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Akira Sakata (坂田明; born 21 February 1945) is a Japanese free jazz saxophonist.
Sakata was born in Kure, Hiroshima. He began studying music seriously at high school, where he played clarinet. He played alto sax in a jazz band when at Hiroshima University. He trained as a marine biologist.
Later life and career
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.
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.
"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."
- Counter Clockwise Trip
- Tenoch Sakana
- 4 O'Clock
- Akira Sakata vs Spherical Sound
- Silent Plankton
- Nano Space Odyssey
- どうでしょう？！(How's That)
- 海La Mer/Harpacticoida
- Scenic Zone/ gazelle
- 108 Desires
- Live at Pit Inn
- A SAKATA/KAIGARABUSHI DJ KRUSH REMIX
- かなしい EXPLOSION
- チョット！(I'm Here!)
- Not Seeing Is a Flower
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