2018年10月23日 (火)

Review from Poland - Path of June


ポーランドのウェブサイトに新譜 "Path of June" のレビューが出ています。

Straight from Japan came to me the brilliant new album guitarist and musical innovator, Takumi Seino . Like previous albums artist album "Path of June" was released in a specific Graphically by his own music label, Voice Of Silence. Associating with Japanese music virtuoso of extraordinary imagination and ability to create the climate in each case we are dealing with works of remarkable and escaping any definitions. Featuring stunning guitar technique, despite its extremely wide range of activities including achievements in a variety of compositions and configurations, he developed a unique personal musical language. New album from an artist forever associated with the iconic Big Apple jazz club, the material almost entirely improvised, recorded solo.

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2018年10月 3日 (水)



先日発売された音楽ライター小島智さんの書籍「アヴァン・ミュージック・イン・ジャパン」にて、僕のCD ”Flower Flows" が紹介されています。
萬恭隆、ラリー・マーシャルとのトリオ『Flower Flows』、関連作品としてNEXT ORDERの『LIVE INTENSIFIED』、DROPS TRIOの『Mood For Red』を取り上げていただいています。


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2016年3月 8日 (火)

Review from Holland (vital weekly #1023) - Last Tree




Here's a new release of Seino on his own Voice of Silence label. This time around it is a work of duo improvisations with French cello player Hugues Vincent. Vincent studied classical cello in Montreuil. To be followed by masterclasses with Didier Levallet, Joëlle Léandre, Ernst Reijseger, Barre Philips, a.o., illustrating that Vincent choose the path of improvisation, instead of performing the classical repertoire. We catch Seino and Vincent a in live recording dating from October 17th, 2014 at the Big Apple, Kobe. The improvisations are divided in three groups, named ‘Exposed Dialogue’, ‘Last Tree’ and ‘Enclosed Dialogue’, ranging from 5 to 9 improvisations. Seino plays electric and acoustic guitars. Vincent just cello. Except for one, all other improvisations stay within five minutes. No more time was needed by them to work out ideas in pointed miniatures. In some tracks a jazzy atmosphere dominates, others make use of what sounds as traditional Japanese music, or as modern composed chamber music. With success they strived for a wide variety of dialogues, what makes this a rich and entertaining record. (DM)

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2016年2月 5日 (金)

Review from Poland - Last Tree

ポーランドから新譜「Last Tree」の素晴らしいレビューが届きました!

Takumi SEINO / Hugues VINCENT: Last Tree /2015/

Exposed Dialogue I-IX; Last Tree I-VI; Enclosed Dialogue I-V.

At the end of 2,015 years he released another album, the brilliant Japanese guitarist and musical innovator - Takumi Seino. After the album "Book Apple" (2014), published on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Big Apple jazz club, with which the artist has long been associated, Takumi Seino proposed dose of pure improvisation recorded in the same club with French cellist Hugues Vincent. Like previous albums guitarist, so this latest titled "Last Tree" (2015) released on their own label music - Voice Of Silence.
For several years, watching the actions of Takumi Seino and its various projects.Each time there is a remarkable music and escaping any comparisons. Featuring stunning guitar technique despite the extremely wide spectrum of its activities including achievements in various compositions and configurations, as well as excellent solo albums recorded, he has developed a unique personal musical language. As an artist completely independent and disobedient to any restrictions, each time deciding on projects with other artists, puts above all the strength inherent in mutual interaction and understanding art. When his music the way he met the original instrumentalist and improviser which is avant-garde cellist Hugues Vincent, it turned out that both musicians although zdobywanymi have experience in different environments, together they can create a unique platform for artistic. October 16, 2015 year situated on the island of Honshu club Big Apple musicians decided to record music formed through based on mutual agreement improvisations.
Divided into three separate parts of the album "Last Tree" released a year later documented this special match.
You should know that this is not only the implementation of Hugues Vincent realized with the Japanese artist. Once released in 2014 the album "Free Trees" (recorded with violinist Maria Logofet and bassist Vladimir Kudryavtsev), the musician made ​​a joint recordings with Yasumune Morishige convention avant-garde search for two cellos. Please read and the music, to see how wide spectrum of consciousness improvisational has this musician.
The first nine fragments of plates together titled "Exposed Dialogue" exposes acoustic sound built by innovative motifs cello Vincent, along with acoustic guitar Takumi Seino.
The second cycle: "Last Tree " this, in turn, a musical journey exploring the possibilities of electronics and feedback connected to the amplifier cello, often sounding like an electric guitar. Such wording cello combined with the sounds of a real electric guitar Takumi Seino opens instrumentalists different sound space, revealing new opportunities for joint improvisation.
Takumi Seino during the "last tree II" perfectly weaves the music of Asian melodic motifs, contrasting with the "dirty" parties Vincent.
on the other hand, through the use of sophisticated sensors during the "last tree IV"the guitar sound like a piano. 
the real consolation is the "last tree V" bringing impressionistic motives purely sounding electric guitar with the background of the created by stylish pizzicato Vincent, in this case treats the cello like a bass.
the last , the shortest part of the disc (12 minutes), it recorded additional, forming a sort of postscript to the whole album. "Enclosed Dialogue" fills the five fragments which kind of music sketches.
Thinking about the next after "Last Tree" album which will record Takumi Seino, I am convinced that in the slightest will not resemble any of his previous records, and at the same time bring together the music proper to him alone. How good it is that they are artists in the world, offering the recipient the opportunity to broaden the scope of their own musical consciousness.
The album was released December 19, 2015

