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Carrier, Francois / Masayo Koketsu / Daisuke Fuwa  / Takashi Itani: Japan Suite (NoBusiness)

Saxophonist Francois Carrier joins Shibusashirazu director & double bassist Daisuke Fuwa, drummer Takashi Itani, and alto saxophonist Masayo Koketsu (also of Shibusashirazu) for a live performance at Yamaneko-ken, in Saitama to capture this 6-part suite of intensely creative free jazz, the inventive rhythm section driving both saxophonists into both raucous and beautiful territory.

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Label: NoBusiness
Catalog ID: NBCD 125
Squidco Product Code: 29296

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Lithuania
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded live at Yamaneko-ken, in Ogose, Saitama, Japan, on December 7th, 2019, by Francois Carrier.


Francois Carrier-alto saxophone

Masayo Koketsu-alto saxophone

Daisuke Fuwa-doublebass

Takashi Itani-drums, percussion

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"b. 5 June 1961, Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada. Carrier began his career as a professional jazz musician, playing alto saxophone in Vancouver in 1979. He soon attracted attention from fellow musicians and a growing audience through his often audacious approach to his music. Based since 1982 in Montreal, he has shown himself to be a fluid and inventive performer of improvised music, especially since the formation in 1990 of his trio, in which he was joined by bass player Pierre Coté and drummer Michel Lambert. Following the release of Intuition, which was nominated as Jazz Album Of The Year at the 1998 Gala de l'ADISQ (Québec's Music Awards show), Carrier's trio toured Europe, playing at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Also in 1998, Carrier founded Nouvel Ensemble De Musique Improvisée (NoEMI), a gathering of like-minded free players, among whom have been Dewey Redman and Sonny Greenwich.

Early in 2002, Carrier spent some months composing new works in Rome, having won an award by the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. More tours of Canada and some European countries followed, as did more acclaimed albums. Over the years, in concert and sometimes on record, Carrier's trio has been augmented by guest pianists who have included Steve Amirault, who appeared on Carrier's Juno Award-winning Compassion (2000), Paul Bley and Gary Peacock, heard on Traveling Lights (2004), Uri Caine, on All'Alba (2003), Jason Moran and Bobo Stenson. Among other musicians with whom he has worked are Mat Maneri, Uwe Neumann and Gary Peacock.

Carrier's sound is tough and he attacks his music with verve and unpredictability, demanding, and successfully receiving from audiences, attention to and understanding of the swiftly changing moods he explores."

"Francois Carrier knows how to surround himself, find the most compatible partners, and maintain a recorded presence all over the world. His rich, deep playing that blends lyricism with boldness and a sense of surpassing one's self has earned him a place in the Eight Annual International Critic's Poll of El Intruso 2015 and in the DownBeat's 2013 Best Alto Sax Players List. In 2001 he won a Juno Award in the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category for his third album Compassion (Naxos Jazz).

To date, François combines an impressive discography of over thirty internationally acclaimed albums with legendary musicians such as Paul Bley, Gary Peacock, Bobo Stenson, Tomasz Stanko, Uri Caine, Jason Moran, Dewey Redman, Mat Maneri, Sonny Greenwich, Jean-Jacques Avenel, John Edwards, Steve Beresford, Rafal Mazur, etc. Drummer Michel Lambert has been his most faithful collaborator. Together, Michel and François undertook several tours in Europe, Asia and Canada.

In 2002, François spent six months in Québec Studio in Rome as a saxophonist-composer where created links with the Italian music scene. He also lived in the Québec Studio in London in 2011, where he worked among other things in the development of his Free Opera and initiates a number of recording sessions with several London musicians.

In 2005 he was spotted by British label Leo Records with whom he released five unique albums. Several European avant-garde music labels then join the party such as Creative Sources (Portugal), Ayler Records (Sweden-France), FMR Records (England), Not Two Records (Poland). Following the major international media coverage, the demands keep multiplying. Thus soon, François will publish four new albums recently recorded during his 2015 European tour on NoBusiness Records (Lithuania) For Tune Records (Poland) and FMR Records."

-AllMusic ( plus Francois Carrier Website (

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"Masayo Koketsu was Born in Japan, Gifu Prefecture and began to play piano at the age of one. She started playing saxophone at the age of fifteen. Very early, she was influenced by Charlie Parker. September 2008 SONY MUSIC marks her debut collaboration with "Isao Suzuki SOLITUDE featuring Masayo Koketsu". She was rapidly considered for her unique tone and her original-rich playing among the jazz community. In August 2015, she released her 1st ALBUM "Band of Eden" collecting her own original songs. In December 2019, she published an autobiographical book "To the Depths of Sound" by Sairyusha, saxophone lecturer at Akihabara "HOT MUSIC SCHOOL".

