Title:              First Thirst, Live at Cave12

 By:                 Akira Sakata / Nicolas Field

​ Released:       2018

 Format:          CD

 Catalog No:    MW 974-2

 Price :             12 EUR



1. First Thirst 15:35
2. Kaigara-Bushi  8:07
3. Walking the dog gone deaf 15:15
4. Stable stables, towards ten more 7:26


Akira Sakata - alto saxophone, clarinet & voice
Nicolas Field -  drums 

Recorded live at Cave12 in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 19th, 2008.


One of the stalwarts of the Japanese avant-garde scene for the last 50 years, Akira Sakata plays tenor saxophone and clarinet with a passion.  Here he’s paired with English drummer Nicholas Field, a jazz and improvised music percussionist able to keep up with the reedist’s wild flights. Although half Sakata’s age, it’s a great duo, very responsive to one another, with layers of sound and rhythm, and above all intense.  Sakata blows wildly up and down the registers while Field provides a rumbling, shimmering backstop.   While there’s some up-tempo madness, there’s also some variation, with traditional Japanese singing opening and closing one track (2) and a more restrained clarinet feature (3). Recorded live in Geneva in 2008, this is a sonic storm of a duet for liberated ears only.

Carl Pearson, Jazz Director

WFHB Bloomington, IN  USA