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Artist: SAKATA/MANUEL MOTA/GIOVANNI DI DOMENICO/MATHIEU CALLEJA, AKIRA
Title: Jomon
Format: LP
Label: Holidays
Country: Italy
Price: $28.00
"Japanese saxophone transgressor Akira Sakata meets with his long-time collaborator and Fender Rhodes virtuoso Giovanni Di Domenico, Portuguese guitarist Manuel Mota, and drummer Mathieu Calleja for a session recorded at Les Ateliers Claus in Brussels. Named after the Jomon period of the Japanese prehistory -- when Japan was inhabited by a hunter-gatherer culture rich in tools, clay pottery, and jewelry made from bone and stone -- the record features three tracks: "Jomon" (縄文), "Kaen" (火焔), and "Dogu" (土偶). The Dogu (literally: "clay figures") were small humanoid and animal figurines made during the Jomon period for religious purpose: it may have been believed that illnesses could be transferred into the Dogu, which was then destroyed, clearing the illness, or any other misfortune. The record itself is a musical healing ritual invoking a powerful demon with Sakatas throat singing, unleashing then slowly hypnotizing it in the second half of the album, putting it back into its vault before its too late. Beautiful artwork made with Sakatas hand-painted Kanji characters. Edition of 250." - Holidays.

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