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Toyozumi, Sabu / Rick Countryman / Simon Tan / Isla Antinero / Stella Ignacio: The Search for the Fi (Sol Disk Records)

Recorded during Sabu Toyozumi's first collaboration with Rick Countryman in 2017, this album features music from the same nights that produced Jya-Ne and Center of Contradiction: 6 tracks from an August 11th quintet performance with voice and trombone, and electric bass; plus 2 tracks from the following night in a trio format with acoustic bass.
 

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Sabu Toyozumi-drums

Rick Countryman-alto saxophone

Simon Tan-electric bass, acoustic bass

Stella Ignacio-voice

Isla Antinero-trombone


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UPC: 888295847988

Label: Sol Disk Records
Catalog ID: SD1811
Squidco Product Code: 29733

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded August 11, 2017 & August 12, 2017 by Alvin Cornista.

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"Recorded during Sabu Toyozumi's first collaboration with Rick Countryman in 2017, this CD features music from the same nights that produced CDs Jya-Ne and Center of Contradiction. 6 tracks are from an August 11th quintet performance, with voice and trombone, and a rare evening with Simon Tan on electric bass. The electric bass creates a sound unique from any of the their recordings. The additional 2 tracks are from the following night, August 12th, in a trio format with acoustic bass, and feature some cool solos from Sabu."-Sol Disk


Artist Biographies

"Yoshisaburo "Sabu" Toyozumi (born Tsurumi, Yokohama, 1943) is one of the small group of musical pioneers who comprised the first generation playing free improvisation music in Japan. As an improvising drummer he played and recorded with many of the key figures in Japanese free music including the two principal figures in the first generation, Masayuki Takayanagi and Kaoru Abe from the late 1960s onwards. He is one of a very few of this circle who are still alive and engaged in playing this music today.

Toyozumi features on numerous commercially available recordings with many of the most notable Japanese and international improvising musicians including Derek Bailey, Mototeru Takagi, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Brötzmann, Keiji Haino, Otomo Yoshihide, Tom Cora and Fred Van Hove.

In 1971 he became the only non-American member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians(AACM)). He dedicated his first record as a leader, Sabu - Message to Chicago, to compositions by AACM members, and in 1992 toured and recorded with AACM trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.

Toyozumi has been instrumental in bringing many European and American improvisers to Japan including Derek Bailey, Misha Mengelberg and Sunny Murray.

In 2005 British improvising guitarist and promoter John Russell arranged a two-day event dedicated to Toyozumi in which the drummer performed in different groupings with 14 musicians from the London improvised music scene including, most notably, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Phil Minton, John Edwards and Steve Beresford. The Wire described his playing at this time as follows: "He's busy, but there's always space between his notes, and he avoids the flashy technical solution to musical problems. His playing is crisp and dramatic, with a very occasional use of repetition to spark a climax. If it's possible for a drum kit to ask awkward questions, Toyozumi seems to be doing it".

In an interview with Cadence Magazine in 1988 Toyozumi makes clear the importance of his relationship with nature as an influence on his playing and Clive Bell writing in The Wire in 2005 notes "his devotion to the way of Watazumido, the late shakuhachi player and Zen master, whose performances mixed martial arts and music in a bizarre cocktail of discipline and craziness".

In 2009 he returned to London to feature as one of the players in Russell's improvisation festival Fete Quaqua which was recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3. He continues to tour widely and in the past year or so has performed in Belgium and France, Chile, Taiwan, England, Philippines and Greece. He also performs from time to time with the legendary Japanese noise group Hijokaidan. Currently he can be found performing on the erhu - a two-stringed Chinese violin - as often as playing the drums."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabu_Toyozumi)
7/10/2024

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"Rick Countryman (January 31, 1957) is an American jazz saxophonist and flautist.

After years attracting little attention as a baritone saxophone player, including an extended sabbatical, Rick made a late-life change to alto sax, at the urging of bassist, Simon Tan. His first recorded session with Simon and Christian Bucher, avant garde drummer from Switzerland, attracted the attention of French label "Improvising Beings" and was released as "Acceptance - Resistance". The recordings received many positive reviews, both in the United States and Europe.

