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Takehisa Kosugi Vinyl, CD & tapes by Takehisa Kosugi at Norman Records

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Takehisa Kosugi

Takehisa Kosugi’s (Taj Mahal Travellers) 1975 album Catch-Wave is one of those old LPs that goes for absolute megabucks nowadays. Of course, a sub-market of reissues has been created for such records, and that’s what we’re dealing with here. Rather than spending north of £200 for a well-worn edition of these psychedelic synth/drone experiments, we’ve got a lovely new version here for a fraction of the price. Fans of Charlemagne Palestine and Fennesz should give this one a shot.
  • Vinyl LP (SV158)

Steve Lacy, Yuji Takahashi, Takehisa Kosugi
Distant Voices

This 1976 meeting of three avant-jazz heavyweights gets reissued by Aguirre (La Monte Young, Steve Reich, Terry Riley). Pianist Yuji Takehashi - a player so innovative that Iannis Xenakis composed especially for him - joined forces with soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy and electric violinist/Fluxus favourite Takehisa Kosugi in a 1975 recording session while Lacy was in Japan. The resulting record employs unusual techniques - at times Takahashi plays with bells attached to his hands while Lacy pressed his saxophone up to the skin of a kettle drum - to create this surreal piece. Distant Voices takes in free jazz, cosmic jazz, post-minimalist composition and serialism.
  • Vinyl LP (ZORN51LP)

Taj Mahal Travellers
August 1974

Reissue of album by Japanese experimental group Taj Mahal Travellers, though they only managed to travel to the Taj Mahal in 1972, 3 years after their inception. 90 minutes of improvised ambience and drone, under the coordination of Kinji Hayashi. Released on Aguirre with liner notes by The Wire contributor Julian Cowley. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (ZORN52DLP)
  • Artist(s):
  • Takehisa Kosugi
  • Label(s):
  • B13