Takeuchi Tomoyasu Quartet @ Asagiri Jam – It’s A Beautiful Day! (Oct. 12th, 2014)

Funky morning jam session
Live Report Takeuchi Tomoyasu Quartet @ Asagiri Jam – It’s A Beautiful Day! (Oct. 12th, 2014)

Takeuchi Tomoyasu Quartet

Opening things up on the Moonshine stage Sunday morning was the Tomoyasu Takeuchi Quartet. They are something of a funk/jazz/soul supergroup. The quartet features members from popular groups in Japan; guitarist Tomoyasu Takeuchi from ‘Super Butter Dog’, Takeuchi Kazutake of ‘A Hundred Birds’ on keys, Soil & Pimp Sessions sax man, Motoharu and drummer Satoshi“Tiger” Okano of Mountain Mocha Killimanjaro fame.

Takeuchi Tomoyasu QuartetAlthough the band is called the Tomoyasu Takeuchi quartet, it was Motoharu on sax who stole the show. That said, all the members are super talented, it was a treat to see this band live. It’s not clear how many shows they will play together, but after today I hope its something they continue. All the guys looked to really enjoy themselves up on stage, jamming together and playing off one another. They had more of a funk, bluesy, soul sound to them than the frenzied headliners Soil and pimp from the previous night (in which Motoharu also shined).

It was amazing to see Motoharu blow his sax, giving it everything he had, only some 12 hours after his blazing performance with Soil & Pimp Sessions the night before. He can often be seen huffing oxygen up on stage in order to keep blowing. This morning, the extra oxygen wasn’t needed, but that didn’t mean Haru held anything back either. The whole band was doing solo after solo, jamming, grooving and smiling. The small audience soon grew as people in the distance took notice of the heavy jam session going down. I assume they were playing tunes written by Takeuchi then going off, expanding and improvising.

Takeuchi Tomoyasu QuartetIt may have been cool and cloudy that morning but things were blazing hot on stage. Motoharu on sax would often play to another of the three members and they would have a standoff of sorts, jamming with and against each other in true jazz style. Each member is a seasoned performer in his own right and could easily hold their own when the chance came. Although Haru stood out for me, all four were given plenty of time to solo and get into their own groove. With each tune taking a good ten minutes or so to work through, their forty-five minute set was over too quickly for the crowd’s liking who were two-stepping and getting into dance grooves of their own the whole time. In the more intimate setting of the Moonshine stage, it was great to be so close to the blaze of music burning on stage. Although short, I was left with an appreciation of the skill and passion each member brings to their instrument. I’m not sure when we will be able to see these four play together as a band again, but luckily their individual bands are on the road now, search them out, you wont be disappointed.

Takeuchi Tomoyasu Quartet

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