Robert Ratajczak

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2016年2月 1日 (月)

13 questions


スペインのウェブサイト、PREPARED GUITARからインタビューを受けました。

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2015年11月14日 (土)

Review from Poland - Book Apple


「25の短い章からなる Music Book "Book Apple"は必読書であり、間違いなく中毒性がある」

As a reminder: Japanese guitarist and composer Takumi Seino (a graduate of the Berklee College of Music), he is a freelance musician who followed successive years following their own path. As an exceptional guitar virtuoso and improviser has been honored with many awards and distinctions, among which it is worth mentioning the title of Best Guitarist of the Year awarded by Yamaha. In his biography he has entered collaboration with musicians such as .: Blake Newman, Jeremy Stratton, Scott Goulding, David Sinclair and power trains such bands as: Khamsin Six North, EBA, Eiichiro Arasaki Big Band and Next Order.
Takumi Seino It operates independently pursuing in a variety of configurations, but in recent years he has custody over the production of their albums, from the mixes, and ending at independently designed album covers. This time musician, he released completely alone, playing on acoustic, electric and baritone guitar. The album "Book Apple" is an album with a unique character, because it honoring the 25th anniversary of the Big Apple jazz club located in Kobe situated on the island of Honshu, which Seino years is associated. This is where the musician recorded excellent albums such as .: "Mood for Red" (2009), "Old Red Chair On The Porch" (2012) and"Flower Flows" (2013), appearing on the club scene in various configurations, such as Drops Trio, composed of Yasutaka Yourozu at the bass and American drummer Larry Marshall. Four days of October 2014, guitarist holed up in the studio recording a series of 25 miniatures music for 25 years in the Big Apple.
Among the short scroll by during the hours of the topics we find both rearranged motifs from earlier albums guitarist, as well as new themes and passages improvised. Although the "Book Apple" is composed of very short chamber music recitals, the individual pieces put together, form a kind of highly addictive entirely in a unique and absorbing character. Instrumental short stories sparkle with the enormity of color, moving up while listening to nothing fancy images in a fascinating kaleidoscope of sound. Seino can enchant not only exceptional virtuosity and his distinctive way of playing, but also be prepared endearing microclimate, much more accentuated in the formula of a guitar solo, with which we have to do on this album.
The Japanese virtuoso charms various sounds of guitars, discreetly supporting the subtle effects only when it is the most desirable. When are sounded the last notes of topics such as eg. A beautiful "Trace" Eiichi " , or rubbing a flamenco "B-612" - regret that this is the end, immediately it turns into a joy it triggers the beginning of another thumbnails: classicist "Double Dozen" and "Scope for Imagination",impressionistic "Simply" Red "is a charming melody" Late Call "."
Book Apple "is an album far from the formula of long, complex improvisational tracks recorded with a rhythm section, to which we are accustomed Takumi Seino on their recent albums. No one familiar with previous achievements guitarist, has the right to feel disappointed - we are dealing with a plate by all means unique. Music book composed of 25 short chapters he is "Book Apple" is essential reading really is definitely addictive.
The album was released on Dec. 6, 2014.

Robert Ratajczak

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2015年9月14日 (月)

