Kei Akagi

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Kei Akagi
Born (1953-03-16) March 16, 1953 (age 65)
Japan
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion
Instruments Piano
Associated acts Airto Moreira/Flora Purim, Miles Davis
Website www.aomori-net.ne.jp/~yamagen/kei/top.htm

Kei Akagi (ケイ 赤城/赤城 恵, Akagi Kei, born March 16, 1953)[1] is a Japanese American jazz pianist. In particular, he is known for his work with the Airto Moreira/Flora Purim group and in Miles Davis's band in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

He was born in Japan, but lived in Cleveland, Ohio, for part of his childhood, until he moved back to Japan at the age of 12. He later returned to the United States at 22. He is associated with the Californian jazz scene at present. He is the Chancellor Professor of Music at the University of California, Irvine.

Discography[edit]

As leader/co-leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1983 Symphonic Fusion – The Earth Nippon Columbia Soundtrack
1991 Playroom Rhino Some tracks trio, with Bob Harrison and John Patitucci (bass; separately), Tom Brechtlein (drums); most tracks quartet, with Rick Margitza (tenor sax, soprano sax) added
1991 Sound Circle Paddle Wheel As The Asian American Jazz Trio; with Rufus Reid (bass), Akira Tana (drums)
1994 Mirror Puzzle Audioquest Quartet, with Rick Margitza (tenor sax, soprano sax), Charles Fambrough (bass), Willie Jones III (drums)[2]
1998 New Smiles and Traveled Miles Groove Note Trio, with Darek Oleszkiewicz (bass), Joe LaBarbera (drums)
1999 Viewpoint Video Arts Trio
2001 Palette Video Arts Some tracks trio, with Tomokazu Sugimoto (bass), Tamaya Honda (drums); some tracks trio with Nobuyoshi Ino (bass), Hiroshi Murakami (drums); some tracks quartet, with Kousuke Mine (tenor sax, bass clarinet) added[3]
2002 Grand New Touch Video Arts Duo, with Fumio Karashima (piano)
2003 A Hint of You Video Arts Trio, with Tomokazu Sugimoto (bass), Tamaya Honda (drums)
2004 Modern Ivory Video Arts Trio, with Tomokazu Sugimoto (bass), Tamaya Honda (drums)
2005 Live – Shapes in Sound Video Arts Trio, with Tomokazu Sugimoto (bass), Tamaya Honda (drums); in concert
2007 Liquid Blue Time & Style Trio, with Tomokazu Sugimoto (bass), Tamaya Honda (drums)
2014 Circlepoint Time & Style Trio, with Shunya Wakai (bass), Tamaya Honda (drums)
2016 Contrast & Form Time & Style Trio, with Shunya Wakai (bass), Tamaya Honda (drums)

As sideman[edit]

With Miles Davis

With Frank Gambale

With Al di Meola

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilbert, Mark (2002). "Akagi, Kei". In Barry Kernfeld. The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 21. ISBN 1561592846. 
  2. ^ Valley-Entertainment.com
  3. ^ Pronko, Michael (18 July 2001). "Kei Akagi". The Japan Times. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 

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