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

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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. 

Takehisa Kosugi
Catch-Wave

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.

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.
  • Artist(s):
  • Takehisa Kosugi
  • Label(s):
  • B13