Strange Sounds IX – Noise Jazz

Written by on April 25, 2017


This week I bring you some noise jazz from some Japanese artists recorded in 2014 in Berlin and released in September 2015 under the label Family Vineyards. I play the first LP of the double Flying Basket. Featuring Akira Sakata (sax) & Jim O’Rourke (guitar) with Chikamorachi (drums) & Merzbow (noise) and with Darin Grey (bass & percussion).

“Flying Basket is a double album of avant jazz, discord and deconstructed rock by five master practitioners. It also marks the debut collaboration by a pair of Japan’s legendary transgressors […] There’s minimalist motifs, hooks and repeating horn/bass/six-string phrases but Flying Basket remains a massive free flowing, hallucinatory zone of propulsion. Sakata howls on horn and throat; O’Rourke bleeds the guitar of melody, leaving only pulsating electricity. The drum/bass truly swing and nail it down like Ali/Garrison. Merzbow’s analogue sound mass cuts textured furrows headlong into these four, leaving behind harmonic shifts and caterwauling in the wake. No clichés. They kick out the jams.” (



I hope you enjoy the noise! Will be back with the second LP from this Album soon!






  • Flying Basket, part 1
    Akira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke with Chikamorachi & Merzbow
    Flying Basket
  • Flying Basket, part 2
    Akira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke with Chikamorachi & Merzbow
    Flying Basket

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