STOMU YAMASHITA

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Unfortunately for this exceptional percussionist, rarely if ever has an artist's career been so derailed by outside influences and international possibilities. After spending his adolescence under the nurturing and watchful eye of his conductor father, who was leader of Kyoto Philharmonic Orchestra, the international success of Yamashita's early recordings brought umpteen invitations to work in Europe, most especially in Paris and London. In late 1971, Yamashita's fabulous percussion-only LP RED BUDDHA was prepared for release by the French Barclay label and Britain's own London Records, but only with the caveat that he change the final element of his name which, he was told, sounded too much like 'shitter'. Substituting an apostrophe for the offending 'i', the renamed Yamash'ta soon found himself drawn to the burgeoning English jazz-rock scene, and signed to Island Records with his new all-English jazz-rock ensemble Come to the Edge, led by percussionist Morris Pert. Thereafter, it read more...
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STOMU YAMASHITA Discography

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STOMU YAMASHITA The World Of Stomu Yamash'ta album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The World Of Stomu Yamash'ta
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1971
STOMU YAMASHITA Stomu Yamash'ta /  Masahiko Satō : Metempsychosis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stomu Yamash'ta / Masahiko Satō : Metempsychosis
Avant-Garde Jazz 1971
STOMU YAMASHITA Red Buddha album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Red Buddha
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1971
STOMU YAMASHITA Percussion Recital album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Percussion Recital
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1971
STOMU YAMASHITA Prison Song / Turris Campanarum Sonantium / Seasons album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Prison Song / Turris Campanarum Sonantium / Seasons
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1972
STOMU YAMASHITA The Soundtrack From 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Soundtrack From "The Man From The East"
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1973
STOMU YAMASHITA Stomu Yamash'ta's East Wind : Freedom Is Frightening album cover 3.83 | 2 ratings
Stomu Yamash'ta's East Wind : Freedom Is Frightening
Fusion 1973
STOMU YAMASHITA Stomu Yamash'ta's East Wind  : One By One album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Stomu Yamash'ta's East Wind : One By One
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1974
STOMU YAMASHITA Raindog album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Raindog
Fusion 1975
STOMU YAMASHITA Iroha = いろは album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Iroha = いろは
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1981
STOMU YAMASHITA いろは「水」 Iroha (Sui) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
いろは「水」 Iroha (Sui)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1982
STOMU YAMASHITA Original Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack 0.00 | 0 ratings
Original Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack "Tempest"
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1982
STOMU YAMASHITA いろは「火」 Iroha (Ka) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
いろは「火」 Iroha (Ka)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1983
STOMU YAMASHITA Sea And Sky album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sea And Sky
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1984
STOMU YAMASHITA 空海 (Kukai) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
空海 (Kukai)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1984
STOMU YAMASHITA 太陽の儀礼 Vol. I / Solar Dream, Vol. I: 久遠之今 / The Eternal Present album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
太陽の儀礼 Vol. I / Solar Dream, Vol. I: 久遠之今 / The Eternal Present
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1993
STOMU YAMASHITA Mind Music In Stomu Yamash'ta :  太陽の儀礼 Vol. II / Solar Dream, Vol. II: サヌカイト の幻想 / Fantasy Of Sanukit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mind Music In Stomu Yamash'ta : 太陽の儀礼 Vol. II / Solar Dream, Vol. II: サヌカイト の幻想 / Fantasy Of Sanukit
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1993
STOMU YAMASHITA Solar Dream / 太陽の儀礼 Vol. III: Peace And Love / 神々の ささやき album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solar Dream / 太陽の儀礼 Vol. III: Peace And Love / 神々の ささやき
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1997
STOMU YAMASHITA A Desire Of Beauty & Wonder Stone Part 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Desire Of Beauty & Wonder Stone Part 1
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1999
STOMU YAMASHITA Listen To The Future, Vol. 1/懐かしき未来 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Listen To The Future, Vol. 1/懐かしき未来
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2001
STOMU YAMASHITA Stomu Yamashta & John Phillips : The Man Who Fell to Earth [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stomu Yamashta & John Phillips : The Man Who Fell to Earth [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2016

STOMU YAMASHITA EPs & splits

STOMU YAMASHITA Hey Man / Wind Words album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hey Man / Wind Words
Fusion 1974

STOMU YAMASHITA live albums

STOMU YAMASHITA Yamash'ta & The Horizon : Sunrise From West Sea 0.00 | 0 ratings
Yamash'ta & The Horizon : Sunrise From West Sea "Live"
Avant-Garde Jazz 1971
STOMU YAMASHITA Uzu: The World Of Stomu Yamash'ta 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Uzu: The World Of Stomu Yamash'ta 2
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1971
STOMU YAMASHITA Floating Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Floating Music
Fusion 1972

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STOMU YAMASHITA re-issues & compilations

STOMU YAMASHITA Two Originals - 0.00 | 0 ratings
Two Originals - "The Man From The East" & Red Buddha
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2007

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STOMU YAMASHITA Stomu Yamash'ta's East Wind : One By One

Album · 1974 · Jazz Related Soundtracks
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Sean Trane
Second Stomu album under the East Wind group name, with almost the same line-up, this album has a striking artwork photo of Stomu shot by future famous Mick Rock. The m album is actually the soundtrack of a movie (I've never seen it) of the movie of the same name, which appears to be about motor racing. Most of the music comes in a continuous flow, but it can't avoid the pitfall of soundtracks: like so many of those, the music serves the image and without the images, the music seems at times completely directionless, although One By One is not catastrophic in this regard.

