Featuring: Kaoru Abe | Sabu Toyozumi

Musicians on the recording

Kaoru Abe - alto, sopranino and soprano saxophones
Sabu Toyozumi - drums and percussion

Recording track list

1. Song for Mithue Totozumi - Part I 21:14
2. Song for Mithue Totozumi - Part II 14:44
3. Song for Sakamoto Kikuyo - Part I 4:43
4. Song for Sakamoto Kikuyo - Part II 14:48
5. Song for Sakamoto Kikuyo - Part III 18:28
NoBusiness Records NBCD 107
Release year - 2018

Credits and release info

  • First two tracks recorded live at Minor, Kichijôji, Tokyo, Saturday, 7th July, 1978
  • The rest of the tracks recorded live at Gaïa, Hatsudai, Tokyo, Friday, 13th January, 1978
  • Recorded by Shinji Ohno
  • Sound restauration by Benjamin Duboc and Julien Palomo
  • Mastered by Arūnas Zujus at MAMAstudios
  • Design by Oskaras Anosovas
  • Photos by Katsuji Okamoto
  • Produced by Danas Mikailionis
  • Co-producer - Valerij Anosov

Reviews and articles

Edwin Pouncey - JazzWise

In the light of the recently discovered ‘lost’ recordings by such jazz legends as Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and John Coltrane, this freshly unearthed recording featuring the fire music of Japanese saxophone player, the late Karou Abe, is an equally exciting find. Recorded live in Tokyo at two separate locations, Mannyoka is an important addition to the discography of Japanese free jazz, at a time when European and American musicians like Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, and Milford Graves were travelling to Japan in order to perform and record with new players. Here Abe is joined by drummer Sabu Toyozumi who provides the perfect accompaniment for the sax player’s guttural blasts and minimalist skronking. A duet that screams forth one minute, only to slowly recede into near silence the next. The resulting exchange between the two players is tense at times, broken only by a feral fiery salvo from Abe’s blaring horn. 

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