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Yosuke Yamashita

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Article: Album Review

Mototeru Takagi: Live At Little John Yokohama 1999

Read "Live At Little John Yokohama 1999" reviewed by John Sharpe


Four Japanese improvisers gather for an absorbing summit meeting in the Tokyo port city on Live At Little John Yokohama 1999. Probably the best known of the quartet will be tenor saxophonist Mototeru Takagi, who appeared on drummer Milford Graves' underground classic Meditations Among Us (Kitty, 1977) some 22 years earlier. There is a whiff of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Japanese Iconoclasts - Part 1

Read "Japanese Iconoclasts - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In addition to offering a safe haven and an enthusiastic audience for international jazz players, Japan has a vibrant local scene which features musicians that approach jazz without necessarily being encumbered by its tradition, and infuse it with their own cultural traditions and generally post-modern attitude. So let's dive into the fun and varied ...

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Article: Book Review

Free Jazz In Japan: A Personal History

Read "Free Jazz In Japan: A Personal History" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Free Jazz In Japan: A Personal History Soejima Teruto 367 Pages ISBN: 978-4-9908636-5-4 Public Bath Press 2019 An absolute legend in Japanese free-jazz circles, Soejima Teruto wrote about, lectured on and promoted the music he loved for almost sixty years. This personal account of the birth and development of ...

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Article: Album Review

Howard Riley: Live In The USA

Read "Live In The USA" reviewed by John Sharpe


This archival issue should further bolster British pianist Howard Riley's place among the top rank. Riley first came to prominence with the advent of his pioneering trio with bassist Barry Guy and various drummers including Tony Oxley, which extended yet further the egalitarian template first established by Bill Evans and Paul Bley. However Live In the ...

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Article: Live Review

Documenting Jazz 2019

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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 ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously

Read "Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


In the first two parts of this series we looked at the origins of jazz in Japan and its adherence to the American style of composing, arranging and playing. Though jazz has been popular in Japan from the earliest days, it was--as in the United States--hardly met with unanimous approval in a country that prized classical ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Musical Portrait Of Cortex

Read "A Musical Portrait Of Cortex" reviewed by Centro d'Arte Padova


For this new installment of our “50/50" series, we asked the members of Cortex (Thomas Johansson, Kristoffer Berre Alberts, Ola Høyer, Gard Nilssen), one of the most interesting groups in the burgeoning Norwegian jazz scene, to choose five tracks that inspired them in their music making. We then completed the selection with five other tracks taken ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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