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Artist: URABE, MASAYOSHI
Title: Soingyokusaiseyo (All Soldiers, Prepare for Suicide Attack)
Format: LP
Label: Elevage De Poussiere
Country: France
Price: $18.00
"A beat-up light fixture hangs from a weathered ceiling, as the glint of a red light bulb spills along the length of its electric cord. Masayoshi Urabe stands underneath, in a half-penumbra of light. His saxophone is fit into his folded body, as he releases riffs of heavy rock. The atmosphere is thick with cigarette smoke and wisps of smoke that fly off from the movements of his body, heated by two bare light-bulbs nearby. Through moments of intermittent illusion, you can see the bright flash of a drum set deep in the stage, or sense the murmur of sidemen who would stir up such a smoky aura. A theatre of apparitions, of pure hallucinations provoked by ritual, the music reverberated with its double: Masayoshi Urabe has transformed the tiny stage of the Cave 12 in Geneva into a new-york-like heavy metal stadium, his solitary presence swings into action on stage like a horde of savages - a rock-n-roll animal. The audience must have prepared for the show by an endless loop of listening to a vulgarian best of Lou Reed record. This will be the most rock-like of his three shows in April 2001, for which the audience has prepared its ears as delicately as it prepped its hair, in a pre-concert ritual taking hours before the show. In each concert of his series, Urabe invoked the invisible at the foot of the walls where he found himself, and fought against the traces of ghosts who still yet haunt the club spaces - the artist Yayoi Kusama in the room of the Contemporary Regional Art Fund in Dijon, the legendary sets people described - or that we told him about while speeding along the highway between shows, militants of speed or direct action like Yoko Ono, Albert Ayler, Sam Peckinpah. Each night spelled an encounter with a different phantom. Another night, the mythic echo of a concert by Haino Keiji infused the grand wooden room of the Totem de MaxŽville. Masayoshi deployed returning, seductive riffs and their feedback, and attacks with the sword-like edge of his saxophones bell; drawing out an immense space to the point of stamping of a floorboard, he imposed a tentative victory over this incarnated marching band, before the static silence of the last transformation of a ghost rider. I cant believe what I no longer know thats the ghost I want to hold CIRCLE X "Puerto Rican Ghost (After Mars)" 1992 ... evenings to catch the phantom and its echo." - Yves Botz.
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Artist: URABE, MASAYOSHI
Title: Flag of Midsummer
Format: CD
Label: PSF
Country: Japan
Price: $20.00
"Alto saxophone, harmonica, chains, metal, accordion, bells, toy flute -- Masayoshi Urabe. Metal junk, cello, etc. -- Kiyoharu Kuwayama (track 2 only). A new solo album by Masayoshi Urabe is always a cause for rejoicing. This is his first since the frankly frightening Ware Wai Seidei No Kyojyo Zo on PSF in 2003. Urabe rarely plays live now, but this live album catches him in action in a converted saki brewery on the shores of Lake Biwa, near Kyoto. The damp heat of midsummer in this part of Japan seems to have worked its magic on Urabe, and this is an altogether gentler performance than normal. Over one long solo track, he bends his breath and body to the air in his saxophone, his tones blending with the sound of the insects outside the venue. A shorter second track captures him in a rare outing on accordion, toy flute and harmonica together with Kiyoharu Kuwayama. Another radical, effortlessly convincing album from the master of contemporary rock n roll breathing." -PSF

Artist: URABE, MASAYOSHI
Title: Rock N Roll Breathing
Format: VHS
Label: There
Country: Japan
Price: $22.00
"Masayoshi Urabe Solo Harmonica, Chain, Alto, Soprano Sax, Tambourine and Bell performances along with graphic artwork showcase. 1 hour running time. Housed in hard case with insert in Japanese and English - numbered edition of 200." - There.
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Artist: URABE, MASAYOSHI
Title: Urklang
Format: CD
Label: Tiliqua
Country: Belgium
Price: $16.00
"Japanese-born Masayoshi Urabe is a saxophonist who boasts a fearsome sound but, unlike Arthur Doyle, he incorporates long blocks of stony silence into his music. On Urklang - his latest solo disc, which presents two live performances, one on alto, the other on soprano - he painstakingly carves these silences into huge, ominous icebergs. The overall effect is such that even the slightest cry from his horn seems impossibly portentous, especially when he roars through the extremes of the altos upper register." - David Keenan. With beautiful hand assembled miniature gatefold jackets.
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Artist: URABE, MASAYOSHI
Title: A Brute -Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone Solo
Format: LP
Label: Tiny Smile
Country: Japan
Price: $130.00
Incredibly expensive release in a numbered edition of 100 copies by Urabe, who many consider the new Kaoru Abe (though Urabes sound has grown to be more space filled than Abes ever was). The LPs feature one performance from 1987, two from 97 and one from 2000. The three most recent shows took place at Kid Ailack Art Hall (a block away from Modern Music), one of which includes a gnarled spit valve solo or something.. Great stuff. The striking sleeve is similar in construction to the PSF lp from a few years back.
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