AKIRA SAKATA

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Born in Kure-city, Hiroshima in 1945. Studied marine biology at Hiroshima university. Formed a group Saibo-bunretsu (Cell fission) in Tokyo in 1969, and was also performing with various free-jazz musicians. Joined Yamashita Yosuke Trio from 1972 till 1979. In 1980 he formed his trio and its three month tour in Japan elicited a great public response. Its performance during this period was released as a live album POCHI.

Besides the activity with his trio, he formed Wha-ha-ha,which gained much attention as a collective group of musicians with strong personality from different fields, and its debut album Shinutokiwa betsu created quite a sensation in the music world in Japan. In May he did two month tour in Europe with his regular trio. And in November he appeared in Berlin Jazz Festival 1981 with newly formed Sakata Orchestra which he formed with handpicked musicians. They were very successful in the Festival, which
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AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata Trio ‎: Counter Clockwise Trip album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Akira Sakata Trio ‎: Counter Clockwise Trip
Eclectic Fusion 1975
AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata Trio ‎: Peking album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Akira Sakata Trio ‎: Peking
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
AKIRA SAKATA 20 人格/20Personalities album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
20 人格/20Personalities
Eclectic Fusion 1980
AKIRA SAKATA Sakata Orchestra ‎: 4 O'Clock album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Sakata Orchestra ‎: 4 O'Clock
Avant-Garde Jazz 1981
AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata And His Da-Da-Da Orchestra ‎: Da-Da-Da album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Akira Sakata And His Da-Da-Da Orchestra ‎: Da-Da-Da
Avant-Garde Jazz 1985
AKIRA SAKATA Tacology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tacology
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1987
AKIRA SAKATA Mooko album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mooko
Eclectic Fusion 1988
AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata vs Spherical Sound album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Akira Sakata vs Spherical Sound
Eclectic Fusion 1989
AKIRA SAKATA Silent Plankton album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Silent Plankton
Avant-Garde Jazz 1991
AKIRA SAKATA Autonomous Zone : The Map Is Not The Territory album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Autonomous Zone : The Map Is Not The Territory
Avant-Garde Jazz 1991
AKIRA SAKATA Nano Space Odyssey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nano Space Odyssey
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1992
AKIRA SAKATA How's That album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
How's That
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
AKIRA SAKATA Harpacticoida Akira Sakata ‎: La Mer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Harpacticoida Akira Sakata ‎: La Mer
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1998
AKIRA SAKATA Scenic Zone GAZELLE album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Scenic Zone GAZELLE
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2001
AKIRA SAKATA Fisherman's.com album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Fisherman's.com
Eclectic Fusion 2001
AKIRA SAKATA 108 Desires album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
108 Desires
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
AKIRA SAKATA Hyakuhachi Bonno (108 desires) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hyakuhachi Bonno (108 desires)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
AKIRA SAKATA Himawari album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Himawari
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
AKIRA SAKATA Friendly Pants (with Chikamorachi) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Friendly Pants (with Chikamorachi)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
AKIRA SAKATA Omusubi album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Omusubi
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata Trio ‎: チョット!(I'm Here !) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Akira Sakata Trio ‎: チョット!(I'm Here !)
Eclectic Fusion 2010
AKIRA SAKATA 平家物語 [The Tale Of The Heike] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
平家物語 [The Tale Of The Heike]
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi ‎: Sora Wo Tobu! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi ‎: Sora Wo Tobu!
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata & Giovanni Di Domenico: Iruman album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Akira Sakata & Giovanni Di Domenico: Iruman
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata & Fred Lonberg-Holm & Ketil Gutvik & Paal Nilssen-Love : The Cliff of Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Akira Sakata & Fred Lonberg-Holm & Ketil Gutvik & Paal Nilssen-Love : The Cliff of Time
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
AKIRA SAKATA Arashi album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Arashi
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke with Chikamorachi & Merzbow : Flying Basket album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Akira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke with Chikamorachi & Merzbow : Flying Basket
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2015
AKIRA SAKATA Jomon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jomon
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2017
AKIRA SAKATA bonjintan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
bonjintan
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017
AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata & Triple Edge album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Akira Sakata & Triple Edge
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019

AKIRA SAKATA EPs & splits

AKIRA SAKATA テノク・サカナ album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
テノク・サカナ
Avant-Garde Jazz 1980
AKIRA SAKATA Trauma album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trauma
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
AKIRA SAKATA Kaigarabushi (DJ Krush Remix) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kaigarabushi (DJ Krush Remix)
Eclectic Fusion 2002
AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata, Bill Laswell, Pete Cosey & Hamid Drake : Kaigarabushi (Bill Laswell Remix) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Akira Sakata, Bill Laswell, Pete Cosey & Hamid Drake : Kaigarabushi (Bill Laswell Remix)
Eclectic Fusion 2015

