Free Jazz In Japan Playlist

Source: The Wire.

A large part of Teruto Soejima’s Free Jazz In Japan: A Personal History, recently translated by Public Bath Press, focuses on the early years of free jazz in the country. The selection here follows the music’s recorded history from its 1969 starting point to the end of the 1970s.

Although emanating from a small pool of musicians often working in overlapping units, the music was already very diverse by 1969–70 (tracks 1–5). American points of departure are audible, in Masahiko Satō’s piano playing or in bassist Motoharu Yoshizawa and saxophonist Mototeru Takagi’s use of the Ornette Coleman classic “Lonely Woman”, but the music is already quite unlike what could then be heard elsewhere in the world. Masahiko Togashi’s finely articulated drumming, Takagi’s reeds playing, or guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi’s radical Mass Projection methodology, all constitute individual additions to the free playing canon.

5049 Records Podcast – William Parker Revisited 

Source: 5049 Records.

With the 24th annual Vision Festival fast approaching it seemed like a good time to revisit one of the most popular episodes in the history of the 5049 Podcast, my conversation from 2013 with bass extraordinaire, philosopher, organizer and story teller, William Parker. As a bonus, included here is my second conversation with William from 2015 for Sound American, discussing the work of Don Cherry. Thank you to Nate Wooley and Sound American.

Suzanne Ciani Profiled

Source: The Lost Notes podcast dedicates an episode to Suzanne Ciani.

In 1968, Suzanne Ciani was a music student at UC Berkeley when she met Don Buchla. Buchla had just created one of the first electronic musical instruments, a modular synthesizer. It looked like an old telephone switchboard with knobs and wires, dials and faders. Ciani fell in love with it. And it became the catalyst to her career – one of the most consequential and influential music careers of the 20th century.

5049 Records Podcast Episode 206 – Ryan Muncy

Source: 5049 Records.

Saxophonist Ryan Muncy is at the forefront of new music, collaborating closely with many of today’s most cutting edge composers and ensembles. He received a Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University in 2012 and has been a crucial member of many of today’s most important ensembles such as the International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea, Ensemble Dal Niente, Wet Ink and others. For today’s talk we get into it, discussing all matters sax and Ryan’s work for the past two decades.

5049 Records Podcast Episode 205 – James Plotkin 

Source: 5049 Records.

James Plotkin is a legend of underground music. Active for the past three decades as a guitarist, composer, producer and mastering engineer, his influence across a broad range of adventurous music cannot be overstated. From his earliest days with Regurgitation to his participation in Khanate, one of the most influential metal bands of the last twenty years, James has been steadily contributing to the language of modern dark music. He is also a lynchpin of the 5049 label, having mastered all but one of our releases. For this talk we go back ton his earliest days in Jersey, hanging out with Morbid Angel as a teenager, making electronic music, mixing and mastering records and a whole lot more. James Plotkin is a first rate artist who deserves serious attention.

5049 Records Podcast Episode 204 – Nick Dunston

Source: 5049 Records.

Nick Dunston is a talented young bass player who is quickly making a mark on the world of contemporary improvisation and jazz. Raised in New York and educated at the New School, he started at cello at age four and has been playing the bass since a teenager. Not yet out of college, he is already a member of bands led by Marc Ribot, Dave Douglas, Amirtha Kidambi and Tyshawn Sorey. In addition to being a naturally gifted musician, he is also a 2019 Van Lier fellow by way of Roulette Intermedium.