Thursday, June 2, 2016

Masayuki Takayanagi - 1970 - A Jazzy Profile Of Jojo

Masayuki Takayanagi
A Jazzy Profile Of Jojo

01. The Things We Did Last Summer 3:42
02. Who Can I Turn To 3:03
03. That Old Feeling 2:37
04. Prelude In Chords 1:12
05. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody 2:36
06. There'll Never Be Another You 3:39
07. Say It (Over And Over Again) 3:14
08. My Foolish Heart 4:19
09. Moritat 3:14
10. Prelude No.4, Op.16 1:13
11. Embraceable You 3:33

Masayuki Takayanagi: guitar
Masanaga Harada: bass
Hiroshi Yamazaki: drums
Takeshi Shibuya: piano, arrangements
Tadao Taniyama: trombone
Tomoaki Hashizume: trombone
Masahiro Nakajima: trombone
Yukio Eto: flute
Katsumi Kurosawa: flugelhorn
Teruyuki Fukushima: trumpet

Recorded March 26 & 29, 1970 at Tokyo Studio Centre.

Pioneering Japanese free improvisation guitarist. Born 22 December 1932 in Tokyo, turned professional in 1951, and formed the first of many groups with the New Direction moniker in 1954. Was a leading member of every avant-garde movement in Japanese jazz from the fifties onwards.
Towards the end of his life Takayanagi moved into complex 'Action Direct' works for tabletop guitar, tapes and electronics that verge on pure noise in their intent.
Died 23 June 1991.