AKIRA SAKATA — Akira Sakata & Giovanni Di Domenico: Iruman

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Tracklist

1 Seijaku No Ichimai - A Piece Of Silence 1:40
2 Kousa No Odori - Yellow Sand Blowing From China 3:48
3 Suiren No Saku Huruike – Lotus Blossom In An Old Pond 5:01
4 Yamadera Ni Kikoyuru Koe – Voice From A Temple In The Deep Mountain 6:00
5 Moe I – Bud I 3:46
6 Tanbo Ni Mizu Ga Hairu – Water Coming Into Rice Field In The Spring 2:55
7 Sukiyazukuri No Tatazumai – The Peaceful Atmosphere Of A Wood Sukiya-Style Temple 5:03
8 Hachi To Ohisama – The Bee And The Sunshine 1:39
9 Papiruma 3:23
10 Moe II – Bud II 15:23

Line-up/Musicians

Akira Sakata: alto sax, clarinet, voice, bells and shakers;
Giovanni Di Domenico: piano

About this release

Mbari Musica ‎– Mbari21 (Portugal)

Recorded at GOK Sound (Tokyo), November 2012

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Japanese sax player Akira Sakata born near Hiroshima in 1945.After university studies in marine biology, he switched towards jazz artist's career becoming a part of Japanese explosive free-jazz scene in late 60s.Akira still evidenced best time of this genre in Japan,but in fact since free jazz popularity declined drastically during seventies, he was late just a moment to become a star.From 1972 to 1979 he was a member of well-known Yosuke Yamashita Trio,in 80s he played with Last Exit; Bill Laswell became his albums producer (incl. "Fisherman's.com" with former Miles Davis guitarist Pete Cosey). Still last decades of XX century weren't all that productive and successful for Sakata.

During first decade Sakata became much more popular again, partially on wave of reborn interest to free improvisation in Europe. Here on "Iruman"(Japanese word of Portuguese origin,which came to Japan with Jesuits in 16 century and in original (“irmão”) meaning “brother”) Akira plays duo with twice younger Italian pianist Giovanni Di Domenico,his first duo with pianist ever. Giovanni Di Domenico grew up in Cameroon and plays free improvisations(more often) and classic compositions, sometimes African music-influenced.

Recorded in Tokyo,this album contains mostly free-improvised music,but of quite unusual kind.Sakata,who in his younger years has been known by quite explosive screaming sax attacks,is much subtle here. His playing is often meditative, philosophical and combines Japanese and European classic tradition (in moments he sounds similar to Jimmy Guiffre).Akira sings on few songs (instead of playing sax) as well, surprisingly his Japanese tradition-influenced vocalize fits well and adds lot of additional charm to whole music. Di Domenico plays very free form piano miniatures,but well-structured,tuneful and lyrical - listen to separate fragments often reminds European chamber piano recital,in moments warn,sometimes almost polished.

Probably looking as bag full of unrelated components on paper,all these elements mixed both together work surprisingly well. Album sounds quite easy-listenable,non-boring and attractive. Not all music is of the same level, there are some moments where happens almost nothing,but in whole "Iruman" is the album, interesting not only for fan of Akira Sakata or free improvisations.

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