Review from Poland - Mood for Red




Takumi Seino is one of the most active independent jazz musicians in Japan. He is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, having to his credit a lot of awards, such as the title of Best Guitarist awarded annually by Yamaha. So far published several albums branded with his name, recorded in various configurations. Among cooperating with Takumi Seino musicians, it is worth mentioning such names such as: bassists Blake Newman and Jeremy Stratton, drummers Scott Goulding and Larry Marshall (shared albums: '' Old Red Chair On The Porch ', 2012 and' 'Flower Flows' , 2013), pianist and saxophonist David Sinclair Ryosuke Hashizume (known for its delicious plate '' Acoustic Fluid ', 2012) and pianist Takashi Kudo (known from the album' 'Gratitude', 2011). Takumi Seino over the years appeared in such compositions, among others, formation as Khamsin Six North, EBA, Eiichiro Arasaki Big Band, Next Order or create your own Drops Trio with bassist and drummer Osamu Mihara Hiroshi Matsuda. It was in the last of these warehouses was recorded live album "Mood for Red," which is a collection of tracks made ​​in July and September 2009 in the Big Apple club. The album filled with four new songs and guitarist, created by the entire trio in real time, thrilling improvisations.
Opening the album title composition "Mood for Red" introduces us to the atmosphere very strongly associated with the traditional concept of a jazz trio. It is also one of the finest compositions Takumi Seino what I was able to meet six of his albums that I have in my collection. An intriguing bass lines and subdued drum parts perfectly complement the guitar passages leading soaked with progressive overtones. "Mood for Red" is also simply beautiful melody, referring to the finest achievements of jazz music.
A more sophisticated design is characterized by extensive melodic theme "A man holding the apple," and climate nostalgic, dreamy ballads dominated the teamatu "Half of it". In the latter focuses attention on yourself endearing gentleness lot of bass, for which it is responsible Osamu Mihara. It is worth mentioning that in 2009 when he realized discussed at this point the album "Mood for Red", Mihara with Takumi Seino appeared on elapsed board formation Words of Forest: "It's Raining Over There."
Variable rhythm and a real kaleidoscope of moods accompany us while listening to the longest on the album the song "Afternoon weed",
full of turmoil pace and real fireworks of emotion discernible in parts of each instrument. The five other fragments of plates built on free improvisation, shows the unique power Drops Trio based on an unusual agreement and the unconditional trust of music each with instrumentalists to others. Excellent interaction and individual lots of paramount surprise even the "secret garden", when Osamu Mihara creates a unique bass playing arcade supported rozhulaną Hiroshi Matsuda on drums. Born in 1956, drummer composition Drops Trio more inquisitive listeners rightly associate can rock formation Southern All Stars, successfully operating to this day since the mid 70s.
During an impromptu "Glued up back to back," Takumi Seino reaches acoustic guitar after once again proving its versatility and unique stylistic virtuosity being placed on the border of flamenco.
meticulously prepared and carefully designed compositions to successfully side by side with kilkuminutowymi improvised fragments, making the whole plate which had a great listen.

Robert Ratajczak

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2015年3月25日 (水)

Book Apple - Vital Weekly 975



Here is a new life sign from guitarist Takumi Seino. Most releases have him in the company of other musicians. You may know him from his work with Drops Trio or Next Order. As an improviser he worked with many different musicians from all over the planet, but he mainly works in Japan if I’m not mistaken. ‘Book Apple’ is a solo effort. The album is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Big Apple in Kobe, a place where Seino often performs. For this occasion he recorded 25 short improvisations, playing acoustic, electric and baritone guitars. All improvisations were recorded in his own studio during four days in October 2014. Whatever guitar he is playing, he delivers comfortable jazz music that is dominated by romantic atmospheres. We meet similar moods in all pieces. Seino for sure is an accomplished player, staying close to jazz idiom. Although he succeeds in staying miles away from plain easy listening, one would wish he showed more faces and more sense for musical adventure. (DM)

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2014年2月21日 (金)

ストレンジ・デイズ 4月号


 とあるお客さんから「雑誌『ストレンジ・デイズ  4月号』(最新号)に清野拓巳さんの事が載っていましたよ!小島 智さんの連載コラム『FROM THE BACKSIDE OF MY RECORDS RACK #36』(104,105ページ)で「まったくの自然体で自己を表現―清野拓巳」というタイトルで2ページに渡って、清野さんのCD紹介も含めすごく詳しく熱く書かれています。立ち読みで終わらせようとしたのですが、うれしくて雑誌を買ってしまいました。(笑)」という、そのこと自体がとても嬉しいメールをいただき、早速僕も本屋さんで購入して読んでみました。


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2013年1月17日 (木)

Old Red Chair On The Porch - Vital Weekly 865


Seino is a regular guest in the columns of Vital Weekly. Many of his CDs have been reviewed here. Often live recordings, like this new one. Seino (electric & acoustic guitars) is accompanied by Yasutaka Yorozu (bass) and Larry Marshall (drums). Marshall is an American drummer and composer who lives and works from time to time in Japan. Yorozu is a acoustic bass player from Kyoto moving within very different musical territories. Seino graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1996 and works mainly in Japan. Most of the time in small combinations if not solo, like the trio Haki Hachiya (vocals) and Paed Conca (clarinet) with whom he played in 2012 in Switzerland. ‘Old Red Chair on the Porch’ features seven compositions by Seino. Most of them of a laid back jazzy kind. However in the closing piece he gets lose, with a long and burning solo. Most of the time however we move along  pleasantly meandering music that is however always directed towards a clear goal. Seino proves himself again a virtuosic and sensitive player. His playing is colorful and disciplined, with a clear and distinct sound. He is in good company with Marshall Yorozu, although the playing style of the drummer is not always the one I wish in combination with Seino. (DM)

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