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Oki, Itaru Quartet: Live At Jazz Spot Combo 1975 (NoBusiness)

Late Japanese free jazz trumpeter and flute player Itaru Oki--one of the significant and early free jazz players in Japan in the 1970s, moving to France in the mid-70s to seek more opportunities to play--recorded this concert at Jazz Spot Combon as part of his farewell tour, performing with winds player Yoshiaki Fujikawa, bassist Keiki Midorikawa ad drummer Hozumi Tanaka.

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Includes a 16 page booklet with text in English and Japanese by Akiro Saito, plus b&w and color photos of the quartet.

Label: NoBusiness
Catalog ID: NBCD 143
Squidco Product Code: 30983

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Lithuania
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded live at JAZZ SPOT COMBO, in Fukuoka City, Japan, on December, 7th, 1975, by Heihachiro Arita.


Itaru Oki-trumpet, flute

Yoshiaki Fujikawa-alto saxophone, flute

Keiki Midorikawa-bass

Hozumi Tanaka-drums

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"Itaru Oki (沖至) was 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 (Japanese vertical flute) 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." (

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Yoshiaki Fujikawa: Saxphonist and Composer.

Free Improvisor, Composer and lover for traditional Japanese culture; Rakugo, Shougi and Senryuu

1949 born in Akita, Japan
1969 professional musician
1970 started Now Music Ensemble with Keiki Midorikawa(cell) and others
1972 started play with Mototeru Takagi(sax) and Sabu Toyozumi(drum) duo
1977 quit Now Music Ensemble

started Free Music Trio with Keiki Midorikawa and Sabu Toyozumi
1979 play ay Moeres International Music Festival with FMT

joined Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit and Masahiko Togashi Qualtet
1981 started Suginami Z Club with Keiki Midorikawa
1982 started Eastasia Orchestra
1984 toured Europe with Eastasia Orchestra
1987 quit Eastasia Orchestra

started Coracao Alado(big combo)
1988 quit Coracao Alado and started as play as independent musician
2000 started Eastasia Orchestra again

started trio with Shuuichi Chino and Kazuo Imai-J-Music (

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Keiki Midorikawa (翠川敬基) is a Japanese free jazz bassist and cellist. Born May 10, 1949.

He is known for the groups Cosmic Pulsation Unity, F.M.T., Itaru Oki Sixtet, Itaru Oki Trio, Masahiko Satoh's Garandoh, Masahiko Togashi Quartet, Masahiko Togashi Trio, Now Music Ensemble, The Steve Lacy Sextet.

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Hozumi Tanaka (Real Name: 田中保積 (Hozumi Tanaka)) is a Japanese free jazz drummer. Born August 18, 1949. He is known for the groups Itaru Oki Trio, Masahiko Satoh's Garandoh, Now Music Ensemble, Stomu Yamash'ta's East Wind.

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track listing:

1. Combo Session 1 14:04

2. Combo Session 2 17:09

3. Combo Session 3 5:53

4. Combo Session 4 17:15

5. Combo Session 5 15:15
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"Trumpeter and flute player Itaru Oki was planning to leave Japan, looking for more opportunities to play his music in Europe and beyond. But he was convinced to play one final going away performance, culminating a final tour, that was recorded for posterity, and it's a good thing because Oki and his group, consisting of Yoshiaki Fujikawa on alto saxophone and flute, Keiki Midorikawa on bass and Hozumi Tanaka on drums were an excellent and well integrated band, able to explore explore facets of jazz ranging from advanced hard bop to all out free jazz. The interplay between the four musicians is impressive with the differing available textures from the front line providing delicate passages of flute or trumpet juxtaposed by scalding freestyle saxophone explorations. The bass and drums team is ready for anything, locking in with the horn players to provide ample propulsion and mysterious texture. The group plays through a variety of moods and modes, contrasting the beauty and mystery of open space and abstraction with muscularity of power and strength. Oki did indeed succeed in moving to Paris not long after this recording was made, and would have a long career performing with both Japanese and Western musicians, passing away just last year after a lengthy and successful career. This was a very well done package with a wonderful musical performance spotlighting an unjustly little known musician presented with well written and translated liner notes and interesting photographs."-Tim Niland, Jazz and Blues Blogspot

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Includes a 16 page booklet with text in English and Japanese by Akiro Saito, plus b&w and color photos of the quartet.

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