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Takayanagi, Masayuki New Direction Unit: Axis/Another Revolvable Thing [2 CDs] (Blank Forms)

Reissuing the 1975 album of Japanese guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi's New Direction Unit with Kenji Mori on reeds, Nobuyoshi Ino on bass & cello, and Hiroshi Yamazaki on percussion, in a 2-CD set of the band's open-minded free-flowing and conceptual improvisation series "Fragments", captured live at Yasuda Seimei Hall in Tokyo, Japan and presented in performance order.
 

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UPC: 769791976665

Label: Blank Forms
Catalog ID: BF 015-16CD
Squidco Product Code: 29406

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recordinged at Yasuda Seimei Hall in Tokyo, Japan, on September 5th, 1975, by Noriyuki Ishijima.


Personnel:

Masayuki Takayanagi-guitar

Kenji Mori-reeds

Nobuyoshi Ino-bass, cello

Hiroshi Yamazaki-percussion

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"Masayuki 'Jojo' Takayanagi (高柳昌行) (December 22, 1932 - June 23, 1991) was a Japanese jazz / free improvisation / noise musician. He was active in the Japanese jazz scene from the late 1950s. In the 1960s he formed New Directions (later New Direction Unit), which recorded several albums throughout the 1970s. He also recorded several albums with saxophonist Kaoru Abe, including Kaitai Teki Kohkan, Gradually Projection and Mass Projection."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masayuki_Takayanagi)
11/18/2020

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"Kenji Mori (Japanese 森 謙 治, Mori Kenji, born March 21, 1942 in Keijō, Protectorate of Korea, the Empire of Japan (now Seoul, South Korea)) is a Japanese jazz musician (alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute) and music producer.

Mori worked in the early 1970s with Masayuki Takayanagi (the first live recordings were made in 1971), Sunao Wada, Isao Suzuki, Masaru Imada. In 1974 he recorded under his own name the album Solo & Trio, where he was accompanied by Hideo Ichikawa (with Tamio Kawabata and Arihide Kurata). 1975 followed the music devoted to Charlie Parker's album Plays the Bird (Offbeat), the Mori had recorded in a trio with Nobuyoshi Ino (Bsss) and Tetsujiro Obara (drums). In the following years he worked with Hideto Kanai & Kings Roar Orchestra, Shuko Mizuno / Toshiyuki Miyama & New Herd, in the formation Tea and Company (Sonnet, 1977, with Takao Uematsu), with Bingo Miki & Inner Galaxy Orchestra and with Tatsuya Nakamura, With Masayuki Takayanagi he guested in 1980 at the Moers Festival.

With Kazumi Watanabe, the bassist Nobuyoshi Ino and the drummer Steve Jackson 1977 he recorded the album Firebird (Three Blind Mice); 1982 followed the live album Be-bop '82 (with Yoshihiko Naya, Toshihisa Morita, Masashi Kato, Shunsuke Andoh), where he performed Bebop classics such as "Donna Lee", "A-Leu-Cha"and" My Little Suede Shoes" interpreted. In the field of jazz he was involved between 1971 and 1985 in 25 recording sessions. He then worked as a music producer."

-Wikipedia (Translated by Google) (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenji_Mori)
11/18/2020

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"Nobuyoshi Ino (born March 26, 1950, Gunma) is a Japanese jazz double-bassist.

Ino began playing professionally in the early 1970s, and worked in that decade with Motohiko Hino, Terumasa Hino, Kosuke Mine, Akira Miyazawa, Masahiko Sato, Isao Suzuki, Hidefumi Toki, and Kazumi Watanabe. Early in the 1980s he played with Masayuki Takayanagi and Aki Takase, then formed a duo with Lester Bowie, performing from 1984 to 1988 (including on the 1985 album Duet). He also worked with Alex Schlippenbach and Sunny Murray in a trio setting and toured with Elvin Jones. He founded an ensemble called Four Sounds in 1989 which featured Kosuke Mine, Fumio Itabashi, and Hiroshi Murakami as sidemen. Later in his career he worked with Masahiko Togashi as well as with Aki Takase once more."

