Edwin Pouncey - JazzWise :
In the light of the recently discovered ‘lost’ recordings by such jazz legends as Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and John Coltrane, this freshly unearthed recording featuring the fire music of Japanese saxophone player, the late Karou Abe, is an equally exciting find. Recorded live in Tokyo at two separate locations, Mannyoka is an important addition to the discography of Japanese free jazz, at a time when European and American musicians like Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, and Milford Graves were travelling to Japan in order to perform and record with new players. Here Abe is joined by drummer Sabu Toyozumi who provides the perfect accompaniment for the sax player’s guttural blasts and minimalist skronking. A duet that screams forth one minute, only to slowly recede into near silence the next. The resulting exchange between the two players is tense at times, broken only by a feral fiery salvo from Abe’s blaring horn.
First two tracks recorded live at Minor, Kichijôji, Tokyo, Saturday, 7th July, 1978
The rest of the tracks recorded live at Gaïa, Hatsudai, Tokyo, Friday, 13th January, 1978
Recorded by Shinji Ohno
Sound restauration by Benjamin Duboc and Julien Palomo
Mastered by Arūnas Zujus at MAMAstudios
Design by Oskaras Anosovas
Photos by Katsuji Okamoto
Produced by Danas Mikailionis
Co-producer - Valerij Anosov
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