Monthly Archives: August 2018

LW & Maher Shalal Hash Baz LP

Little Wings & Maher Shalal Hash Baz LP “Share” Moone Records

12 “/  45 rpm limited to 300, silk screened jacket

$24

LW MSBH LP3 LW MSBH LP 2

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Kaoru Abe / Toyozumi LP & more

Kaoru Abe / Sabu Toyozumi LP “Banka” Nobusinessrecord

Recorded live at Gaïa, Hatsudai, Tokyo, Friday, 13th January, 1978

Japanese free/jazz sax legend, Kaoru Abe, dies at the age of only 29 in 1978, living a fast and crazy life and dieing of a drug overdose. His entire music career was only 10 years, from 1968 to 1978. In that short period, he was well recorded with around 30 releases, ten of which are solo sax efforts, duos with guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi, bassist Motoharu Yoshizawa and drummer Sabu Toyozumi. Mr. Abe also toured and recorded with Milford Graves, Derek Bailey and Toshinori Konda in 1977 & 1978. Sadly, nothing by Kaoru Abe has been in print for many years until now… Many of his rare CD’s & LP’s go for big bucks on the resale market. This disc was recorded at two concerts in Tokyo in January and July of 1978, the year that Mr. Abe passed away. Those in the know, free/jazz freaks worldwide, should know of drummer Sabu Toyozumi from his work with Peter Brotzmann, Derek Bailey, Misha Mengelberg and Haino Keiji. ‘Part 1’ kicks things off with an immense blast with Mr. Abe on alto sax and Mr. Toyozumi on drums. Abe sounds a bit like Albert Ayler, although he plays alto & soprano saxes, bending and twisting every note in his own unique way. This duo recorded a few disc together and they sound just right working together, shadowing each other, tightly connecting no matter where they soar. If you savor what is essentially the beginning of fee/jazz in Japan, then you should really hear this disc. It is some 73 minutes long and it all flows together in powerful waves. So good to finally a disc back in distribution that captures the amazing talent & passion filled music of Kaoru Abe and Sabu Toyozumi. – Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

ltd to 300 (that’s not so many, do no wait too long)

$20

Kaoru Abe Toyozumi LP

Kaoru Abe / Sabu Toyozumi CD “Mannyoka ” Nobusinessrecords

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

$15

Kaoru Abe Toyozumi

Choi Sun Bae quartet LP “Arirang Fantasy” Nobusinessrecords

with Choi Sun Bae – trumpet
Junji Hirose – tenor and soprano saxophones
Motoharu Yoshizawa – electric vertical five-strings bass
Kim Dae Hwan  – percussion

LP

$19

Choi Sun Bae Quartet

Phew CDR

Phew CDR 05 Bereket

ltd tour CDR, voice and electronics, just excellent maybe better than the recent Voice Hardcore album

$12

Phew CDR05001

Up-Tight Live CS & CDR

Up-Tight CDR or CS “Live In Europe” Desastre

CS limited to 80 and CDR ltd to 60

Nice live recordings from the 2017 french tour, believe me I was there and it was just incredible. Now we just hope the band can record a new album.

CS or CDR $10

Up Tight live in Europe

Organum CD Raven

Organum CD “Raven” Siren

New album after a 7 years of silence. With Daisuke Suzuki, Alan Jones & David Jackman

RAVEN’ is composed of striking piano-keys, church bells, temple gongs, a crow, a raven and a rook and is divided into 13 parts. In ‘RAVEN’, sounds appear from silence and then return again into that silence. ‘RAVEN’ is a work within those very silences. You can contemplate emptiness intently after the sounds have ended. As in another of Basho’s Haiku poems : “The old pond, a frog jumps in, then silence again.” 

‘RAVEN’ is another Tower of Silence and a listener will reflect, that absence and emptiness are the permanent essences of Organum’s music, within the chaos and flux of its phenomena. Less is more and Organum leave with us only the bare essentials in ‘RAVEN’. ‘RAVEN’ is neither a hymn, nor a requiem.

$14

Organum raven