Friday, June 3, 2016

Masayuki Takayanagi - 1980 - Live At Moers Festival

New Direction Unit 
Live At Moers Festival

01. Bohimei 14:48
02. Resistance 11:49
03. Mass Hysterism 15:20
04. Subconscious Lee 4:39

Alto Saxophone, Flute [Alto], Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Shinobue – Kenji Mori
Cello – Nobuyoshi Ino
Drums, Percussion – Yasuhiro Yamazaki
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar [Gut] – Akira Iijima, Masayuki Takayanagi

Recorded live at Moers New Jazz Festival, Moers, West Germany, on May 26th, 1980.

Guitarist Masayuki "Jojo" Takayanagi (1932-1991) was a towering leader in the Japanese jazz world. His first influence was Lennie Tristano, but through the 1960s and 1970s he explored and pushed the boundaries in free form jazz.
Takayanagi was invited to play with his group New Direction Unit at the 9th annual Moers New Jazz Festival in Germany in 1980, which, as the name suggests, featured only free jazz performances. In front of the 3,000 plus audience, Takayanagi and company had their most radical, fiery and avant-garde performance on record.
Their radical music did not exist in vacuum and was informed by the radical anti-establishment movements and political events. The German narration played over in the opening track ("Bohimei" means "epitaph") talks about Aikichi Kuboyama, a crew member of the Daigo Fukuryu Maru, a Japanese tuna fishing boat, who died after being exposed to the nuclear fallout from the United State's thermonuclear device test on Bikini Atoll in 1954. "Resistance 1" is inspired by Kim Chi-Ha, a Korean poet who was jailed for advocating democracy.

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