Masabumi Kikuchi - Black Orpheus | ECM 4732215

Masabumi Kikuchi - Black Orpheus


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Label: ECM

Cat No: 4732215

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 8th April 2016



Masabumi Kikuchi (piano)


Masabumi Kikuchi (piano)


A document of a 2012 Japanese solo recital – not only the last in his homeland but the last anywhere – by idiosyncratic improviser Masabumi Kikuchi (1939-2015). One of the uncategorisable greats, Kikuchi occupied his own musical universe and in his final years was quietly and systematically severing his ties to jazz, drifting instead towards what he called ‘floating sound and harmonies’, introspective and poetic improvisations. Song forms still sometimes materialized. Kikuchi revisits “Little Abi”, a ballad for his daughter, which the pianist once recorded with Elvin Jones. And there is a surprising and very touching version of the wistfully yearning theme from the 1959 Brazilian film Black Orpheus.

1. Tokyo Part I
2. Tokyo Part II
3. Tokyo Part III
4. Tokyo Part IV
5. Tokyo Part V
6. Black Orpheus (Manhã de Carnaval)
7. Tokyo Part VI
8. Tokyo Part VII
9. Tokyo Part VIII
10. Tokyo Part IX
11. Little Abi

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