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Free Jazz In Japan: A Personal History by Teruto Soejima
Published by Public Bath Press, paperback, 368 pp, 2019
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Publisher Public Bath writes:
"This book, the only history of free jazz in Japan, has been reprinted many times in Japan and is finally available to readers overseas in English translation. From its earliest stirrings in the 1960s until it reached international recognition in the 1970s and after, free jazz in Japan is a unique music that has found its perfect scribe. Teruto Soejima was a writer who fell in love with a music and devoted his life to it as promoter, critic, label owner, tour organiser, and much more.
"If you like jazz at all, if you like the unique voices of Japan at all, this book will open your ears to many sounds you haven't heard, or heard of, before.
"Introduction by Otomo Yoshihide. All new photos in this edition, none used from the original Japanese volume."
Following the action from Tokyo’s Shinjuku district to the Moers Festival in West Germany, Soejima’s book covers musicians like Kaoru Abe, Masayuki Takayanagi, Masahiko Satoh, Mototeru Takagi, Chisato Yamada, Ritsu Fukushi, Masahiko Togashi, Sabu Toyozumi, Korean saxophonist Kang Tae Hwan and more.
Listen to a special edition of The Wire's Adventures In Sound And Music show with Editor-in-Chief Chris Bohn and writer Alan Cummings discussing the book and playing music by some of the artists featured in it.
John Zorn writes: "Soejima Teruta was a legend on the scene of jazz and improvised music in Japan ... Much more than a critical observer, Soejima-san was a tireless supporter of music and musicians, and will always be remembered for his brilliant mind and gentle soul."