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Masabumi Kikuchi


Masabumi "Poo" Kikuchi was a Japanese jazz pianist of legendary stature with a vast discography that ran the gamut from straight-up post-bop and vanguard classical to fusion recordings, solo synthesizer dates, and even digital dub. He toured and recorded with artists as diverse as Sonny Rollins, Lionel Hampton, Terumasa Hino, Sadao Watanabe, and drummer Paul Motian, among others. Kikuchi was born in Tokyo in October of 1939. He studied music at the Tokyo Art College High School and, upon graduating, immediately formed his own trio. Soon after, he won a spot in Hampton's Japanese touring band

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Megumi Yonezawa: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

La pianista giapponese Megumi Yonezawa, da tempo residente a New York e collaboratrice stabile di Greg Osby, esce per Sunnyside con il secondo album a proprio nome, un piano trio nel quale mescola brani di propria composizione, alcuni standard e un'improvvisazione totale.La cifra del lavoro è quella di un modern jazz estremamente ricco di ...


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August 2023

Read "August 2023" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel

PJEV-Kit Downes-Hayden Chisholm Medna Roso Red Hook 2023 With the third release on his Red Hook label it is becoming increasingly clear that producer Sun Chung isn't trying to box his label's musical output into any specific jazz styling or avant-garde field of experimentation, but rather that music can and should ...


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Satoko Fujii: Torrent

Read "Torrent" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

It starts with assertive flurries. The tune is “Torrent," also the album title. From the opening flurries, things do swell in the direction of a torrent. This is pianist Satoko Fujii sitting down at the piano without a pre-planned set. She conjures the music, much as pianist Keith Jarrett did in his monumental solo shows before ...


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Isaiah Collier, David Binney, Charlie Peacock, Cecil L.Recchia &More New Releases

Read "Isaiah Collier, David Binney, Charlie Peacock, Cecil L.Recchia &More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Modern takes on old and new standards, fascinating singers, compelling pianists and much more in this set.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Cecil L. Recchia “Chitlins Con Carne" Play Blue (Association Harpo) 0:16 Host talks 3:48 Samara Joy “The Trouble with Me Is You" Samara ...


Hanamichi — The Final Studio Recording

Label: Red Hook Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Ramona; Summertime; My Favorite Things I; My Favorite Things II; Improvisation; Little Abi.

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Manolo Cabras: gli album che sto ascoltando

Read "Manolo Cabras: gli album che sto ascoltando" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Annette Peacock, An Acrobat's Heart (ECM, 2000) Un album incredibilmente bello di una delle figure più misteriose, sfuggenti e seducenti ai margini del jazz. 2. Bill Laswell, Baseline (Elektra Records, 1983) A volte il primo album rimane il migliore. 3. Paul Motian Trio ...

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Masabumi Kikuchi: Hanamichi — The Final Studio Recording

Read "Hanamichi — The Final Studio Recording" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Esce postumo, a inaugurare l'etichetta Red Hook, questo album in solitudine del grande pianista giapponese Masabumi Kikuchi, che molti ricorderanno per le collaborazioni con Gary Peacock (epica quella del 1971, Voices) e Paul Motian, su tutte il formidabile e geniale trio Tethered Moon. Registrato nel 2013, due anni prima della sua scomparsa, il lavoro vede il ...


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Solo Pianists from Japan

Read "Solo Pianists from Japan" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

These are two recent solo piano releases from Japanese players. One is the latest dispatch from a prolific musician. The other is a farewell statement from a deceased artist. Satoko Fujii Hazuki Libra 2021 Satoko Fujii has been amazingly prolific in the last few years, releasing a ...


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Masabumi Kikuchi: Hanamichi The Final Studio Recording

Read "Hanamichi  The Final Studio Recording" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Masabumi Kikuchi is not the kind of jazz pianist who just strikes the keys to produce a sound. He has a Zen-like approach to the instrument by making it an extension of himself, and thus both constructs and hears the music produced as a different form factor. There are and were other contemporary pianists such as ...


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