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Aki TakaseClose Up Japan ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the most striking albums we've ever heard from pianist Aki Takase – a set that not only features work on bass from Nobuyoshi Ino, but also strong contributions from a string quartet! The strings are used in ways that are very different than the usual "jazz with strings" mode of the 50s and 60s – and instead, the Toki String Quartet work here with modes that are clearly inspired by the revolutions of Kronos Quartet – all sorts of modes on their instruments that are often as rhythmic as they are melodic, as much sonic experiments as musical notes – which is really augmented by Takase, who also plays some percussion too. The basswork of Ino is great – nice and deep, with all these moody textures – and titles include "Scaramouche", "Milestones", "Presto VH", "Song For Che", and "Point". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Aki TakaseSomething Sweet Something Tender ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2007. New Copy ... $16.99
A set that's maybe not as sweet as you'd guess from the title – as pianist Aki Takase plays solo, often with all these sharp, angular edges – as she makes her way through a host of great original material, plus well-selected tunes from Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Carla Bley, and Eric Dolphy! At times, there's plenty of Monk in the music – but other moments open up with that subtle darkness that makes Takase such a distinct pianist, especially at this point in her career – doing a heck of a lot with a little, but also bursting out with dynamic moments that also remind us of her command of the keyboard. Titles include "Globe Unity", "The Sphinx", "Walking Batterie Woman", "Intermission Music", "57577", "More Than Truly", "So Long Mr T Shimizu", "Hinter Meinem Rucken", and "Locomotive". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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✨✧ Aki TakaseClapping Music ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1995. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pianist Aki Takase has a great trio here – the legendary Reggie Workman on bass and Sunny Murray on drums – two players who can really dominate on their own, but who here work very strongly alongside Takase's lead! Aki's piano lines are bold and freewheeling – but also have a nice sense of space and timing – such that there's all these odd angles and unusual rhythmic progressions, which are only further emphasized by the work of Murray and Workman! The set includes the originals "Shima Shoka" and "Clapping Music", plus killer takes on the Mingus tunes "Boogie Stop Shuffle" and "Pussycat Blues" – and a version of the Schlippenbach track "Point". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Aki TakaseAki Takase Plays Fats Waller ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2003. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very unusual take on the music of Fats Waller – but that's maybe no surprise, given that Eugene Chadbourne's a member of the group! Aki Takase takes the songs of Waller here in a variety of different ways – sometimes using them as jumping off points for very free improvised passages, sometimes hanging more to the melodies, but still exposing all these unusual little qualities – and at a few points taking them straight – in a way that makes a nice sort of break between the more offbeat numbers – a spirit of play that's a bit like the Melody Four albums from the 80s. In addition to Aki on piano and Chadbourne on guitar and some vocals – the set also features Thomas Herberer on trumpet, Nils Wogram on trombone, Rudi Mahall on bass clarinet, and Paul Lovens on drums. Titles include "Vipers Drag", "Your Feets Too Big", "Any Tune But Fats Tune", "Lookin Good But Feelin Bad", "Intermezzo 3", "Hold Tight", and "I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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✨✧ Aki TakasePerdido ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The album's titled after a jazz standard, but the playing here of Aki Takase is anything but – served up on long, open tracks that aren't entirely free jazz, but which have a very spontaneous sense of creation – on long lines that mix subtle swing with an exploration of the farther boundaries of the piano – yet all without ever sounding too outside at all! The balance is maybe a bit like Keith Jarrett on some of his long improvisations – although Takase is a very different player overall, and even includes a bit of work on Koto on the set. Titles include "Down Dance", "ABC", "After A Year", and "Takedano Komoriuta". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Aki TakaseShima Shoka ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1990. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful solo piano from Aki Takase – the kind of record that shows just how much the Enja label could bring out from the pianist at her best – working here at a level to rival some of the American modern giants of the keyboard in years past! At times, Takase's almost got this Herbie Nichols-like angularity to her playing, but at other moments there's a Mal Waldron-esque sense of depth and tone – all balanced with her own sense of space and timing, which is one of the thing that's always set her apart from the rest, right at the start. Titles include "Giant Steps", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", "Ida Lupino", "Shima Shoka", "Valse Hot", and "Timebends". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Maria Joao & Aki TakaseLooking For Love ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Germany), 1987. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maria Joao is one of the most unique vocal talents in jazz – a singer who's partly inspired by the new freedoms of the more experimental female jazz vocalists of the 70s, but one who also draws a lot from the hippest Brazilian singers too! There's an approach here that mixes together Sheila Jordan with Joyce, Nana Caymmi with Karin Krog – but all at a level that also explodes with new imagination too, especially when paired with the very dynamic piano of Aki Takase! The set's got plenty of sharp edges and vocal/piano experiments, but also never fails to find a way to swing – on titles that include "Mae Dou Iho Nao", "My Favorite Things", "Estranha Forma De Vida", "Watashi No Obakasan", "Don't Shout At Me/Amanojaku", and "Confirmation/Donna Lee/Au Privave". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)

