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Akira Sakata

Akira Sakata was born in Kure-city, Hiroshima in 1945. Studied marine biology at Hiroshima university. Formed a group Saibo-bunretsu (Cell fission) in Tokyo in 1969, and was also performing with various free-jazz musicians during this time. Since the late 1960s, Sakata has been a constant figure in jazz and creative music scenes as an ever evolving and adventurous, multi-instrumentalist, and member of classic groups such as Yamashita Yosuke Trio, from 1972 till 1979, and Wha-ha-ha plus many of his own, like the Sakata Akira mii. He has recorded with Chris Cosey, Peter Brotzmann in Last Exit, DJ Krush, Yoshimio, and others.

In 2005 he began peforming with guitarist Jim O'Rourke, drummer Chris Corsano and acoustic bassist Darin Gray. They've since released five albums together. Friendly Pants (Family Vineyard, 2009) was the first American release by Sakata in more than 20 years. It paired the 65-year-old traveler alongside bombast Chikamorachi (Corsano/Gray) and O'Rourke as the producer.


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”Sakata pushed from melodic warmth to upper register cries in long natural arcs, driven by an unstoppable momentum and clear logic.” (4 stars) -- Peter, Margasak, Downbeat

“Sakata has rarely played with such simplicity and such beauty. His characteristic sound, difficult to convey in words, has a softly buzzing, almost woody quality that fragments the more intense tones into momentary harmonics.” -- Brian Morton, The Wire

“Sakata can still play the hell out of the alto sax and he tears through registers with all of the beautiful force of a Noah Howard or Marion Brown

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Dental Kafka

Trost Records
2020

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BRIDGES

Ictus Records
2019

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Arashi

Trost Records
2015

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Iruman

Mbari Musica
2014

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Live at Cafe Oto

Clamshell
2014

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Nagoya 2

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