While remaining steeped in the musical traditions of her native Japan, pianist and composer Aki Takase has distinguished herself as one of the most versatile figures in contemporary jazz, her work running the gamut from conventional structures and harmonies to complete abstraction. Following her emergence in the 1970s, Takase performed with such forward-thinking artists as David Liebman, Lester Bowie, Sheila Jordan, and John Zorn. She has also issued numerous solo albums including 1990's Shimu Shoka, 2001's Le Cahier Dubal, and 2006's Plays Fats Waller. Takase has also collaborated regularly with her husband, pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach, on albums like 2012's New Blues and 2014's So Long, Eric!: Homage to Eric Dolphy. Born in Osaka on January 26, 1948, and raised in Tokyo, she received her first piano lessons at the age of three, ...
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