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Maria Joao & Aki TakaseLooking For Love ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Germany), 1987. New Copy ... $7.99
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". CD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)

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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 TakasePerdido ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $16.99
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 ... About January 20, 2021 (delayed)
Titles include "Giant Steps", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", "Ida Lupino", "Shima Shoka", "Valse Hot", and "Timebends". CD

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Aki Takase & David MurrayBlue Monk ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... $16.99
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), New Copy ... About January 27, 2021
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Alexander Von SchlippenbachSlow Pieces For Aki ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
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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