KAZUTOKI UMEZU

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Kazutoki Umezu is generally considered a jazz musician, but the scope of his playing goes far beyond this characterization, and in many directions. He has played sax and clarinet, often inventively improvising, in a wide range of situations and in more than 35 different countries. Two of his stated influences are Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Eric Dolphy, but many others can be heard in his music. Umezu was born and raised in the city of Sendai, and began studying music from an early age. While still attending Kunitachi Music College, he made his first recording with his band Seikatsu Kojou Iinaki. In 1974 he relocated to New York and began playing with musicians like Lester Bowie, Oliver Lake, Sunny Murray, Ted Daniels and Rashid Ali. When he returned to Japan in 1976 he reformed Seikatsu Kojou Iinakai, and made two albums. At the same time he continued to explore other read more...
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KAZUTOKI UMEZU Discography

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KAZUTOKI UMEZU Bamboo Village album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bamboo Village
Avant-Garde Jazz 1980
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Another Step (with Mal Waldron) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Another Step (with Mal Waldron)
Hard Bop 1982
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Doctor Umezu Band & Kiyoshiro ‎: Danger album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Doctor Umezu Band & Kiyoshiro ‎: Danger
Eclectic Fusion 1982
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Doctor Umezu band : Dynamite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Doctor Umezu band : Dynamite
Eclectic Fusion 1983
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Doctor Umezu band : Do-Guwaw ! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Doctor Umezu band : Do-Guwaw !
Eclectic Fusion 1984
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Doctor Umezu Band ‎: Eight Eyes And Eight Ears album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Doctor Umezu Band ‎: Eight Eyes And Eight Ears
Eclectic Fusion 1985
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Doctor Umezu Band (DUB) : D album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Doctor Umezu Band (DUB) : D
Eclectic Fusion 1986
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Kinema album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kinema
Eclectic Fusion 1990
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Shin Myong album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shin Myong
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1992
KAZUTOKI UMEZU First Deserter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
First Deserter
Eclectic Fusion 1995
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Desert in a Hand album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Desert in a Hand
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Dancing Winds album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Dancing Winds
Eclectic Fusion 1997
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Pandora's Cocktail album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pandora's Cocktail
Eclectic Fusion 1999
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Kiki album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kiki
Eclectic Fusion 2001
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Umezu Kazutoki Kiki Band: Land Dizzy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Umezu Kazutoki Kiki Band: Land Dizzy
Eclectic Fusion 2002
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Play Time (with Vladimir Volkov) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Play Time (with Vladimir Volkov)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Kazutoki Umezu Kiki Band: Dowser album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Kazutoki Umezu Kiki Band: Dowser
Eclectic Fusion 2005
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Show the Frog album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Show the Frog
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Kazutoki Umezu Kiki Band: Demagogue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kazutoki Umezu Kiki Band: Demagogue
Eclectic Fusion 2007
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Plays the Enka album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays the Enka
Eclectic Fusion 2008
KAZUTOKI UMEZU A Chrysalis' Dream album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Chrysalis' Dream
Eclectic Fusion 2010
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Umezu Kazutoki KIKI Band : Coyote album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Umezu Kazutoki KIKI Band : Coyote
Eclectic Fusion 2013
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Face Off album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Face Off
Eclectic Fusion 2016
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Amatsu-Kitsune album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Amatsu-Kitsune
Eclectic Fusion 2017

