**2006 release, long out of print, very few copies available** Trumpeter Itaru Oki Trio's landmark debut album from 1970 reissued, a flamed out free jazz masterpiece. Itaru Oki (trumpet), Yoshiaki Fujikawa (alto sax), Keiki Midorikawa (cello, bass, piano) for sure one of the earliest free jazz players and albums from Japan. And this album is possibly his finest effort, eclectic and saturated with ethnic elements, quirky, free form.
Japanese trumpet player Itaru Oki represents one of the very first country's jazz musicians generation. During late 50s-early 60s he played in local big bands and with bop artists, in late 60s he switched to just born Japanese free jazz. Since that he played with many leading jazz musicians with big variety of genres. From mid 70s he resided in Paris for decade,traveling Europe and Japan and organizing Japanese jazz artists concerts in Europe. He is still active till now (I saw him playing live with Japanese band Hikashu just few months ago in my hometown).
Itaru Oki - trumpet, fluegelhorn, cowbell, triangle, bells, Indian bells, wood block, backet trumpet
Keiki Midorikawa - bass, piano, gong
Hozumi Tanaka - drums, gongs, timpani