In May 2015 she played at Italy Torino Festival with Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra. She also participated at Italy Prato in July 2016, at Slovakia POHODA Festival and in Lublin, Poland in October 2019 with Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra. In October 2019 she flew to Shenzhen China for a concert at OCT Jazz Festival with Isao Suzuki Omasound."

-Masayo Koketsu Website (

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Daisuke Fuwa (不破大輔 (Fuwa Daisuke)) is a Japanese bass player leader of Shibusashirazu Orchestra, and known for the groups Anglers, Fedayien, Mile And Half, Naoji Kondo Trio, and Radio.

-Discogs (

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"Takashi Itani started playing jazz drums after he first heard Max Roach on a Charlie Parker record. Inspired by the music of Cuba, Brazil and West Africa, Itani also plays conga, bongo, djambe, cajon, pandeiro, framedrum, and Darbuka. His drumming Using his unique creativity and wide range of performance skills, Itani conduct and records tirelessly with a number of bands in a variety of genres." (English Bio)

"Koji Iriya (Takashi Toyoshi) / percussionist, drummer
Listen to Max Roach at Charlie Parker 's album and start drumming.
After that, it comes to treat percussion by touching folk music.
Participate in various domestic and international live recordings, with unique feelings and broad expressive power not stuck to existing areas.
She is actively performing performances and productions with artists other than musicians, such as Butoh dancers, video writers, painters and poets.
The main activities in recent years,
Nakahara Nakaya Prize, Hagiwara Sakutaro Award Poet Michiko Triangular project, Yoshio Hayakawa, Masahide Sakuma and Hiroshi Mikami, joined the Endo Michirou Amami archipelago tour. Live in Hawaii, Slovenia, Berlin, Bielefeld, New York. Music director of Mr. director's movie, providing sound source for solo exhibition. Mr. Mr. Miyoshi Endo attended the film festival "JAPAN CUTS" in New York as a performer of "Director Miyoshi Endo, I have forgotten your face" Performance before screening.
Cool Jazz 's Heavy Ted Brown' s Japan Live Recording Participated as a member of Sextet Hirai Yoichi.
Participated in recording of Utada Hikaru "Hymne a l'amour - Anthem of Love" (produced by Kikuchi Norihiro).
Jazz drummer Masahiko Osaka participate in recording "Novie / Confetto" produced.
JiLL - Decoy association Join the recording of 'Giordeco 6 ~ Just a Hunch ~' 'World and I Love You' 'Giordeco 7 ~ voyage ~' Participated in recordings 1 to 4 of Kazue Gyarantiku 'Anthology'.
In the project with Satoko Fujii (pianist, composer) and Natsuki Tamura (trumpeter, composer), I will perform Europe tour, North America tour, South American tour, Kyushu tour. Appear in the Vision Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival, the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival.
Self-tone generator "Seems like a dream" announced.
In his own solo performance, he is invited to France, Lille." (Japanese Bio translated by Google)

- Website (Translated by Google) ( )

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track listing:

1. Inside Outside 25:05

2. Flower, Bird, Wind, Moon 14:31

3. Falling Leaves 15:38

4. Town Ogose 8:35

5. Citron 11:19

6. Climb The Wind And Clouds 3:29

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"Recorded live at Yamaneko-ken, Ogose, Saitama, Japan, in December 2019, Japan Suite includes 6 kind free jazz songs in Japanese style. The fantastic idea of this album is actually to confront kind free jazz phrasing of Francois Carrier with the truly free jazz phrasing of Masayo Koketsu. That is actually the second amazing aspect of this album: the battle of two alto saxophones. The opening monumental "Uchi-soto - Inside Outside" is a great illustration of these aspects.

All of this happened with the help of the amazing rhythm section of Daisuke Fuwa and Takashi Itani: imaginative, creative and expressive. "Kacho-fugetsu - The Beauties of Nature" is notable for the incredible load of joy of joint making music. It is a more traditional track with a "walking bass" structure, but a completely crazy conversation of altos that develops into an orgiastic free jazz explosion.

"Rakuyou - Falling Leaves" is the most beautiful track of the album - a slow ballad-like track with heart breaking howls of the two saxophonists. "Ogose", which is the name of a town, starts with a wonderful bass solo and develops into another tears-squeezing ballad with an eruptive and expressive final . "Yuzu - Citron" returns to the more powerful climates in terms of saxophone phrasing, keeping, however, a moderate tempo. "Kaze to kumo ni noboru - Climb the wind and clouds" end this outstanding, but unusual record of Francois: it is without any doubts his music, yet very different from what were used to. A multi-carat diamond!!!"-Maciej Lewenstein

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