HIDETO KANAI

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Japanese jazz bassist, born in 1931 in Tokyo, Japan. Died April 8, 2011.

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Kanai, Hideto, bassist; b. Tokyo, 1931. Along with guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi, was a leader of the sixties avant-garde in Japan. Like so many of his generation, his professional career began in American servicemen's clubs, but after meeting Duke Ellington he began a more formal study of music. Kanai and Takayanagi founded the Jazz Academy (later New Century Music Workshop) in 1960, performing experimental jam sessions in coffeeshops that incorporated their interest in contemporary classical music and the jazz of Sun Ra, Charles Mingus, and Ornette Coleman. He led the King's Roar orchestra in the sixties and seventies, touring the USSR and South America with jazz arrangements of Japanese childrens' songs. He currently leads the Yokohama Jazz Orchestra.

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HIDETO KANAI Hideto Kanai Group : 3.50 | 1 ratings
Hideto Kanai Group : "Q"
Avant-Garde Jazz 1971
HIDETO KANAI Hideto Kanai & King's Roar : Ode to Birds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hideto Kanai & King's Roar : Ode to Birds
Avant-Garde Jazz 1975
HIDETO KANAI Hideto Kanai Quintet : Concierto De Aranjuez album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hideto Kanai Quintet : Concierto De Aranjuez
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
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Hideto Kanai Quintet : What
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979

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HIDETO KANAI Hideto Kanai Group : "Q"

Album · 1971 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Japanese jazz veteran bassist Hideto Kanai started playing jazz in US Army bases after WWII. Later during 60s he switched from mainstream to free and together with other celebrity guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi founded the Jazz Academy in 1960. Surprisingly during his half of a century-long career on scene Hideto recorded only four(!) albums as leader, all on legendary Three Blind Mice label.

"Q" is his debut release, and the album which made him famous around the world. Actually, four quite free compositions aren't all that different from that what Japanese advanced jazz of the time has been offering. Just time was great for innovative artists and almost every album, released by best country's musicians during early 70s is at least good, often really great.

Ten-pieces Hideo Kanai Group, formed for the recording, contained some leading artists of the time(incl.Masayuki Takayanagi on guitar,Mototeru Hino on drums and Kosuke Mine on alto sax among others). Album's opener and closer(two longest album's compositions)are pre-composed by two contemporary Japanese classical composers Shuko Mizuno and Hiroshi Nanatsuya specially for this release. Both sounds still quite free though, even if one can hear some classical structure and elements here.Two other short songs are just free improvs.

Kanai-led combo doesn't sound as orchestra - all music is build on Eric Dolphy's tradition of hard-bop backup with different artists free soloing over it,changing one another. Revolutionary for the time of release, this music dated well and today sounds as free jazz classics(and as a result has been reissued on CD few years ago).

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