6 December 2010

MASAYUKI TAKAYANAGI "FREE FORM SUITE" (THREE BLIND MICE, 1972)




As my reservoir on Masahiko Togashi (deleted ones) comes almost to an end, I'll continue the japanese series with another great master.
As far as I know most recordings of Masayuki Takayanagi are available. I got this CD from a Company in Hamburg which sells tea. Let's have a mouthful.
"Free Form Suite" is a mixed bag insofar as there is a more "traditional" part - the first three tracks - and than a more powerful part called "Free Form Suite".
Not his most ferocious music - but listen for yourself.


MASAYUKI "JOJO" TAKAYANAGI & NEW DIRECTION FOR THE ARTS
"FREE FORM SUITE"


Masayuki Takayanagi,acoustic, electric & gut guitar
Kenji Mori,cl,fl,ss,as,picc,recorder
Hiroshi Yamazaki,dr,perc
Joe Mizuki,dr,perc
Toshio Saito,time conductor (4,5,6)

1. The Blues 06:07
2. You Don't Know What Love Is 09:47
3. Sun In The East 09:58
4. Free Form Suite
1st Movement 06:46
2nd Movement 06:35
3rd Movement 09:47

Recorded "Live" at Aoi Studio, Tokyo on 19th May, 1972


In Germany there is an idiomatic expression which goes roughly ... "on one foot there is no good standing".

I found the second foot some days ago.

http://avaxhome.ws/music/jazz/Masayuki_Takayanagi_and_New_Direction_Unit_Live_at_Moers_Festival.html

Enjoy!

15 comments:

onxidlib said...
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1009 said...

Thanks much! All Takayanagi greedily consumed!

I was similarly let down by the first few tracks here. FFS itself, though, is an interesting listen.

There's not enough scholarship in English on the Japanese improv scene. Too often all "free" stuff gets broken down into "Eurocentric" and "Afrocentric" (to borrow terms from George Lewis, whose scholarship I generally adore) without accounting for the way Japanese work engages with scenes in the US, western (and, hey, eastern!) Europe.

kinabalu said...

There's also this one of older vintage:

http://avaxhome.ws/music/jazz/Masayuki_Takayanagi_Ginparis_Session.html

matt w said...

Thanks for this! I actually think the blues is pretty funny.

Anonymous said...

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


fuckin'in love with jojo

Anonymous said...

more intresting...

http://avaxhome.ws/music/jazz/Masayuki_Takayanagi_and_New_Direction_Unit_Live_at_Moers_Festival.html

but for me the best is "april is the cruelest month" and the lp with abe (my secret dream)

SOTISE said...

yeah WOW Onx , enjoyable, exhilarating if vERy tough stuff.

Takayanagi really goes out on a limb in the noisier free pieces ,formal coherence be damned!

Timbrally He makes even Sonny Sharrock & Rudolph Grey sound Timid.

onxidlib said...

...and this is a milder version of Takayanagi's music...

kyonpalm said...

Could you please re-upload this? I'm trying to collect the TBM catalogue and it's quite hard to find some of these records...

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Anonymous said...

love it! thanks much!

Igor

Yiu Cho said...

Many Many Many Thanks for all the music you've posted. My appreciation is more than words I can say.

Nick said...

Re-released on Think! Records

NM said...

Maybe my fault but can't find the new link... any help? thanks.

Nick said...

It is back in print, so no links