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Album Review

Probably the best words to describe John Kaizan Neptune are explorer and adventurer. Almost all the instruments used in TakéDaké are bamboo-only instruments of Neptune's own creation: baliphone (bamboo marimba), bambass, bamboo drum set, bamboo conga, bamboo frame drum, and, of course, shakuhachi. To that are added some other instruments from Bali, Vietnam, and more. TakéDaké in fact means "bamboo only." The music itself is as much an exploration as the instruments themselves. For example, the melody of the first piece "Ocean Motion" is based on a Japanese five-tone folk scale, the 12/8 rhythmic groove is African and it is accompanied by a Vietnamese torung. Two pieces are distinctly Balinese and Javanese in character. The other pieces have Japanese, Korean, Cambodian, African, and other influences. Quite a melting pot, but quite an adventure. Something to satisfy for the best musical travelers. ~ Bruno Deschênes, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Not what I thought it would be...

Ok, the preview for each track of this album is very deceiving. They sound very meditative and relaxing, but when you listen to the whole song, and this goes for all of the tracks, you get the feeling you're listening to the kind of music you would hear in a dept. store or elevator. I am very dissappointed and would give anything for a refund... This album sounds very commercial and I wouldn't recommend it at all.


the guy above me helped me make the choice to not buy this album.


Genre: Jazz

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

John Kaizan Neptune is one of today's top masters of the Shakuhachi. This California native is also a jazz musician and composer. He has gained respect in both the East and West for his versatile and technically sophisticated melting pot of sounds. He began learning the Shakuhachi in Hawaii with a Japanese Buddhist priest in 1971. In 1973, Neptune went to Japan to continue his Shakuhachi studies for one year, but then returned to Honolulu to complete a degree in ethnomusicology. After graduation,...
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