AKIRA SAKATA live albums

AKIRA SAKATA Pochi/ポチ album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pochi/ポチ
Eclectic Fusion 1980
AKIRA SAKATA Sakata Orchestra ‎: Berlin 28 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sakata Orchestra ‎: Berlin 28
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata Trio ‎: Dance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Akira Sakata Trio ‎: Dance
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
AKIRA SAKATA Mooko ‎: Japan Concerts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mooko ‎: Japan Concerts
Eclectic Fusion 1992
AKIRA SAKATA TOY with Mr. Sakata : Live at Pit Inn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
TOY with Mr. Sakata : Live at Pit Inn
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
AKIRA SAKATA Akatombo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Akatombo
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata / Jim O'Rourke : およばれ (Tetrodotoxin) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Akira Sakata / Jim O'Rourke : およばれ (Tetrodotoxin)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke : ExpLosion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Akira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke : ExpLosion
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2006
AKIRA SAKATA Sakata x Parker x McBride x Herndon ‎: In A Babble album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sakata x Parker x McBride x Herndon ‎: In A Babble
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
AKIRA SAKATA And That's The Story Of Jazz... (with Jim O'Rourke and Chikamorachi) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
And That's The Story Of Jazz... (with Jim O'Rourke and Chikamorachi)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
AKIRA SAKATA Live At The Bitches Brew album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Bitches Brew
Eclectic Fusion 2011
AKIRA SAKATA Live At the Hungry Brain album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At the Hungry Brain
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
AKIRA SAKATA Jazz Hijokaidan ‎– Made In Japan - Live At Shinjuku Pit Inn, 9th April 2012 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Hijokaidan ‎– Made In Japan - Live At Shinjuku Pit Inn, 9th April 2012
Eclectic Fusion 2012
AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata, Giovanni Di Domenico, John Edwards, Steve Noble : Live at Cafe Oto album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Akira Sakata, Giovanni Di Domenico, John Edwards, Steve Noble : Live at Cafe Oto
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
AKIRA SAKATA 15.01.14 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
15.01.14
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata × Futoshi Okano : Duo Improvisation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Akira Sakata × Futoshi Okano : Duo Improvisation
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi with Masahiko Satoh : Proton Pump album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi with Masahiko Satoh : Proton Pump
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018
AKIRA SAKATA First Thirst : Live At Cave 12 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
First Thirst : Live At Cave 12
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018
AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata, Simon Nabatov, Takashi Seo, Darren Moore : Not Seeing Is A Flower album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Akira Sakata, Simon Nabatov, Takashi Seo, Darren Moore : Not Seeing Is A Flower
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018
AKIRA SAKATA Sakata/Yermenoglou/Di Domenico/Damianidis : Hōryū​-​Ji album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sakata/Yermenoglou/Di Domenico/Damianidis : Hōryū​-​Ji
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019

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AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi with Masahiko Satoh : Proton Pump

Live album · 2018 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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On the new "Proton Pump", two Japanese living legends - reedist Akira Sakata and pianist Masahiko Satoh, perform with the younger generation American rhythm duo of Chikamorachi (bassist Darin Gray and drummer Chris Corsano) - live in Tokyo.

Satoh was a key figure in Japanese free jazz in the late 60s-early 70s, who later flirted with fusion and still releases albums time to time. Akira Sakata was another Japanese celebrity, playing with Yosuke Yamashita trio for years, later he started a solo career and is surprisingly active till now - he's possibly the best avant-garde jazz sax player in modern Japan.

Americans Chicamorachi were founded in 2005 and are very prolific, playing with the world's leading free improv artists, such as Jim O'Rourke, Merzbow, Keiji Haino among others.

"Proton Pump", recorded more than two years ago, is a classic avant-garde album of the old school. Starting from the cover art radiating the spirit of the early 70s, and finishing with a clear perfectly mixed worm sound. Sakata is the dominating figure here, with his mad genius screaming sax solos and shamanic vocalizations, but the whole quartet is simply of the highest class. Satoh plays high energy piano out of his trade-mark "science as significant part of the music" which sounded revolutionary in 1969, but too often destroys many of his later albums. Chicamorachi sound muscular, young and hungry - they add strong modernity scent to the surprisingly unsentimental music of two Japanese veterans.

Just four songs (vinyl album's size - as if CD format still doesn't exist!), perfectly played, well executed, all the time variable, but under full control of the band. A lot of tunes have almost lyrical sax timbres at moments - and not even the smallest trace of nostalgia.

This album is a really rare example of when generally over-explored and too often repetitive music sounds fresh, as if half of this century hasn't already passed.

AKIRA SAKATA Sakata Orchestra ‎: 4 O'Clock

Album · 1981 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Japanese reeds player Akira Sakata (born in Hiroshima in 1945) for last decade is on the top of most requested internationally country's jazz artist,playing and recording in States,Europe and Japan. He started his career in early 70s as highly respected Yosuke Yamashita Trio's member,but switched to solo career in early 80s. In mid-80s he played with short-lived but significant Peter Brotzmann's Last Exit (noisy supergroup with Sonny Sharrock,Ronald Shannon Jackson and Bill Laswell on board), and he met new Millenium playing with most radical experimenters around.

Still in early 80s Akira was more anchored to composed music, his short-lived but great Sakata Orchestra are a great example. "4 O'Clock" is the only band's studio album, released in 1981.

Massive reeds section (incl. future star Kazutoki Umezu),two drummers,two bassists,percussionist and two piano/keyboards players (plus uncredited operatic vocals on side B) build true orchestral feel on four pre-composed musical pieces. Differently from Sakata's current dominance of very free forms and often chaotic soloing, Sakata Orchestra were perfectly organised progressive big band with well-framed rhythm structures and arrangements. Main attraction were constantly changing soloists demonstrating truly free improvisational abilities.

Trying to use all most advanced trends of the time (incl. some cosmic electronic sounds and operatic vocals),Akira doesn't lose jazz orchestra's ground even for a second. It makes all music sound accessible,but very fresh and modern.

Well recorded (I missed more lows in mix though), this album sounds really attractive even today - great place to start one's journey researching rich legacy of living Japanese adventurous jazz legend.

AKIRA SAKATA Akira Sakata & Giovanni Di Domenico: Iruman

Album · 2014 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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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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