Saturday, June 4, 2016

Masayuki Takayanagi - 1985 - 850113

Masayuki Takaynagi Angry Waves

01. 850113 1 15:20
02. 850113 2 17:51
03. 850113 3 15:22
04. 850113 4 17:13

Bass – Nobuyoshi Ino
Drums – Hiroshi Yamazaki
Guitar – Masayuki Takayanagi

Recorded at the Hamamatsu Seibu City-8 Hall, January 13, 1985.

Okay, I admit that Takayanagi sounds at first rather monochromatic in his choice of non-stop flows of notes and it kinda put me off at first. In spite of this:
1) Hiroshi Yamazaki is a really good drummer, and he proves it with his abstract rhythmic inventions (the Japanese Sunny Murray that me likes). He uses a damn lot of cymbals and bells and so on and those are distracting enough, but his solo spots are revelatory.
2) Motoharu Yoshizawa (or at least I think so) is exciting in both solo sections and accompanying sections.
3) Takayanagi has a cyclical conception of playing, not necessarily a wankish and arid one. This is structured improvisation, not Tori Amos, nor The Monkees, nor Death. And his ease in slipping from high to low registers and from Latin sonorities to Derek Bailey-like moments is nothing to be spit upon, it gets exciting if you have the patience.
Not a Call In Question, if you ask me or everybody else, not quite a Dislocation, but it is worth repeated listens.

Gozo Yoshimasu, Masayuki Takayanagi & Keiki Midorikawa - 1984 - Shibito

Gozo Yoshimasu, Masayuki Takayanagi & Keiki Midorikawa 

01. The Dead
02. Ancient Observatory
03. Osiris Stone God

Gozo Yoshimasu: poetry reading
Masayuki Takayanagi: guitar, tapes
Keiki Midorikawa: cello (3)

Free improvisation/poetry collaboration. Recorded in 1984.

Masayuki Takayanagi - 1983 - Dislocation

Masayuki Takayanagi Angry Waves 

01. First (17:28)
02. Second (17:49)
03. Third (21:26)
04. Fourth (13:32)

Masayuki Takayanagi: guitar
Fumio Yasuda: piano
Hiroshi Yamazaki: drums

Recorded live at Aketa no Mise, December 26, 1983

Masayuki Takayanagi - 1982 - Lonely Woman

Masayuki Takayanagi 
Lonely Woman

01. Lonely Woman 11:50
02. Kary's Trance 5:19
03. Sketches 3:19
04. Song For Che 8:29
05. Lennie's Pennies 6:28
06. Black Is The Color Of My True Loves Hair 4:30

Electric Guitar – Masayuki Takayanagi

Recorded August 21 & 22 1982 at Sound Sky Studio, Tokyo.

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, leading a group called New Direction, among others.
Ever a fighting spirit, in 1982, shortly after recovering from a life-threatening medical condition and surgery, Takayanagi decided to take on a challenging task for any guitarist: To record an entire solo album. Using several electric guitars and effectors including an octave box but no overdubs, he pursues his thoughtful and spontaneous improvisations on tunes written by giants of the free jazz movement (the title track by Ornette Coleman and "Song For Che" by Charlie Haden) and a couple of tunes that belong to the Tristano School ("Lennie's Pennies" and &Kary's Trance" by Lee Konitz).