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11/18/2020

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"Hiroshi Yamazaki, real name Yasuhiro Yamazaki (山崎泰弘), is a Japanese jazz/free jazz drummer, born in Tokyo. He has performed and recorded with Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit, Otomo Yoshihide, and Evan Parker."

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track listing:


CD1



1. Fragment - I (Gradually Projection) 19:37

2. Fragment - II (Gradually Projection) 15:05

3. Fragment - III (Percussion Solo) 13:18

CD2



1. Fragment - IV (Mass Projection) 12:31

2. Fragment - V (Mass Projection) 13:11

3. Fragment - VI (Mass Projection) 23:00
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Axis/Another Revolvable Thing is the second installment of Blank Forms' archival reissues of the music of Japan's eternal revolutionary Masayuki Takayanagi, following April is the cruellest month, a 1975 studio record by his New Direction Unit. Comprised of recordings of a September 5, 1975 concert by the New Direction Unit at Yasuda Seimei Hall in Tokyo's Shinjuku district, the two-part set showcases Takayanagi in deep pursuit of what he began calling "non-section music" after leaping beyond the confines of his prior descriptor "real jazz."

The quartet of Takayanagi (guitar), Kenji Mori (reeds), Nobuyoshi Ino (bass, cello), and Hiroshi Yamazaki (percussion) deftly explores the twin poles of Takayanagi's spacious "gradually projection" and explosively virulent "mass projection" concepts across six pieces, titled Fragments I - VI.

Originally issued in two individual LP volumes in rearranged order, this CD edition presents the Another Revolvable Thing concert in chronological sequence for the first time, with "gradually projection" pieces on the first disc and "mass projection" eruptions on the second.

As part of his liner notes for the original records (newly translated for this edition), noted Japanese free jazz critic Teruto Soejima wrote:

New Direction Unit performances always emit the smell of blood. Fresh blood, never blood that is old or crusted. This is not the desiccated shell of music, it's sound through which pumps the blood of living human beings. Blood that seethes, that flows and counterflows, that blazes, runs, rises and congeals, blood that vomits and spurts. Vivid, scarlet blood. The ultimate beauty that Takayanagi aims at, is it not the color of this blood?

Blood calls out to blood. For these four musicians, playing together means feasting on each other's blood. It is also a summoning to a secret blood oath, to the creation of solidarity with the audience. In the moment, truly, the situation and beauty are instantaneously unified. To borrow the title of a movie by K?ji Wakamatsu: blood is redder than the sun.

Masayuki "Jojo" Takayanagi (1932 - 1991) was a maverick Japanese guitarist, a revolutionary spirit whose oeuvre embodied the radical political movements of late '60s Japan. Having cut his teeth as an accomplished Lennie Tristano disciple playing cool jazz in the late '50s, Takayanagi had his mind blown by the Chicago Transit Authority's "Free Form Guitar" in 1969 and promptly turned his back on the jazz scene by which he was beloved, going as far as to call his former peers and admirers "a bunch of losers" in the press. Takayanagi had found a new direction, an annihilation of jazz and its associated idolatry of hegemonic American culture. Aiming his virtuoso chops towards the stratosphere, Takayanagi dedicated himself to the art of the freakout, laying waste to tradition left and right, most notably via the all-out assault of his aptly-named New Direction for the Arts (later New Direction Unit) and collaborations with like-minded outsider saxophonist Kaoru Abe. His innovations on the instrument parallel those of Sonny Sharrock and Derek Bailey and paved the way for the Japanese necromancy of Keiji Haino and Otomo Yoshihide, but even at its most limitless hurdling Takayanagi's playing is propelled by the dexterous grasp of his foundations, to which he paid tribute with elegant takes on flamenco and Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman." In the autumn of his life, Takayanagi's solo Action Direct performances made him one of the first guitarists, alongside but independent of Keith Rowe, to use tabletop guitar for pure noise improvisation."-Blank Forms

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