Best New Jazz Of October 2020 From Stereogum

Source: Stereogum.

Trumpeter Toshinori Kondo has died at 71. He made his debut on the Japanese avant-garde scene in the early 1970s, working with pianist Yosuke Yamashita, but within a few years had moved to New York and begun working with a range of American and European jazz players and improvisers, including drummer Milford Graves, guitarist Derek Bailey, bassist William Parker, and saxophonist/composer John Zorn, among others. As early as 1979, on his album Fuigo From A Different Dimension, he was one of the few trumpeters to record and perform solo. He was deeply interested in electronics and manipulating the sound of his horn with pedals and effects, moving far beyond anything like a traditional jazz sound and into swirling, hypnotic abstraction.