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Toyozumi, Sabu / Rick Countryman / Simon Tan / Stella Ignacio / Isla Antinero: JYA-NE (Self Released)

Four configurations of free jazz recorded live during a vist by trombonist Sabu Toyozumi to Manila: first in a duo with alto saxophonist Rick Countryman; then in a duo with drummer and erhu player Sabu Toyozumi; then expanded to a quintet with vocalist Stella Ignaci and electric bassist Simon Tan; and last as a free jazz trio with Countryman, Tan, and Toyzumi.
 

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Label: Self Released
Catalog ID: None
Squidco Product Code: 25829

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Philippines
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live in the Philippines, on August 11th and 12th, 2017. by Alvin Cornista.


Personnel:

Sabu Toyozumi-drums, erhu

Rick Countryman-alto saxophone

Simon Tan-acoustic bass, electric bass

Stella Ignacio-voice

Isla Antinero-trombone

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track listing:


1. Mosquito Exception 4:56

2. Soul Passage 9:01

3. Jya-Ne 31:27

4. My Last Position 24:42
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"JYA-NE is a collection of 4 distinct and varied selections, recorded during Sabu Toyozumi's last visit to Metro Manila in August 2017. 1st selection is a short, intimate duo conversation between alto sax and drums. 2nd is a deep selection featuring Sabu on erhu, with support from bass and sax. 3rd selection is the full onslaught, with Stella Ignacio on free vocals, Isla on trombone, Simon on electric bass, and sax and drums. 4th is a traditional free jazz trio format, with acoustic bass, and alto sax and drums."-Rick Countryman


Artist Biographies:

"Yoshisaburo "Sabu" Toyozumi (born Tsurumi, Yokohama, 1943) is one of the small group of musical pioneers who comprised the first generation playing free improvisation music in Japan. As an improvising drummer he played and recorded with many of the key figures in Japanese free music including the two principal figures in the first generation, Masayuki Takayanagi and Kaoru Abe from the late 1960s onwards. He is one of a very few of this circle who are still alive and engaged in playing this music today.

Toyozumi features on numerous commercially available recordings with many of the most notable Japanese and international improvising musicians including Derek Bailey, Mototeru Takagi, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Brötzmann, Keiji Haino, Otomo Yoshihide, Tom Cora and Fred Van Hove.

In 1971 he became the only non-American member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians(AACM)). He dedicated his first record as a leader, Sabu - Message to Chicago, to compositions by AACM members, and in 1992 toured and recorded with AACM trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.

Toyozumi has been instrumental in bringing many European and American improvisers to Japan including Derek Bailey, Misha Mengelberg and Sunny Murray.

In 2005 British improvising guitarist and promoter John Russell arranged a two-day event dedicated to Toyozumi in which the drummer performed in different groupings with 14 musicians from the London improvised music scene including, most notably, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Phil Minton, John Edwards and Steve Beresford. The Wire described his playing at this time as follows: "He's busy, but there's always space between his notes, and he avoids the flashy technical solution to musical problems. His playing is crisp and dramatic, with a very occasional use of repetition to spark a climax. If it's possible for a drum kit to ask awkward questions, Toyozumi seems to be doing it".

In an interview with Cadence Magazine in 1988 Toyozumi makes clear the importance of his relationship with nature as an influence on his playing and Clive Bell writing in The Wire in 2005 notes "his devotion to the way of Watazumido, the late shakuhachi player and Zen master, whose performances mixed martial arts and music in a bizarre cocktail of discipline and craziness".

In 2009 he returned to London to feature as one of the players in Russell's improvisation festival Fete Quaqua which was recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3. He continues to tour widely and in the past year or so has performed in Belgium and France, Chile, Taiwan, England, Philippines and Greece. He also performs from time to time with the legendary Japanese noise group Hijokaidan. Currently he can be found performing on the erhu - a two-stringed Chinese violin - as often as playing the drums."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabu_Toyozumi)
8/15/2018

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"Rick Countryman (born January 31, 1957) is an American jazz saxophonist and flautist.

Rick was an active member of the underground "Gorilla Jazz" scene in Seattle during the late 70s and 80s, which included Michael Bisio, Rick Mandyck, Mikel Rollins, Lonnie Williams, Gregg Keplinger, and many others. During this time, he met and studied with Bert Wilson; and through Michael Bisio, was introduced to Barbara Donald and Sonny Simmons. He led, composed for and performed in standard quartets; as well as collaborating with Gregg Keplinger in a free duo, "The Thing Is", and with John Zoltek in free trio, "Thick and Thin." Rick resurfaced in 2011 as part of the Manila jazz scene.

