Akira Sakata

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Akira Sakata performing in 2018

Akira Sakata (坂田明; born 21 February 1945) is a Japanese free jazz saxophonist.

Early life[edit]

Sakata was born in Kure, Hiroshima.[citation needed] He began studying music seriously at high school, where he played clarinet.[1] He played alto sax in a jazz band when at Hiroshima University.[1] He trained as a marine biologist.

Later life and career[edit]

Sakata joined the Yamashita Yosuke Trio from 1972 till 1979 and toured internationally with them. In 1986, he performed with Last Exit with Bill Laswell. This performance was released as 1987's Noise of Trouble: Last Exit Live in Tokyo. Laswell went on to play bass on and produce Sakata albums such as Mooko, Silent Plankton and Fisherman's.com, the last of which also featured the reclusive Pete Cosey (who had worked with Miles Davis) on guitar.[2]

In 1994, Sakata organized a one-month tour of Uzbekistan, Mongolia and China with the Flying Mijinko Band, consisting of 14 members from Japan, Africa and America. Some of those included were Laswell, Anton Fier and Foday Musa Suso.

He has more recently worked with DJ Krush[3] and Chikamorachi (Darin Gray and Chris Corsano).

Playing style[edit]

"His deep commitment to the music is always evident in his playing, as is his humor. In concert, he will occasionally put down his saxophone and simply make vocal sounds into the microphone, the effect of which is often both humorous and musical."[1]


  • Counter Clockwise Trip
  • Peking
  • Tenoch Sakana
  • Pochi
  • 20人格
  • 死ぬときは別
  • 4 O'Clock
  • Live-dub
  • Dance
  • 下駄はいてこなくっちゃ
  • Trauma
  • DA-DA-DA
  • Tacology
  • Akira Sakata vs Spherical Sound
  • MOOKO(蒙古)
  • Silent Plankton
  • Nano Space Odyssey
  • どうでしょう?!(How's That)
  • 海La Mer/Harpacticoida
  • Scenic Zone/ gazelle 
  • Fisherman's.com
  • 108 Desires
  • Live at Pit Inn
  • 赤とんぼ
  • かなしい EXPLOSION
  • チョット!(I'm Here!)
  • Not Seeing Is a Flower


  1. ^ a b c Moses, Marc (10 March 1989) "Mixed media event weds new jazz and old film". The Japan Times. p. 15.
  2. ^ HIGH NOTES: Akira Sakata: 'Fisherman's.com', by Junju Nishihata; The Japan Times
  3. ^ DJ Krush—Zen Moodism, by Bill Murphy; Remix Magazine

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