Pianist Takase continues her tributes to great American jazz musicians with a solo album of Ellington interpretations, taken from her unique perspective and style, played with great feeling and insight.
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Catalog ID: INT213
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Recorded on April 16th and 17th, 2012 by Kulturradio vom Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg.
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"Aki Takase ( ) (born January 26, 1948) is a Japanese jazz pianist and composer.
Takase was born in Osaka and started to play piano at age 3. Raised in Tokyo, Takase studied classical piano at Toho Gakuen School of Music. Starting in 1978, she performed and recorded in the US. Her collaborators included with Lester Bowie, Sheila Jordan, David Liebman, and John Zorn. Her first Euopean appearance was in 1981 at the Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany. She instantly became one of the most sought after musicians, who was touring constantly the main international jazzfestivals.
For many years, she has been working with her husband Alexander von Schlippenbach, as well as with Eugene Chadbourne, Han Bennink, Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, Fred Frith and others, and in duets with Maria Jočo, David Murray and Rudi Mahall.
In various projects, Takase has dealt with famous jazz musicians: Duke Ellington (1990), Thelonious Monk (1994), Eric Dolphy (1998), W.C. Handy (2002), Fats Waller (2004), and Ornette Coleman (2006).
In 2002, Takase recorded with writer Yoko Tawada. Takase had read some of Tawada's poems, and, as the writer reported, she "started composing melodies and settings for my texts. When we got together, I read my poems in the same way that I always read them out loud. Aki played, listened carefully to the poems, and started improvising." In later performances, Takase used more unconventional instruments when accompanying Tawada.
Since 1987, Takase has lived in Berlin."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aki_Takase)
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1. The Mooche 6:38
2. A Little Max (Parfait) 2:39
3. Solitude 6:26
4. In a Mellow Tone - Do Nothing till You Hear from Me 6:10
5. Caravan 7:11
6. Lotus Pond. Dedicated to D.E. (by Aki Takase) 3:40
7. Love You Madly - I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart 4:21
8. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good 5:16
9. Take the Coltrane 2:58
10. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) 3:28
11. Fleurette Africaine 2:53
12. Battle Royal 3:18
13. Ad Lib on Nippon 4:51
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"Aki Takase's phenomenal technique and her talent for improvisation is well known, as is her love for the jazz classics. She has already paid tribute to Fats Waller and recorded with saxophonist Silke Eberhard an "Ornette Coleman Anthology". Now she takes a close look at the arguably most influential jazz pianist of the jazz tradition: Duke Ellington.
Aki Takase examines Ellington's playing from numerous angles throughout the album and within each track. Rather than quote or paraphrase Ellington compositions to contextualize this idea, Takase concentrates on the building blocks of his piano vocabulary - the articulations, voicings and devices that convey colors and fragrances. As a result, she sets a wealth of stylistic markers afloat, untethered to an Ellington composition, where they can be heard anew. Bill Shoemaker writes in the liner notes: "What cannot be overstated is Takase's depth of feeling here and throughout My Ellington; it is something rare and profound." "-Intakt
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