Kakashi (Hi-Quality CD)
Origianlly released in 1982. avant electronic, jazz, ethno minimal, chindon, on this extraordinary album, now gets a H-Quality CD release.
Yasuaki Shimizu: vocals, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, drums, percussion, Aki Ikuta: guitar (7), contrabass (6), trap drum, contrabass drum, chanchiki, percussion (1, 2, 8), Hideo Yamaki: drums (1, 2, 8) Morio Watanabe : bass (1, 2, 7, 8), engawa, bells (8), Takayuki Hijikata: guitar (1), Masanori Sasaji: marimba (1), Dompei Kanezaki: trumpet (1, 8), Johnny: Frenchman, Irishman (1), Koji Yamaguchi: French horn (1), Mitsuru Orikasa: violoncello (1), Tomio Yajima: violoncello (2)
1. Suiren 2. Kakashi 3. Kono Youni Yomeri 1 4. Semi-tori no Hi 5. Kono Youni Yomeri 2 6. Yume Dewa 7. Umi No Ue Kara 8. Utsukushiki Tennen
IQ-179 (Hi-Quality CD)
Originally released in 1981. Shimizu's solo album released when he was still a member of Mariah. Guests include Ryuichi Sakamoto, singer Minako Yoshida and guitarist Katsumi Watanabe. on an album of progressive jazz on sax, harmonica, keyboards, ocarina and an unusual array of instruments
1. Crow 2. Lizard 3. Hako 4. Doll Play 1 5. Puzzle 34 6. Cloud 9 7. E=MC2= Amnesia 8. IQ-179 9. Little "L" 10. Doll Play 2 11. Shashin 12. Lost Horizon
YASUAKI SHIMIZU, HIDEO YAMAKI, GEN OGIMI
Collaboration album between Yasuaki Shimizu (saxophone, keyboards), Hideo Yamaki (drums, balaphone) and Gen Ogimi (percussion), the name SYO combining the first letters of their names. Blend of acoustic and electronic music. Quirky, subtle, unrestrained and playful. From improvisational passages, with wild interplay of sounds, matsuri taiko drumbeats, vocal collages, a varied body of work. Listen to sound samples.
1. Monsieur Coulmier 2. Sokokara Ima 3. Body Percussion 4. Gaze 5.Tsubo Saxo 6. Sasame Yuki 7. Shortwave 8. Tanada 9. SYO Vox 10. Mabataki
YASUAKI SHIMIZU & SAXOPHONETTES
Cello Suites, 1,2,3 & 4,5,6 (2 CDs)
Shimizu's interpretations of Bach's cello suites have been some of our best selling titles for several years. Spiraling, buoyant, invigorating recorded in six inspired locations. Now both albums, Cello Suites 1,2,3 and 4,5,6 are reissued as a two CD set. 36 tracks.
Utakata no Hibi (HQCD)
Originally released in 1983.Between 1979 and 83, Shimizu belonged to this group playing tenor sax with other top class musicians and an American singer in a kind of progressive rock and jazz mix which could probably be more appreciated now than back then.
1. Soko Kara 2. Shisen 3. Hana ga Saitara 4. Fujiya no Nezumi 5. Sora ni Mau Maboroshi 6. Shinzo no Tobira 7. Shonen
YASUAKI SHIMIZU & SAXOPHONETTES
L'Automne a Pekin (HQCD)
YMO style renditions of standard jazz numbers from the1930s and 40s featuring Ryuichi Sakamoto, recorded in 1983. Fascinating.
1. Just One of Those Things 2. Night and Day 3. I'm a Fool to Want You 4. I'll Remember April 5. Sophisticated Lady 6. If I Should Lose You 7. As Time Goes By 8. Everything Happens to Me
1991 TOKYO X JAMAICA SUMMIT
Time is Now
In 1991, saxophonist Yasuaki Shimizu, singer and keyboard player Minako Yoshida teamed up with Jamaican rhythm section Sly & Robbie and guitarist Michael Rose. After 17 years this extraordinary session finally sees the light of day.
Cello Suites 1,2,3
Amazing recording of Bach's music, performed on solo saxophone. Has been picked up by that doyen of good taste Charlie Gillett and played on his BBC World Service programme.
YASUAKI SHIMIZU AND SAXOPHENETTES
Cello Suites 4,5,6
Saxophone player's interpretation of Bach, recorded down a Japanese mine and at North Italian villas.
YASUAKI SHIMIZU & SAXPHONETTES
Yasuaki Shimizu is known for his saxophone versions of Bach's Cello Suites. This mini-album (6 tracks, 20 minutes) features saxophone versions of Courante and Prelude from Cello Suites No. 1, electronic non-reverberated sine-wave renditions of the Goldberg Variations and Art of Fugue, Menuet 2 from English Suites No. 4 with a spoken word accompaniment to the electronic sounds and a soprano vocal version of Sarabande, Cello Suites no. 2. Without the immediacy of the two Bach Cello Suites saxophone volumes, but offering another intriguing side of this talented musician.
YASUAKI SHIMIZU & SAXOPHONETTES
Time and Again + 3
A saxophone and orchestra masterpiece re-released from 1993, with new remixes by The Orb. Mostly original compostions, Time and Again is orchestrated with sumptuous string arrangements and sparkling tenor saxophone, offering delicately cool music that highlights subtle details. The two remixes by The Orb were originally released in the UK and the USA. The enhanced CDalso includes Hiroyuki Nakano's video 'Moths and Cortisone' a variation on the 2004 edition's overall theme, 'return to reality'.
The new allbum by Yasuaki Shimizu, Seventh Garden is a condensed version of a sound installation that he produced for the six theme gardens at Pacific Flora 2004 Dream Garden Factory in Hamanako. A polyphonic ambient album uses samples and electronics, for the sounds of insects, birds, bamboo, trees, wind, rain, wave, thunder, plus gamelan and pipe organ. Includes 'Zasso' whereby some 60 names of weeds are sung and recorded one by one, and ventures into rhythmic sine wave-based electronica, a soprano rendition of Zasso in Italian, and his trademark sonic collage.
Originally released in 1982, Shimizu's solo album released when he was still a member of Mariah. Guests include Ryuichi Sakamoto, singer Minako Yoshida and guitarist Katsumi Watanabe. on an album of progressive jazz on sax, harmonica, keyboards, ocarina and an unusual array of instruments.
Originally released in 1983, jazz meets new age, a blend more succesfull than expected in the hands of Shimizu.
Peking No Aki
YMO style renditions of standard jazz numbers from the1930s and 40s featuring Ryuichi Sakamoto, recorded in
Utakata No Hibi
One of our best selling CDs is the Bach cello suites played on saxophone by Yasuaki Shimizu. Between 1979 and 83, Shimizu belonged to this group playing tenor sax with other top class musicians and an American singer in a kind of progressive rock and jazz mix which could probably be more appreciated now than back then. Reissue of 1983 album.
Originally released in 1981, recorded in Tokyo and LA, progressive jazz and rock featuring sax player Yasuaki Shimizu and even Steve Lucas, singer with Toto. Well, it was 1981 so perhaps they are forgiven.
Recorded live in 1982, a jazz album with inclduing 'Night in Tunisia', 'All The Things You Are', and featuring Yasuaki Shimizu. Comes with progressive rock tendancies.