Yuji Takahashi/高橋悠治&Sabu Toyozumi/豊住芳三郎:閑雲野鶴/The Quietly Clouds and A Wild Crane (NBCD-156/NBLP-150)




1. Lovely Silver 6.000km          (34:09)

2. Sholder blade and Hip joint       (30:27)



A-1  Lovely Silver 6,000km( part1 )     (4:31)

A-2  Lovely Silver 6,000km( part2 )     (7:40)

A-3  Lovely Silver 6,000km( part3)      (8:50)


B-1 Sholder blade and Hip joint        (23:36)


Yuji Takahashi /高橋悠治(p,perc)

Sabu Toyozumi/豊住芳三郎(ds,perc)


Recorded live on 16 March 1998 at CSAka Renga/赤れんが,Yamaguchi City,Japan by

Takeo Suetomi/末冨健夫

Concert produced by Takeo Suetomi

Photos by Takayo Suetomi/末冨孝代,Takeo Suetomi,

Piano tuner Hiroichi Sumikawa/澄川弘一

Masterd by Arunas Zujus at MAMA studios

Cover art by Sabu Toyozumi

Design by Oskaras Anosovas

Produced by Danas Mikailionis and Takeo Suetomi(Chap Chap Records)


Release coordinator Kenny Inaoka(Jazz Tokyo)



ピアノ調律 by 澄川弘一氏


Maciej Lewenstein -


NoBusiness strikes back with another LP from the Chap Chap Series.

This time is a live recording of the duo of Yuji Takahashi and Sabu Toyozumi,recorded at C*S*Aka Regna in Yamaguchi City in Japan in March 1998.

Side A contains a wonderful suite in three movements "Lovely Silver 6,000 km". Side B contains a single track "Shoulder Blade And Hip Joint".The combines free jazz at the highest possible artistic level with elements of ffree improvisation. Yuji's piano employs, obviously, traditions of Cecil Tayloror Alexander von Schlippenbach, yet is

clearly very original and creative.

He uses much more prepared and inside piano techniques, more typical for the contemporary classical music of John Cage. He employs also repetitive motifs, like in minimal music. The album as a whole is very interesting and diferent from anything I know.



The Quietly Clouds And A Wild Crane - 


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Stuart Broomer - New York City Jazz Record
Since 2017 Lithuanian label NoBusiness has formed a partnership with Japanese imprint Chap-Chap to release vintage recordings of performances presented and recorded by producer/writer Takeo Suetomi, a major figure in the documentation of Japanese free jazz and improvised music. The latest releases suggest both the range and depth of the music involved. 
The Quietly Clouds And A Wild Crane is a duo performance by pianist Yuji Takahashi and drummer Sabu Toyozumi, recorded in Yamaguchi City in 1998 with both contributing additional percussion. The latter, who turns 80 this July, may be immediately familiar to enthusiasts of free improvisation from his recordings with significant figures in Western free improvisation; the Chap-Chap series includes duos with Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, late British trombonist Paul Rutherford and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. A student of Iannis Xenakis, Takahashi, now 84, is both a distinguished composer, whose work ranges from protest songs and classical genres to electronic music, and an outstanding concert pianist who has recorded works from Bach, Satie and Schoenberg to Rzewski and Takemitsu. His Messiaen recordings include Visions de l’Amen for two pianos with Peter Serkin.

The breadth of those collective associations comes through strongly in the program, two extended improvisations entitled “Lovely Silver 6000 km” and “Shoulder Blade and Hip Joint”, the former approaching 34 minutes, the latter 30. Dreams or dances, sometimes expressionist, sometimes impressionist, they are suffused with a kind of light, whether it is the contrast of rhythmic patterns that Toyozumi builds from the different elements in his kit to the way Takahashi, at one point, contrasts dense and dissonant clusters in the bass register with sparkling consonance in the treble.

That the various titles suggest both impressionism and immediate physicality is entirely in keeping with the music’s bright complexity and rich playfulness. While Takahashi can throw off fractured runs with the lightness of water drops and flower petals, Toyozumi matches that with a passage on “Shoulder Blade and Hip Joint” making extended use of birdcalls, whether accomplished with sheer oral technique or a dedicated device.


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