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✨✧ Aki Takase & David MurrayBlue Monk ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most striking albums we've ever heard from pianist Aki Takase – in large part because of some great work from David Murray on tenor sax – and some especially nice bass clarinet! The album's from a moment when it seemed as if duo modes were some of the best for Murray – a way of maybe reaching back into deeper jazz roots, while also bringing forth some of the fresher ideas he'd unlocked exploring the farther side of the jazz spectrum – but also demonstrating his amazing ability to be sensitive to a wide variety of musical partners, in ways that are even more compelling than his work in a larger group! As you'd guess from the title, the set's got a fair bit of numbers from the songbook of Thelonious Monk – and Takase's take on them is great, maybe blocky and spacious than Monk's own – which is offset by the warmly soulful blowing of Murray. Titles include "Ba Lu Bolivar Ba Lues", "Ellingtonia", "Blue Monk", "Ask Me Now", "Presto VH", "Mr Jelly Lord", and "Ballad For The Blackman". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Aki Takase & Rudi MahallDuet For Dolphy ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1997. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful tribute to Eric Dolphy – served up in a series of short duet readings of Dolphy compositions – put together almost as some sort of poetic testament to the power of his music! Yet the setting is also very personal, too – not a Dolphy-esque record at all, but more a declaration of the way that his inspiration helped shape the piano of Aki Takasi and bass clarinet of Rudi Mahall – as both musicians have these angularly charming lines that dance around each other wonderfully – maybe more Lacy/Monk overall, but with a spirit that's also very much their own too. Titles include "Hat & Beard", "17 West", "Straight Up & Down", "Misha's Slipper"- "Miss Ann", and "The Prophet". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)
 
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✨✧ Alexander Von SchlippenbachSlow Pieces For Aki ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Spacious sounds from pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach – a set dedicated to Aki Takase, a fellow pianist who's had an influence on his work in more ways than one – and who here is clearly the inspiration for slower movement and more contemplative sounds on the keys! We've always loved this side of Schlippenbach – he can be a demon when he wants to, but is often even more compelling when he works on the spaces between the notes – which is definitely the case here, as the set moves between short improvisations and some compositions that draw inspiration from the shared life of Aki and Alexander. Titles include "Cleo", "Naninga Nandemo", "Zycado", "Frage Nicht", "Dydo", "Improvisation V", "Haru No Yuki", "Improvisation III", "Tell You", "I Told You", and "Torso". CD

