The Rewind No 28: Maki Asakawa

Maki Asakawa

A great survey of the 1970s heyday of the great Japanese singer and countercultural icon Maki Asakawa. Deep-indigo, dead-of-night enka, folk and blues, inhaling Billie Holiday and Nina Simone down to the bone. A traditional waltz abuts Nico-style incantation; defamiliarised versions of Oscar Brown Jr and Bessie Smith collide with big-band experiments alongside Shuji Terayama; a sitar-led psychedelic wig-out runs into a killer excursion in modal, spiritual jazz. Existentialism and noir, mystery and allure, hurt and hauteur. The album comes with excellent notes by Alan Cummings and the fabulous photographs of Hitoshi Jin Tamura. Fans of jazz/fusion music will undoubtedly find lots to love about this record. A fascinating snapshot into the music of Asakawa. Essential!

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Maki Asakawa is available to buy from Honest Jons

CF Smith

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