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Toshiyuki Miyama & His New Herd / Masahiko Satoh - Yamataifu CD (album) cover


Toshiyuki Miyama & His New Herd / Masahiko Satoh


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.16 | 13 ratings

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4 stars Yamataifu is the only release of collaboration between renowned Japanese big band MIYAMA TOSHIYUKI & HIS NEW HERD and one of the very first avant-jazz pianist Masahiko Satoh. Masahiko studied jazz in Berklee and returned to Japan in late 60 full of new music ideas. His releases of early 70-s are extremely experimental and innovative. In 1971 he released "Amalgamation" - excellent album, one of cornerstone of Japanese prog avant. Same year he participated on debut album of another later well-known Japanese fusion artist Matsush'ta (unhappily, this album, being very experimental, didn't succeed too much).

Yamataifu contains only two long compositions, played in manner of psychedelic Davis period or Hancock's Mwandishi trilogy influenced. Complex, with many rhythm changes, plenty of free form soloing and very spacey atmosphere, this album is one of real evidences how Japanese progressive fusion was born. More dark, psychedelic and avant than Davis or Hancock's work's, this album is as important in Japanese prog legacy Mwandishi or electric Davis period in Western world.

Very interesting listening till nowadays, this album is must have for everyone with interest to Japanese progressive fusion and avant. Very recommended!

snobb | 4/5 |


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