Apr 30, 2011

Yamashita Yosuke Trio - April Fool/ Coming Muhammad Ali

barabara sounds sez:
This was a post I had planned for the beginning of this month (until seismic events intervened). Now I just want to get it up before we run into May...

More Yamashita, this time with his original
trio, with Nakamura Seichi and Moriyama Takeo doing the honors on sax and drums respectively. This was the last album with this line-up (before Sakata Akira took over from Nakamura).
Originally released in 1972 (U.R.C Records),
it was inspired by the Muhumman Ali-Mac Foster heavyweight title fight that took place in Tokyo earlier that year — on April 1st, hence the title.

Quick diversion: the poster for the fight was something else...

Back to the album: What you get is interviews and Ali soundbites
plenty of
Yamashita's high-intensity free playing
It's tempting to say the album is a knock-out but like t
he actual fight (which Ali took the full 15 rounds and won by a decision), it isn't a classic. Once you've heard the spoken word sections a couple of times, you'll probably want to edit them out and focus on the
music tracks.

If this grabs you, then check out this brief sliver of footage of the Yamashita trio from Wakamatsu Koji's equally out there "
Ecstacy of the Angels" from the same year.

There's more info on Yamashita here. And don't neglect el Goog Ja's discography over here...


Anonymous said...

mf playing up. Now finally...

No April Fool. Any comments coming?

Wallofsound said...

I'll give it a listen. Thanks

taro nombei said...

@ wallofsound
Cheers, let me know how you like it?

Arkadin said...

Heavy stuff, a bit too heavy for my wussy taste. But thanks for posting. Glad you're back on the blog!

taro nombei said...

@ Arkadin
Yes, like the fight itself, it's a curio more than a classic.
But a missing link in the YY discography.
Thanks for the comment!

onxidlib said...

Yeah, it's a more obscure recording from Y.Y.

Have a look in your email account - you'll find another obscure Y.Y.


Anonymous said...

maybe it is an obscure and maybe it is not as accessible as his "classic" works but i really want to hear!
the link is dead, so please repost!!


taro nombei said...

@ Igor
glad to hear there are still people looking around here... Here you go!


Anonymous said...

yeaaah! that's just great to get such an obscurity! thanks for responding to my request, Taro Nombei! hope you'll continue to please people who follow your blog with your shares ;)


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