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Album Review

This debut release by Japanese guitarist Akio Sasajima features the top-notch tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, along with then rising young pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist Kelly Sill, and drummer Joel Spencer, though it wasn't issued until 1993. Together they burn through the title track and "Alone Together," while "Peace" gets a spacious and lyrical treatment. The leader also composed three originals, including "Wheeler Dealer," a sassy strut, and "Eyes of the Dragon," a choice post-bop vehicle. Only "Seven Souls," a dull contemporary piece with synthesizer, electric bass, and a wordless vocal featuring a completely different supporting cast, seems drastically out of place on an otherwise excellent CD.

Biography

Born: 1952 in Hakodate, Japan

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Japan's Akio Sasajima is an adept guitarist and teacher with a bent toward adventurous post-bop and straight-ahead and fusion jazz. Born in 1952 in Hakodate, Japan, Sasajima was largely self-taught, having studied the work of artists like Baden Powell and Wes Montgomery. He also found work translating Berklee School of Music textbooks, through which he imbibed music theory. Early in his career, Sasajima gigged around Sapporo, often with saxophonist Sadao Watanabe. He also spent time working in Tokyo...
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Humpty Dumpty, Akio Sasajima
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  • 6,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 22 October 1993

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