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Open19:00 /
Ticket on the day:3,300 yen 3,000 yen + tax (one drink included)
Hiroshi Yamazaki (ds), Nobuyoshi Ino (b), Eiichi Hayashi (as)
*We will start accepting reservations at the reception counter of Shinjuku Pit Inn, or by phone (03-3354-2024), or via the ticket reservation form of each performance from AM11:00 on April 1, Friday. (Customers who made reservations will be given reference numbers for priority entrance.)

Shinjuku Pit Inn has been my home for as long as I have been in jazz, and it continues to be an important place that has led the jazz world in Japan without fading away. The early Pit Inn was located behind Kinokuniya bookstore, I believe, and the seating in those days was wooden benches. I still remember how overwhelmed and impressed I was when I saw Elvin there.

Later, New Jazz Hall, a venue for avant-garde performances, was opened on the second floor of the building, where I met Kaoru Abe, who later became the inspiration for the creation of the Kaoru Abe/Hiroshi Yamazaki DUO/JAZZBED. There is also the quartet ‘4SPIRITS' with Raymond McMorrin (Ts), which focused on orthodox 4-beat jazz, which is my starting point. In recent years, I have reunited with Otomo Yoshihide after many decades, and the Pit Inn is such an important place for me to express myself and is a very special live music venue.

TRY ANGLE, which is scheduled to perform next month, is a unit that started in July 2019 with Nobuyoshi Ino, who traveled with me in the Masayuki 'JOJO’ Takayanagi group, a cutting-edge guitarist who worked with me for a long time from the '60s to the '80s. With myself and Mr. Ino at the core, we will add musicians with a variety of expressive abilities to the core, and create sounds centered on a free form to the fullest extent. We have had many performances with various guests with this concept of 'TRY (Trial) ANGLE (Perspectives on capturing music)'.

This is one of the units that I am currently focusing on the most, as it gives me the opportunity to play with musicians that I have never played with before. Eiichi Hayashi, who will be performing with us this time, hit it off with us when he came as a guest for the first time on October 10, 2019, and we have already performed together on many stages since then, so we can call him a semi-regular performer. Still, he takes a different and innovative approach each time, and I am greatly looking forward to next month's performance.

- Hiroshi Yamazaki


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