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Akira Sakata

Akira Sakata was born in Kure-city, Hiroshima in 1945. Studied marine biology at Hiroshima university. Formed a group Saibo-bunretsu (Cell fission) in Tokyo in 1969, and was also performing with various free-jazz musicians during this time. Since the late 1960s, Sakata has been a constant figure in jazz and creative music scenes as an ever evolving and adventurous, multi-instrumentalist, and member of classic groups such as Yamashita Yosuke Trio, from 1972 till 1979, and Wha-ha-ha plus many of his own, like the Sakata Akira mii. He has recorded with Chris Cosey, Peter Brotzmann in Last Exit, DJ Krush, Yoshimio, and others.

In 2005 he began peforming with guitarist Jim O'Rourke, drummer Chris Corsano and acoustic bassist Darin Gray. They've since released five albums together

Dental Kafka

Label: Trost Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ape Huci Kamuy (God Of Fire By Ainu People); Dental Kafka; Koro Koro Donguri; Bonjin.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bonjintan: Dental Kafka

Read "Dental Kafka" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The sophomore effort by Akira Sakata's quartet Bonjintan, which translates into “ordinary person" might actually be better interpreted as “egalitarian." Notice that neither the quartet's name nor the album cover mention the saxophonist's name. Like the initial, self-titled 2017 release on Sakata's Daphnia Records, Dental Kafka focuses on a quartet sound and four equal musicians improvising. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Music from Daniel Loomis, Mark Segger, and Theo Hill

Read "New Music from Daniel Loomis, Mark Segger, and Theo Hill" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Three featured new releases this time The new one from bassist/composer, Daniel Loomis is an evocative musical dive into an ancient, universal story exploring why bad things happen to good people, through a modern retelling of the Old Testament story of Job. Loomis brings his unique compositional voice and signature soulful bass-playing to a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Documenting Jazz 2019

Read "Documenting Jazz 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Documenting Jazz Conservatory of Music and Drama TU Dublin jny: Dublin, Ireland January 17-19, 2019 Jazz music, which has pretty much always meant different things to different people, has been comprehensively documented since its arrival in the first decades of the twentieth century. The most obvious form ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2018

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by Troy Dostert

2018 was a terrific year for imaginative, well-executed recordings that cover the spectrum of instrumental configurations in creative jazz and freely improvised music. From Susana Santos Silva's mesmerizing solo trumpet to Ingrid Laubrock's formidable orchestra (and everything in between), the following choices are a cross-section of some of the best the year had to offer. Something ...

ARTICLE: MY PLAYLIST

Mats Gustafsson

Read "Mats Gustafsson" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

If Mats Gustafsson's approach to music were to be described with a single adjective, it would have to be “intense." This applies to him both as a musician, as illustrated by over three decades of playing with stalwarts of the free and creative jazz scenes on both sides of the Ocean (Ken Vandermark, Peter Brötzmann, Joe ...

ARTICLE: MY PLAYLIST

Mats Gustafsson

Read "Mats Gustafsson" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Hank Mobley, Hank Mobley (Blue Note, 1957). Il disco jazz definitivo?! È tutto perfettamente bilanciato in questa supersession. Il sax tenore è poetico e la tromba di Art Farmer non è mai stata così lirica ed emozionante. Art Blakey è un genio dello swing e la foto di copertina è una delle mie ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Konstrukt: Molto Bene

Read "Molto Bene" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Many listeners still cannot fathom the concept of Turkish free jazz. Consider though, the origins of free jazz both in North American. The United States claims John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, and Cecil Taylor. But let us recognize that Europe produced Evan Parker (England), Bengt Nordström (Sweden), John Tchicai (Denmark), Peter Brötzmann (Germany), ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazztopad 2016, Part 1

Read "Jazztopad 2016, Part 1" reviewed by Henning Bolte

National Forum of Music Jazztopad 2016 Wroclaw November 22-24, 2016 Wroclaw was this year's European Capital of Culture, sharing that title with Donostia/San Sebastian, a landmark of importance. But it isn't the only distinctive 'C' connected with the annual Jazztopad festival organized by the National Forum of Music, the representative center ...


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