e irriverente dei suoi anni d'oro, quando s'impose fra i padri nobili del radicalismo free di marca europea (ma anche per un bel po' dopo), lo sappiamo ormai da tempo. Questo suo nuovo lavoro solitario, dedicato alla moglie Aki Takase, ce lo conferma nella maniera più ...

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Aki Takase: Auge

Read "Auge" reviewed by John Sharpe


While it might be Aki Takase's name which grabs the attention thanks to her illustrious track record, the trio on Auge represents a true co-operative, as the Berlin-based Japanese pianist joins forces with Swiss bassist Christian Weber and German drummer Michael Griener in a perfectly balanced triumvirate. Takase draws on an ouevre which ...

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Article: Album Review

Alexander von Schlippenbach: Slow Pieces For Aki - Piano Solo

Read "Slow Pieces For Aki - Piano Solo" reviewed by John Sharpe


At the behest of his wife Aki Takase, fellow pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach presents 21 short unaccompanied tracks on Slow Pieces For Aki. It is only his fourth solo record in a career spanning over 50 years, during which he has blazed trails with both large ensembles, notably Globe Unity Orchestra, and small groups, in particular ...

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Enjoy Jazz and More 2020

Read "Enjoy Jazz and More 2020" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Various venues Enjoy Jazz and More Heidelberg, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Schwetzingen October 14-30, 2020 Enjoy Jazz is a festival that stretches across 7 weeks from the beginning of October to halfway through November in the urban area of Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg in southwestern Germany. The long stretch had ...

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Article: Album Review

Alexander von Schlippenbach: Slow Pieces For Aki: Piano Solo

Read "Slow Pieces For Aki: Piano Solo" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach began recording in the 1950s. Twenty years into the new millennium, he continues to do so prolifically, with twenty-five albums under his own name listed on Wikipedia--a seeming short shrift; his three solo albums on the Intakt Records label from 2005 and 2012 somehow didn't make the list, suggesting there are more. ...

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Japanese Iconoclasts - Part 2

Read "Japanese Iconoclasts - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


From audiophile jazz labels, to definitive record stores and jazz kissaten, the outstanding jazz bars that provide a cozy place for jazz fans to congregate and share their love for jazz, Japan has traditionally been one of the most jazz-friendly countries in the world. Here is the second part of a special edition that pays tribute ...


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