Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Quintet

Alfred Harth, Kenta Tsugami, Hiroaki Mizutani, Yasuhiro Yoshigaki, Kumiko Takara, Sachiko M, Otomo Yoshihide

Also known as ONJQ

Profile of the performer Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Quintet: [b]Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Quintet[/b] (ONJQ) is one of Otomo's main projects, presenting an essential aspect of his work in the field of jazz music. In 1999 to record [r175466] album, he formed a group with four leading figures in the Japanese jazz world: [a=Naruyoshi Kikuchi] (saxophone), [a=Tsugami Kenta] (saxophone), [a=Hiroaki Mizutani] (double bass) and [a=Yasuhiro Yoshigaki] (drums). Himself, Otomo played electric and acoustic guitar in Quintet, without much use of electronic devices, turntables, etc. In 2001, after recording several tracks on [r=1779662] soundtrack, ONJQ released their first album [i]Flutter[/i] on Tzadik. Since then, Quintet put out five full-length albums, mostly documenting live performances. [r=417990] (2002) and [r=537024] (collaboration with DJ [a=Tatsuya Oe] in 2003) with their ‘trademark’ mixture of jazz and electroacoustic improv are recognized as one of genre-defining records for onkyo scene. Kikuchi left the group in the beginning of 2004, replaced with new members: [a=Alfred Harth] (reed instruments), [a=Kumiko Takara] (vibraphone), and [a=Sachiko M] (sine wave). ONJQ line-up was often extended by [a=Ko Ishikawa] (sho), [a=Taisei Aoki] (trombone), [a=Masahiko Okura] (prepared saxophone & bass clarinet), [a=Taku Unami] (laptop, guitar), [a=Mats Gustafsson] (saxophone), [a=Axel Dörner] (trumpet), [a=Cor Fuhler] (piano, synthesizers) and guest vocalists [a=Mariko Hamada], [a=Phew], [a=Jun Togawa]. ONJQ performed regularly every year since 1999, playing mostly in Japan, also in Europe and China. Since 2004 they started performing with various line-ups, appearing on stage as Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Ensemble, New Jazz Big Band or Quartet. In mid-2005 Quintet was permanently transformed into ~10-piece [b]Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Orchestra[/b], active ever since.

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1 Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Quintet - Flutter Flutter 5 mp3, CD 2001-05-00 Tzadik
2 ONJQ Live 4 mp3, CD 2002-07-00 DIW Records
3 Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Quintet - Tails Out Tails Out 7 mp3, CD 2003-11-00 DIW Records
4 Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Quintet - ONJQ + OE ONJQ + OE 2 mp3, CD 2003 P-Vine Records
5 Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Quintet - Pulser Pulser 6 mp3, CD 2002 Vinylsoyuz
6 Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Quintet - ONJQ - Live In Lisbon ONJQ - Live In Lisbon 4 mp3, CD 2006 Clean Feed
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