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KAZUTOKI UMEZU Umezu-Harada Duo: Danke album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Umezu-Harada Duo: Danke
Avant-Garde Jazz 1981
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Doku Ume Band Plays: Deluxe At Sagae album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Doku Ume Band Plays: Deluxe At Sagae
Eclectic Fusion 1981
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Dr. Umezu Band: Live At Moers Festival album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dr. Umezu Band: Live At Moers Festival
Eclectic Fusion 1984
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Kazutoki Umezu + Tom Cora : Abandon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kazutoki Umezu + Tom Cora : Abandon
Eclectic Fusion 1988
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Eclecticism album cover 4.52 | 4 ratings
Eclecticism
Eclectic Fusion 1993
KAZUTOKI UMEZU 大仕事アンコール '94 Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
大仕事アンコール '94 Live
Eclectic Fusion 1995
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Greeting from Africa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greeting from Africa
Eclectic Fusion 2002
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Umezu Kazutoki Kiki Band: Live at Moers Festival album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Umezu Kazutoki Kiki Band: Live at Moers Festival
Eclectic Fusion 2004
KAZUTOKI UMEZU Umezu Kazutoki Kiki Band: Alchemic Life album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Umezu Kazutoki Kiki Band: Alchemic Life
Eclectic Fusion 2008

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KAZUTOKI UMEZU Another Step (with Mal Waldron)

Album · 1982 · Hard Bop
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Sax player Kazutoki Umezu came on Japanese jazz scene too late to participate in explosive introduction of free jazz in 1969-71.As a musical student he spent mid-70s in States playing around in New York lofts. Oliver Lake,Lester Bowie and David Murray were his influences. Still being a student he formed his first band Seikatsu Kōjyō Iinkai (with bassist William Parker and trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah among others), which recorded three loft-type free jazz albums. After return to Japan in 1976 Kazutoki tried to find a place for adventurous improvisational music what wasn't easy - it was a time of j-pop and j-fusion.

His first album as leader "Bamboo Village" was recorded in trio format (with legendary free-jazz percussionist Masahiko Togashi and American bassist David Friesen)and contained still same free jazz - no surprise it haven't been noticed in year 1980.Probably it pushed Kazutoki to quite unusual step - two years later he formed quartet with cult status in Japan having pianist Mal Waldron and recorded collection of five standards (incl."'Round Midnight")!"Another Step", Japan-only released album, stays Kazutoki's only hard bop album till now.

It would be not really correct to speak about "Another Step" as true mainstream album though. Differently from first generation Japanese free-jazzers known by their noisy,scratchy and often brutal,rock-influenced sound, Kazutoki's playing is closer to bluesy and tuneful free-bop.

"Another Step" was obviously oriented on traditional Mal Waldron's music Japanese listener and didn't add popularity to Kazutoki.Soon he will switch towards really new sound - mixing rock,avant-garde jazz,fusion,klezmer and funk - and will become the leading sax player of Japanese post-fusion generation.

KAZUTOKI UMEZU Eclecticism

Live album · 1993 · Eclectic Fusion
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Eclecticism is not only the name of this album, but the name of this great Japanese reeds player Kazutoki Umezu's project as well. And it would be hard to find a better name for them and their music.

Kazutoki Umezu played in NY downtown in 70s for some years, than lived in Japan and returned in NY back again in early 90s.His Eclecticism project is a result of his collaboration with excellent guitarist Marc Ribot and all the team of John Zorn-related NY avant jazz musicians. Recorded live in Knitting Factory, this album radiates the atmosphere of time and the place!

Most interesting thing with this album's music it is a mature and organic mix of Japanese high energy brutal avant with melodic Zorn-like NY sound. For many listeners Japanese improvisational music associates with Ruins/ Yoshida Tatsuya's brutal and noisy sound attacks.This album is very different: being still very high loaded ,there are plenty of melodies ( obviously Zorn's influence on "Italian movie soundtrack" "Western Picaro" or reworked waltz on "Ballet Dancer"),many different rhythms (from Klezmer to swing)and all music is very bright,various and ... positive!

Besides of Umezu, the other album's star is Marc Ribot: this quirky music and freaky party atmosphere is excellent place for his crunchy sound. But in fact all musicians are of highest level (they all come from Marc Ribot/John Zorn different projects).

Recorded material comes from live show ( October 27, 1992) at NY Knitting Factory and dedicated public adds even more fun for playful atmosphere. Excellent release for NY downtown music fans!

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