Rick currently now has 9 releases on 4 labels across Europe, Asia, and the United States, including multiple CDs with Japanese improvisational drummer, Sabu Toyozumi, who has made several trips to Manila to perform and record. The music continues to receive positive reviews and airplay. Two recordings were listed in "Gold Dolphy 2018".

Since 2011, Rick has been an active member of the Manila jazz scene. He leads and performs in ensembles on baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, alto flute and bass flute; performing original compositions, as well as free jazz/improvisation, in his own jazz quartets and trios. His style is heavily influenced by Eric Dolphy, Sonny Simmons and the 60s Free Jazz movement. He was a student of Bert Wilson, and considers Michael Bisio and Rick Mandyck early mentors."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Countryman)
7/10/2024

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"Simon Leonardo P. Tan (born August 13, 1970) is a Filipino bassist. Beginning classical guitar lessons at age 13 at the Yamaha School of Music stimulated his later exposure to electric guitar and, inevitably, his interest in the electric bass. He studied the contrabass at the University of the Philippines College of Music from 1988 until 1992, then embarked on a professional musical career. His ability as a multi-genre bass player readily caught attention, notably in the pioneering Manila-based blues band, Lampano Alley, led by the Filipino blues singer and recording artist, Binky Lampano. This was followed by his tenure as bassist and composer with the award-winning Philippine jazz group, WDOUJI.

Simon Tan's influences range from rock to classical, blues and jazz. His influences as a bass instrumentalist include Roscoe Beck, Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, Charlie Haden, James Jamerson, Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, and John Pattitucci. Notable (Filipino) musical (non-bass) influences include vocalist Binky Lampano and saxophonist Tots Tolentino."

-WikiVisually (http://wikivisually.com/wiki/Simon_Tan)
7/10/2024

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"Stella is a very unique performing and recording artist from the Philippines who has caught the hearts of audiences worldwide. An accomplished singer-songwriter, dancer and stage actress with a degree in Bachelor of Music major in Voice, she is a well-rounded performer who literally crackles with electricity the moment she sets foot onstage.

With a wide, vocal range and unique,creative style,she can effortlessly breeze through any tune from classical arias, broadway, blues, R&B, soul to pop, fusion and light rock though JAZZ and improvisation is what she really specializes in.Stella started dancing classical ballet at the age of five then later on shifted to jazz and tap dancing. At the same time, she took up piano, organ, guitar and flute lessons during her school days. Singing was incidental in her life as an artist. She really didn't think she could sing until she enrolled in the Conservatory of Music majored first in piano then shifted to voice. After graduation, she joined the Metropolitan Theatre and the Repertory Philippines which helped hone her acting,singing, and dancing ability by performing in some of their musical plays. She also sang for jingles and did voice-over and commercials. After theatre, she went on singing in hotel piano lounges and did several gigs and shows in her country and abroad. She also finished 3 albums under an independent label. She constantly travelled, did TV and radio guestings and also hosted for weddings and corporate shows.

She is currently doing fund-raising and benefit shows both in the Philippines and abroad and is an active member of the Center for Arts Foundation and the Rotary Club of Makati-Rockwell."

-Stella Ignacio Website (http://www.jazzstella.com/#!bio)
7/10/2024

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Jose Aris 'ISLA' Antinero - Philippines - Binangonan, Rizal. 2006-present Tenor Trombone for Norwegian Star, Norwegian Cruise Lines. 2005-2006- Tenor Trombone Player for the Enchantment of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines 1994-2005- Member, International Trombone Association 2004- Tenor Trombone Player for the Empress of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Has played with Michel Le Grand, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra. Played at 2006 Philippine International Jazz Festival. Member of Inem Jazz Sextet.

-Trombone USA (http://www.trombone-usa.com/antinero_jose_bio.htm)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Hear The Universe 8:59

2. Unentitled One 2:05

3. No Designated Area 5:24

4. Turtle Nebula 7:24

5. Unentitled Two 3:11

6. Search For The Five Senses 7:22

7. Three States Of Matter 11:26

8. Mosquito Exception (Extended Version) 14:00

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Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
Asian Improvisation & Jazz
Quintet Recordings

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