Thursday, December 31, 2020

MASAHIKO TOGASHI – Voice From Yonder (Denon ‎– YX-7519-ND / LP-1978)




Label: Denon ‎– YX-7519-ND
Format: Vinyl, LP / Country: Japan / Released: Jul 1978
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded on 2-3 February 1978, at Nippon Columbia's 1st Studio, Tokyo.
Japanese Original Press
Illustration [Cover] – Shozo Shinoda
Design [Cover] – Sign
Engineer – Masao Hayashi
Recording Supervisor – Yoshiharu Kawaguchi
Translated By [Poems] – Tom Oshidari
Composed By – Masahiko Togashi
Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched): YX-7519-ND – A
Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched): YX-7519-ND – B

side 1:
A1 - Voice From Yonder .......................................................................................... 13:40
A2 - Silence ............................................................................................................... 2:20
A3 - Welcome ............................................................................................................ 3:01

side 2:
B1 - Travelers .......................................................................................................... 12:13
B2 - It's Time ............................................................................................................. 3:34
B3 - Farewell ............................................................................................................. 2:35

Personnel:
Masahiko Togashi – percussion
Yoshiaki Fujikawa – reed, percussion
Takashi Kako – piano, percussion
Keiki Midorikawa – bass, cello, percussion

Note:
Recorded on 2-3 February 1978.
Production date on the record label says June 1978.
Production date on the sleeve says July 1978.
Liner notes (Japanese) written in May 1978.
Backside of the sleeve listed Personel as Masahiko Togashi Quartet. The album however is published with Masahiko Togashi as artist.

Masahiko Togashi (富樫 雅彦, Togashi Masahiko), March 22, 1940, Tokyo - August 22, 2007, Kanagawa) was a Japanese jazz percussionist and composer.




Togashi grew up in a musical household; his father was a double-bassist in a swing jazz ensemble, and Togashi learned violin and drums, playing the latter in his father's band. He worked with Sadao Watanabe, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Tony Scott in the 1950s, then founded the ensemble Jazz Academy in 1961 with Hideto Kanai, Masabumi Kikuchi, and Masayuki Takayanagi. He was an early free jazz leader in Japan, playing in this idiom with Yosuke Yamashita and performing with American musicians such as Ornette Coleman, Blue Mitchell, Lee Morgan, and Sonny Rollins on Japanese tours.

Togashi lost the use of his legs in an accident in 1969, and designed a new kit that would allow him to continue playing. Togashi’s technical expertise on a wide range of percussion instruments allows him to introduce into his performances telling effects that add intriguingly exotic undertones.
Later associations included performing or recording with Paul Bley, Don Cherry, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Steve Lacy, Gary Peacock, Masahiko Sato, and Yuji Takahashi. 



If you find it, buy this album!

29 comments:

  1. MASAHIKO TOGASHI – Voice From Yonder (LP-1978)
    Vinyl Rip/FLAC-176+Artwork (429.70 MB)


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    Regards.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR...!!!

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  2. Once again, Many thanks Vitko. (and keep these Japanese artists coming!)

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  3. Thank you so much! Togashi is one of my favorite drummers. Happy New Year!

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  4. Before following this blog, the only Japanese jazz musician I knew was Youke Yamashita (I saw him several times in concert in the mid-seventies).So thank you for making me discover al those other musicians.
    These 3 Togashi records were a marvelous New Years gift.

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  5. This is one great album by MASAHIKO TOGASHI. I really enjoy it. Thank you Vitko for a great transfer and rich artwork.
    The best!

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  6. Hi, Vitko. Thank you so much!!
    Best regards!!

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  7. Many thanks for this great Jap music. Happy new year.

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  8. this is one surprising record - if Tosashi-san's drumming were in the foreground less, it could almost be ECM from some alternate universe. Thanks for this one!

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  9. Thanks Vitko. You got the goods!

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  10. Magnificent and so kind - thank-you again!

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  11. Thanks! Togashi one of the greatest japanese drummers for me!

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  12. Thank you for the 3 Togashi ,very good music.

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  13. Love their format, great percussion work!!!

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  14. Like most of us followers I'm not familiar with all of the Japanese artists. Therefore many thanks for introducing me to the marvelous Masahiko Togashi. I can repeat what I've have written to the Sketch album. Excellent music and awesome sound engineering. I rarely heard such powerful dynamics. Thanks dear Vitko, for the triple set of otherwise unheard music. The Yuji Takahashi album will be the next one on my networkplayer. I'm still curious.

    Uwe

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  15. Great playing, wonderfully recorded and a superb transfer from the vinyl. Thanks for these treats!
    Dave H

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  16. These are amazing. Thank you for returning to the East this new year. Please keep it coming; so many restorative sounds needed these days, in the states, and around the world!

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  17. Thanks very much for the Togashi LPs!!!

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  18. So good! Thank you.

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  19. Greetings from NYC, where I've at last got my delicious-sounding vintage floor speakers hooked up and can't wait to (re) break them in with this trio of Togashi records. Thank you!

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  20. Great music, thanks a lot!

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  21. very pleased for the excellent upgrade Vitko, Masahiko is a legend

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