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In autumn 1992, opportunely, a keyboardist Takeshi SHIMIZU came across a drummer Baker DOI in an open-air concert upon 'Kokage No Hiroba (a stage under a tree)" by Osaka Maru Building, and as a matter of course, they founded a contemporary jazz / fusion piano-based trio named EARTH DEFENSE FORCE.

In October 1992 the project was reformed as a quintet named E.D.F. They have had regular gigs on the stage in a reggae club Climax and released several (studio / live) albums over the last decade - an especially noteworthy one being their eponymous studio album "E.D.F." and their live masterpiece recorded in October 2006 "Live At Kozagawa." Both have been reissued via Follow Club Record in 2012.

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E.D.F. Earth Defence Force album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Earth Defence Force
Hard Bop 1993
E.D.F. E.D.F. album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hard Bop 2001
E.D.F. Salvation By Faith album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Salvation By Faith
Hard Bop 2008
E.D.F. Sea Of Clouds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sea Of Clouds
Hard Bop 2012

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E.D.F. At The Otokuni Festa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Otokuni Festa
Hard Bop 1994
E.D.F. Psychedelic Freedom album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelic Freedom
Hard Bop 1994
E.D.F. Live At Kozagawa album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Live At Kozagawa
Hard Bop 2010

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E.D.F. Best Of E.D.F. album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Of E.D.F.
Hard Bop 1997

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E.D.F. Live At Kozagawa

Live album · 2010 · Hard Bop
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Look, what a clear, gracious pure water in their sleeve, and what a comfortable, hearty atmosphere around them. This 'Kozagawa' town, a part of Wakayama-Pref., is the place Takeshi’s grandma was born (and close to 'my' hometown :P) and naturally memorable for him.

Guess all songs (composed by Takeshi) have been chosen along with such a countryside, where may be no modern convenience nor electronic equipment but cool air and clean water. Takeshi's flexible and sincere keyboard, Tsutomu's soft and relaxing saxophone, Baker's steady and enthusiastic drums, Yoichi’s powerful and rigid trumpet, and Yu’s deep, quaky bass ... all talented players can be merged into the nature around, and launch natural sounds and views.

"Real Permanent Echo" reminds us something motivated upon a quiet countryside. Upon the rigid grassy ground harden by Baker and Yu’s rhythm section, Takeshi’s cool keyboard wind is blowing gracefully. Yoichi’s trumpet palpitation, Tsutomu’s saxophone ripple both are very invasive and impressive. In "Ghost Wall" I’ve got quite curious how they might create soundscape whilst feeling ghostly weirdness in the nature. More quirky and uptempo phrases are thrown than previous track, which might express such a weirdness I guess. But their comfortable play was unchangeable, as if they would accept ghost as a friend, and "Ghost Wall" as a commune of nature. A slow ballad swinging like a willow "Moon" is another superb one featuring dim and slender wind chasers’ world.

"Keynote" (a homonym of 'Kii No Oto', soundscape at Kii in English) is a song after lots of sounds around Wakayama (namely Kii Area). We can find a miscellaneous assortment of sounds and noises in Wakayama - water running, wind blowing, old ladies chattering, and animals / insects singing ... they amazingly play expression with various melodies and streams by their instruments. The last "Little One" is a little pretty and charming, where all of them sound intentionally like a little bird’s chirp or active fish’s splash, enjoyable stuff really ... especially under Takeshi’s popping keyboard play, Kozagawa’s beautiful and splendid atmosphere could be well expressed methinks.

Totally ... ah, nothing can be explained enough by me, please listen to this fantastic air and enjoy.

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