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Toyozumi, Sabu / Mats Gustafsson: Hokusai [VINYL] (NoBusiness)

A duo between Japanese free improvising drummer Sabu Toyozum and Swedish baritone saxophonist & wind player Mats Gustafsson, also performing on his own fluteophone (a mouthpiece attached to the flute), capturing five live improvisation at their 2018 performance at Jazz Spot Candy, in Chiba, Japan for an extremely inventive set of potent playing.
 

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Label: NoBusiness
Catalog ID: NBLP 139
Squidco Product Code: 29851

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Lithuania
Packaging: LP
Recorded live at Jazz Spot Candy, in Chiba, Japan, on June 11th and 12th, 2018, by Kunimitsu Tsuburai.


Personnel:



Sabu Toyozumi-drums

Mats Gustafsson-baritone saxophone, fluteophone, flute


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"As you can see from Sabu Toyozumi's drumming, he never gets caught up in one form and continues to move to the next form without any hesitation. In improvisation, you may get a rhythm or beat that will give you some pleasure at a certain moment. However, Toyozumi does not give in to it, but immediately abandons it and heads for the next discovery. So Toyozumi seems to be essentially different, as a good jazz player is someone who can play to the fullest under the rules of jazz and share acupoints with others.

About a week before the recording of this album, I watched a duo of Mats Gustafson and Yoshihide Otomo on the turntable at Kichijoji's GOK sound (also released as a CD "Timing" on doubtmusic this year. T). I was a little surprised to see him swaying from side to side like a dance while balancing around the center of his body and blowing a tube. Power play doesn't mean you have to step on both legs. Bass clarinet and flute phone (a self-made musical instrument with a mouthpiece attached to the flute, which was called a metal clarinet at that time) also operated as a physical institution. He also moves his body in response to the situation and connects it directly to the sound.

In other words, neither Toyozumi nor Gustafsson's play is based on their own physical methodologies, and is neither athlete-like nor music craftsman-like. By listening to this album, you can relive the process of two people responding to each other's sounds. Gustafsson emits a sound repellency from the mouthpiece to amplify the hitting sound of Toyosumi. When Gustafsson puts out a long growl that looks like a snake or a muddy stream, Toyosumi tries to build a form that antagonizes it. It's a really exciting duo where they create big swells."-Satoshi Saito (translated by Google)

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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)
5/31/2023

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"Born 1964 in Umeå, Northern Sweden.Saxplayer, improviser and composer. Solo artist and international tours and projects with a.o. Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Jim O´Rourke, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Yoshimi, Ken Vandermark and in working groups The Thing, FIRE!, Gush, Boots Brown, Swedish Azz and Fake (the facts). Large ensemble work with Barry Guy New Orchestra,FIRE! Orchestra and the NU - ensemble.over 1800 concerts and over 200 record productions in Europe, Australia, Africa, North & South America and Asia.Collaborations with contemporary dance, theater, art, poetry as well as projects with noise, electronica, contemporary rock and free jazz.Discaholic - running the discaholic corner website.Producer of international festivals and concert tours as well as work with own record labels Slottet, OlofBright Editions and Blue Tower Records."-Mats Gustafsson Website (http://matsgus.com/archives/category/bio)
5/31/2023

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. Sunflower 10:45

2. Woman with a Cat 10:02

SIDE B



1. For Ever-Advancing Artistry 20:47

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Vinyl Recordings
Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Jazz
Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players
Percussion & Drums
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Asian Improvisation & Jazz
Duo Recordings
Mats Gustafsson

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