The album starts (purposely?) on the 200 MPH title track suite (lasting almost 11 mins), which is a fast- driving jazz-rock, while the middle movement Hey Man is sung by percussionist/flutist Sami Abu, talking a sweet funk overtone, and the suite-closing Reprise sees Boyle's guitar solo soaring like an eagle over Hopper's superb bass work, which is quite different than what he had gotten used to on Soft Machine albums. The cosmic eerie opening Black Flame contrast with the solemnity of the rest of the track, a dramatic classical theme, played partly with classic instruments than with synthesizers. Rain race is is probably the best moment of the album with a superb Fender Rhodes over a string section, too bad its so short and followed by a fairly cheesy classical string closing Tangerine Beach, even if it had started well enough with a gloomy Moog trick.

The flipside attacks on a funk guitar over a square rhythm, and Yamashta's brother's violin and Abu's vocals and congas. While the 12-mins+ Superstar/Loxycycle (the only track played by other musicians than East Wind) goes through many changes, the track veers towards a jazz-funk that had by now overtaken the previous jazz-rock in most of the international JR/F scene. Nurburgring (it was at the time the longest circuit in the world measuring some 23 km long) is a quite interesting track, probably the proggiest of the album, but it's followed by a pointless Four Seasons passage (then again without the images of the movie, who says pointless) from Vivaldi. Accident is a wild musical free-for-all completely chaotic and followed by a cheesy mock chamber quartet piece to close the debate, echoing the other Tangerine track of the other side.

Yet another interesting album like Freedom, Floating Music and the Go project, OBO is certainly in Stomu's best five albums, although for a better enjoyment of this album, I think it would certainly gain seeing the movie for which the music was composed

STOMU YAMASHITA Stomu Yamash'ta's East Wind : Freedom Is Frightening

Album · 1973 · Fusion
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Sean Trane
Certainly Yamash'ta's most acclaimed album by connoisseurs anyway, even if the Go experiments are much better known because of the high profile musicians. Apparently East wind was supposed to the group of musicians accompanying Stomu (I don't have the full infos), but Freedom Is Frightening is the only album (to my knowledge anyway) bearing that name. As with all too many of Stomu's works, this album cries out for a Cd reissue. Even the original vinyl with its excellent day/night draw, artwork gracing both sides of the cover, leaves few infos as to what and why in the album. Just four announced tracks on this album (but there is a separate short vocal piece at the end of Rolling nuns), and they are stunners too. Opening on the slow developing title track, the musicians start very atmospherically, to slowly shift to early Barrett-less Floyd, gradually introducing a harder edge music through organs and electric guitar, By half the track, they are rocking solid with an infectious spacey groove, which continues to grow until its death. Rolling Nuns is a much quicker tempoed affair based on a funky bass (SM's Hugh Hopper is brilliant throughout the album) that moves from organ to splendid quick guitars (Gary Boyle , ex-Auger and future Isotope is also excellent), and the track ends in the afore- mentioned unnamed celestial vocal movement, lasting roughly two minutes.

The flipside takes on a much jazzier tone with Pine On The Horizon, but there is an annoying fiddle throughout most of the first part, but once it stops, the track veers red-hot funk-jazz with some good brass parts, then the track slowly dying on organs growls, spitting their guts out. The closing aerial Wind Words (so calm that it sounds new-age avant-la-lettre) starting with a melancholic violin, then irritatingly strident electric piano. Definitely the weaker track on this album.

One of the few Yamashta album's begging for a Cd reissue although still flawed, this album is warmly recommended as an introduction to his 70's career, which is the only one really worth investigating for progheads, his 60's and post 70's works being avant gazrde free-form "classical" music

STOMU YAMASHITA Stomu Yamash'ta's East Wind : Freedom Is Frightening

Album · 1973 · Fusion
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Stomu’s East Wind was formed off the success of his touring theatre shows but the group delivers something more than a ‘side project.’ The compositions on ‘Freedom is Frightening’ do have a theatrical feel and are quite dramatic at times but I enjoy that. In some ways, the music reflects longer moments from his earlier soundtrack to ‘Man from the East,’ making good use of builds and dynamics, especially on the title track, where the swirling and droning eventually gives way to soloing from Boyle, and actually, Stomu plays with a fair amount of restraint. It works for the song, but I still would have liked some more aggression from him in the closing minutes.

The album is actually a fairly high-energy outing for the most part, evidenced by the repetitive but spiky ‘Rolling Nuns’ which is like the downhill slope after the build up on the title track. Once more Boyle is all over the piece and again he’s assisted by Gascoigne’s fuzzy synth, which brings just enough menace to the piece. Stomu plays harder, driving the song from the drum stool and it doesn’t really let up until everything stops for a reverb heavy vocal outro. Some of the nice percussive touches here are continued in the more mid-tempo centrepiece, ‘Pine on the Horizon’ which almost brings Gentle Giant or Mahavishnu Orchestra to mind at times, or at least, a more sedate version of either band. Not just due to violin and guitar interplay but in the composition, it’s probably the most varied song structurally, bringing in a range of rhythms and moods to its eleven-plus minutes. It really gets rocking toward the end as Boyle cuts loose again, where a horn section makes a surprise appearance, and while not awkward, seems to be a little bit tacked on, as if the brass could have been incorporated further.

Bringing down the curtain is ‘Wind Words’ where Stomu’s wife Hisako takes the lead, her violin soaring over Gascoigne’s vibes and the acoustic guitar. It’s a haunting piece and a fantastic way to end a mostly charging album.

Stomu fans will want to get this one, it’s one of his best, in a varied discography, and those who enjoyed ‘Go’ may want to do so too. Just keep in mind the space-feel is not present here, it’s classic fusion with a flair for the theatrical, though fans of Isotope may want to check this one out for Boyle alone.

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