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Trumpeter Itaru Oki's third album from 1975 reissued, more straight, heavier and flamed out free jazz than the experimental music of his first two releases.

Oki, Itaru
Phantom Note

Oki, Itaru: Phantom Note (Doubtmusic)
Label: Doubtmusic    
Released in: Japan    

"Long time out of printed OFF BEAT label LP is reprinted on CD. Itaru Oki visited Paris, France in the 70s and when he came back to Japan temporarily in '75, he organized a elite free jazz troop and recorded in studio. "Phantom Note" is his 3rd album, more straight, heavier and flamed out free jazz than experimental music part of his 1st "Satsujin Kyoshitsu (Murder Class)" or 2nd "Shirasagi (Egret)". Especially, the tune called 'Kodai Tenmondai (Ancient Observatory)' which Gozo Yoshimasu read his poet has a vigorous voice and playing, and it will move your heart surely. The masterpiece on '75 in Japan."-Doubtmusic

"Itaru, OKI

Born in Suma-Ku, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan on 10th September 1941. Oki Itaru was raised in a rich musical environment; his father was a player of the Shakuhachi and his mother was a master of the Koto (Japanese horizontal harp) of the Ikuta School. He started to play the trumpet in his high school brass band before playing in a Dixieland style band and then in a bop band. In the late 1960's, the trumpeter began playing free jazz. He changed his place of performance from Kansai (a western area of Japan) to Tokyo in 1965. After improving his skill in many groups, he joined an experimental unit "ESSG" of Togashi Masahiko and Sato Masahiko. Oki made his first tour to Europe with the ESSG in 1969. After being back from Europe, he formed the Oki Itaru Trio, which later grew into a quartet. In June 1974, he moved to Paris, France. After living in Lyon for a while, he moved back to Paris in December 1999. Until the present, Oki has continually performed at concerts and festivals in France and various other countries in Europe."-Artcom-Records website

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Product Information:

Label: Doubtmusic
Catalog ID: dmrp-128
Squidco Product Code: 11872

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Japan
Originally released in 1976 on the Offbeat label as ORLP-1010. Recorded on December 9, 11, 1975.


Itaru Oki-trumpet

Yoshiaki Fujikawa-alto sax

Keiki Midorikawa-cello, bass, piano

Gozo Yoshimasu-reading on 5

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Track Listing:

1. A Black Iron Cat Mask 4:33

2. The Cats Of Rue Saint Denis 10:10

3. Escargot 8:20

4. Smily Nanri-San 6:38

5. Kodai-tenmondai-Ancient Observatory 9:23

6. Caesar And Capone 6:04