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Aki TAKASE – Shima Shoka 1990

Posted in Aki TAKASE, JAZZ on December 16, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Aki TAKASE – Shima Shoka 1990
Recorded at; Bechstein Concert Hall, Berlin.July 10th & 11th, 1990


Raised in Tokyo, she studied music at Tohogakuen Music University.[1] Starting in 1978, she performed and recorded in the USA with Lester Bowie, David Liebman, John Zorn and others. Since 1981, she performed repeatedly at the Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany.
For many years, she has been working with her husband[2] Alexander von Schlippenbach, Eugene Chadbourne, Han Bennink, Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, Fred Frith and others, and in duets with Maria João, David Murray and Rudi Mahall.

In various projects, Takase has dealt with famous jazz musicians: Ellington (1990), Monk (1994), Dolphy (1998), W.C. Handy (2002), Fats Waller (2004), O. Coleman (2006).
Since 1987, she has been living in Berlin.
I only wish that Duke, Coltrane and Mingus were around to enjoy Aki Takases brilliant transformations of their music. Seldom have I so thouroughly enjoyed an album of solo piano music.
By Cadence.
While remaining steeped in the musical traditions of her native Japan, pianist and composer Aki Takase emerged as one of the most versatile figures in contemporary jazz, her work running the gamut from conventional structures and harmonies to complete abstraction. Born in Osaka on January 26, 1948, and raised in Tokyo, she received her first piano lessons at the age of three, going on to study at Tohogakuen Music University. Influenced by the work of Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and Charles Mingus, Takase soon turned to improvisation, and in 1971 was regularly performing professionally; by the age of 25, she was already leading her own groups. In 1978, she first traveled to the U.S., and later recorded with Dave Liebman; in 1981, she also journeyed to Europe, where she and her trio played the Berlin Jazz Festival. By 1982, Takase was regularly in the studio, leading such dates as A.B.C. and Perdido. In New York, she recorded with artists including Sheila Jordan, Cecil McBee, and Bob Moses, and also delivered a much-acclaimed performance at the East-West Festival in Nuremburg. From 1988 to 1994, Takase regularly played in a duo with Maria Joao and maintained her busy festival schedule; during the mid-’90s, she also toured with Coltrane alumni Rashied Ali and Reggie Workman, founded a septet comprised of other Japanese musicians, composed for a string quartet, and continued to work as a solo performer (at times playing the koto, a traditional Chinese 17-string zither).
By Jason Ankeny.
01. Meraviglioso [Dedicated to Horst Weber] (Takase) 4:22
02. Ida Lupino (C. Bley) 8:39
03. A.V.S. (Takase) 2:19
04. Point (Von Schlippenbach) 4:13
05. Presto V.H. (Takase) 426
06. Shima Shoka (Takase) 529
07. Rockin’ in Rhythm (Carney, Ellington, Mills) 5:08
08. Timebends (Takase) 4:11
09. Dr. Beat [Dedicated to Otosan] (Takase) 4:12
10. Hanabi (Takase) 1:04
11. Giant Steps (Coltrane) 5:19
12. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Mingus) 5:50
13. Valse Hot (Rollins) 3:41

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