Label: Jazz Creaters – JC-1
Format: Vinyl, LP; Country: Japan - Released: 1970
Style: Free Jazz
Recorded in Tokyo, February 1970.
(Album title is read as "Satsujin Kyoshitsu"; usually translated as "Homicide Classroom".
English translations for the title "Homicide Classroom" and for track B2 - "Eternal Lyric" were given on the obi of this release, but not on this LP.)
Recording Engineer by – Kinji Hayashi
Produced, Liner Notes by – Teruto Soejima (see note)
Photography by – Katsuyuki Oda
Design by – Nobuo Umemori
A1 - 水との会話 "Aporia" . . . 12:09
A2 - 図形的発展 "Spectral" . . . 7:04
B1 - 空間の飛翔 "Papilio" . . . 11:13
B2 - 永遠の詩 "Eternal Lyric" . . . 5:20
ITARU OKI – trumpet, fluegelhorn, cowbell, triangle, bells, Indian bells, wood block, backet trumpet
KEIKI MIDORIKAWA – bass, piano, gong
HOZUMI TANAKA – drums, gongs, timpani
This album is now almost impossible to obtain, so it is my pleasure to present it here. Enjoy!
Teruto Soejima, Tokyo, Japan
Jazz critic, producer, film artist, at DUG in Shinjuku
Probably the one person who introduced Japanese Free Jazz to European audiences.
As Producer - Outside Japan:
Since 1979, has produced and organized overseas performances by over 30 Japanese performing arts groups (jazz, Japanese traditional music, avant-garde theater, etc.). These include three European tours (in 1998, 2000, and 2002) by the jazz orchestra Shibusashirazu; a concert in Germany (in 1995) by the shakuhachi player Hozan Yamamoto; and a tour of Russia and Lithuania (in 1992) by the improvisational music trio Ton Klami.
2006 - Served as art director of the five-day festival "Jazz in Japan 2006" in Paris, France.
Has organized such events as the 14-day free jazz festival Inspiration and Power (in 1974 and 1976), the Pan Music Festival '82, and the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra Japan Tour (in 1996).
I recommend his books:
Gendai Jazz no Choryu [Currents in Contemporary Jazz] (1994)
Nihon Free Jazz-shi [The History of Japanese Free Jazz] (2002)
If you find it, buy this album!