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VariousEnja Label Collection Vol 2 – Modern Jazz From Japan ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
An important part of the long legacy of Enja Records – a label that was based in Germany, but also offered key opportunities for expression to Japanese musicians over the years – especially during the 70s, when Enja released represented some of the few times these musicians were heard outside their local scene! Enja also maybe took even more chances with some of its Japanese artists than its American and European ones – allowing for some more outside, avant recordings – of which you'll find plenty here – mixed with a few straighter numbers as well. The package includes some moments when Japanese soloists join the groups of others, and lots more work by the musicians as leaders – and titles include "Night In Tunisia" by Yosuke Yamashita, "Alone Alone Alone" by Terumasa Hino, "Comme La Radio" by Akira Sakata, "Trinity" by Masahiko Sato, "Children Of The Night" by Bob Degen with Terumasa Hino, "Humpty Dumpty" by Akio Sasajima, "From Now On" by Karl Berger with Masahiko Sato, "Scarborough Fair" by Yosuke Yamashita and Hozan Hamamoto, "Ask Me Now" by Aki Takase and David Murray, and "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" by Aki Takase. CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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✨✧ VariousJ Jazz 3 – Deep Modern Jazz From Japan ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $29.99 32.99
An ear-opening set of Japanese jazz from a time when that nation's scene was really taking off – a period in the 70s when all sorts of new artists and new ideas were really flying around – and leaving behind a huge recorded legacy that's been mostly out of reach for us in the west! Japan always had a few big names in jazz that got exported overseas, but the work here is from some of the smaller names who were still turning out incredible music – much of it only issued on vinyl, and not reissued later – brought together here with copious notes that really tell you a heck of a lot about the music! There's definitely a post-Coltrane vibe going on – lots of spiritual elements, mixed with both moments that are funkier and more soulful, and others that are a bit more freewheeling – often stretched out on extended tracks that really let the artists take off and find their space. Titles include "Black Nile" by Hideyasu Terakawa, "Kirisame" by Ryusei Quartet, "Honey Sanba" by Katsuyuki Itakura, "Cumulonimbus" by Shigeharu Mukai, "Song Of Island" by Yasuhiro Kohno Trio + One, "Phoebus" by Hiroshi Murakami & Dancing Sphinx, "Morning Tiede" by Kohsuke Mine, "Kemo Sabe" by Masao Nakajima, "Song For Hope" by Aki Takase, "Planets" by Masaru Imada Trio + 1, "1/4 Samba" by Tatsuya Nakamura, "Acoustic Chicken" by Koichi Matsukaze, and "Cumorah" by Eiji Nakayama. CD features bonus tracks – "Wolf's Theme" by Seiichi Nakamura, "Burning Cloud" by Ryojiro Kurusawa, and "Groovy Samba" by Hideo Shiraki. (Funky Compilations, Jazz) CD
Also available J Jazz 3 – Deep Modern Jazz From Japan (3LP 180 gram pressing) ... LP 49.99

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✨✧ VariousJ Jazz 3 – Deep Modern Jazz From Japan (3LP 180 gram pressing) ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $49.99 54.99
An ear-opening set of Japanese jazz from a time when that nation's scene was really taking off – a period in the 70s when all sorts of new artists and new ideas were really flying around – and leaving behind a huge recorded legacy that's been mostly out of reach for us in the west! Japan always had a few big names in jazz that got exported overseas, but the work here is from some of the smaller names who were still turning out incredible music – much of it only issued on vinyl, and not reissued later – brought together here with copious notes that really tell you a heck of a lot about the music! There's definitely a post-Coltrane vibe going on – lots of spiritual elements, mixed with both moments that are funkier and more soulful, and others that are a bit more freewheeling – often stretched out on extended tracks that really let the artists take off and find their space. Titles include "Black Nile" by Hideyasu Terakawa, "Kirisame" by Ryusei Quartet, "Honey Sanba" by Katsuyuki Itakura, "Cumulonimbus" by Shigeharu Mukai, "Song Of Island" by Yasuhiro Kohno Trio + One, "Phoebus" by Hiroshi Murakami & Dancing Sphinx, "Morning Tiede" by Kohsuke Mine, "Kemo Sabe" by Masao Nakajima, "Song For Hope" by Aki Takase, "Planets" by Masaru Imada Trio + 1, "1/4 Samba" by Tatsuya Nakamura, "Acoustic Chicken" by Koichi Matsukaze, and "Cumorah" by Eiji Nakayama. (Funky Compilations, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available J Jazz 3 – Deep Modern Jazz From Japan ... CD 29.99
 
 
 



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