Rick Countryman now resides in Quezon City, Philippines; leading and performing in ensembles on baritone sax, alto sax, alto flute and bass flute; performing original compositions in his own jazz quartets and trios. He also leads Indian fusion groups Blue Syahi and Puranas, collaborating with local alternative ensembles Biologic and Venus Flytrap, and as a sideman for world music group Humanfolk. He created and arranged a Peruvian Folk Fusion group Unity, which performed at 2015 APEC summit in Manila.

While in his early 20s, Rick studied traditional jazz improvisation, intervallic cycles and concepts, and extended techniques for sax with Bert Wilson; and recently studied extended techniques for flute with Robert Dick. After private lessons with ex-Berklee instructor Steven J. Solomon as a teenager and college bands under Fred Radke (former lead trumpet for Harry James), he began his musical pursuits and "live" education in the 70s in the Seattle area, participating nightly in jazz sessions in Pioneer Square which continued in private music houses till 6am.

In his late 30s, dissatisfied with his musical development, and his financial situation, Rick left the scene to pursue "regular work" and slowly shifted his attention to Hindustani music. Overtime, employment opportunities would take him to Tokyo, where he would be overwhelmed, once again, by jazz; frequenting clubs nightly. Inspired, he resumed his jazz studies, and eventually began to attend sessions and perform.

He currently continues his pursuit within the Manila scene, appearing regularly in local jazz festivals and jazz/improvisational venues. Rick began collaborations with bassist Simon Tan on original jazz concepts in Metro Manila in 2011, followed with collaborations with Switzerland's Christian Bucher in 2013, resulting in recording "Acceptance - Resistance" and "Signal Number Three." "

-Rick Countryman 8/15/2018

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"Simon Leonardo P. Tan (born August 13, 1970) is a Filipino bassist. Beginning classical guitar lessons at age 13 at the Yamaha School of Music stimulated his later exposure to electric guitar and, inevitably, his interest in the electric bass. He studied the contrabass at the University of the Philippines College of Music from 1988 until 1992, then embarked on a professional musical career. His ability as a multi-genre bass player readily caught attention, notably in the pioneering Manila-based blues band, Lampano Alley, led by the Filipino blues singer and recording artist, Binky Lampano. This was followed by his tenure as bassist and composer with the award-winning Philippine jazz group, WDOUJI.

Simon Tan's influences range from rock to classical, blues and jazz. His influences as a bass instrumentalist include Roscoe Beck, Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, Charlie Haden, James Jamerson, Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, and John Pattitucci. Notable (Filipino) musical (non-bass) influences include vocalist Binky Lampano and saxophonist Tots Tolentino."

-WikiVisually (http://wikivisually.com/wiki/Simon_Tan)
8/15/2018

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"Stella is a very unique performing and recording artist from the Philippines who has caught the hearts of audiences worldwide. An accomplished singer-songwriter, dancer and stage actress with a degree in Bachelor of Music major in Voice, she is a well-rounded performer who literally crackles with electricity the moment she sets foot onstage.

With a wide, vocal range and unique,creative style,she can effortlessly breeze through any tune from classical arias, broadway, blues, R&B, soul to pop, fusion and light rock though JAZZ and improvisation is what she really specializes in.Stella started dancing classical ballet at the age of five then later on shifted to jazz and tap dancing. At the same time, she took up piano, organ, guitar and flute lessons during her school days. Singing was incidental in her life as an artist. She really didn't think she could sing until she enrolled in the Conservatory of Music majored first in piano then shifted to voice. After graduation, she joined the Metropolitan Theatre and the Repertory Philippines which helped hone her acting,singing, and dancing ability by performing in some of their musical plays. She also sang for jingles and did voice-over and commercials. After theatre, she went on singing in hotel piano lounges and did several gigs and shows in her country and abroad. She also finished 3 albums under an independent label. She constantly travelled, did TV and radio guestings and also hosted for weddings and corporate shows.

She is currently doing fund-raising and benefit shows both in the Philippines and abroad and is an active member of the Center for Arts Foundation and the Rotary Club of Makati-Rockwell."

-Stella Ignacio Website (http://www.jazzstella.com/#!bio)
8/15/2018

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Jose Aris 'ISLA' Antinero - Philippines - Binangonan, Rizal. 2006-present Tenor Trombone for Norwegian Star, Norwegian Cruise Lines. 2005-2006- Tenor Trombone Player for the Enchantment of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines 1994-2005- Member, International Trombone Association 2004- Tenor Trombone Player for the Empress of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Has played with Michel Le Grand, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra. Played at 2006 Philippine International Jazz Festival. Member of Inem Jazz Sextet.

-Trombone USA (http://www.trombone-usa.com/antinero_jose_bio.htm)
8/15/2018

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