Genzo Okabe


Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917344226
Catnr: CR 73442
Release date: 05 May 2017
1 CD
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€ 19.95
Challenge Records
Catalogue number
CR 73442
Release date
05 May 2017

"The quartet plays stylistically a rigid form of postbop that has been arranged with great attention to detail."

Jazzism, 15-9-2017

About the album

Disoriental is a musical exploration and expression of the complexity of identity. As an expatriate artist who has been living as a minority in different places for most of his lifetime, Okabe attempts to critically approach the versatility and universality of jazz, a genre that absorbs all kinds of external elements to form its shape anew. Since its birth in the USA with black music at its heart, jazz has been incorporated into music education all over the world. This institutionalization has certainly helped spread musical knowledge and techniques, making many people familiar with jazz and contributing to the development of jazz performances and productions. On the other hand, since a sort of structure and control are an inevitable part of institutionalization, the more systematic the curriculum, the more our thinking process necessarily suffers from standardization. As a result, artists start to de-emphasize musical creativity and only become excited at opportunities to
Eines der eindeutigsten Merkmale von Disoriental sind unterbrochene Akkorde. Gewöhnlich ist ein harmonisches Spannungsverhältnis in westlicher Musik entweder Dur oder Moll, in den Volksmusiktraditionen weltweit aber findet man fünf Klänge, und ihre Universalität hat eine sehr enge Beziehung zu der Vielseitigkeit von Jazz. Ausgehend davon verfolgt Okabe die Möglichkeit einer pentatonischen „Skala“, die es nur in der japanischen Musik gibt, bestehend aus den Stufen 1, b9, 4, 5 und 7, in dem Versuch, diese fünf Klänge auf eine Art zu reproduzieren, die nicht mit der konventionellen heptatonischen Skala des wohltemperierten Systems korrespondiert. Durch diesen Suchprozess nach musikalischer Originalität wird asiatische Identität mit Jazz und westlicher Musik verbunden – es entsteht eine einzigartige, unbekannte, disorientalische Musik.


Born in Tokyo, Genzo moved to Italy at the age of twenty, where he studied classical saxophone at the Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia and jazz saxophone at the Conservatorio di Musica “Santa Cecilia” di Roma. Moving to the Netherlands, he founded the Okabe Family in 2009. In his first album as a leader, Okabe Family (OAP Records, 2013), he demonstrated his insights in composition and arrangements as well as his creativity.
His polished skill of performance was presented both in the Netherlands and through the Band’s first Japan tour.
In 2014 Genzo accomplished his master’s degree in Jazz Saxophone at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague.



The quartet plays stylistically a rigid form of postbop that has been arranged with great attention to detail.
Jazzism, 15-9-2017

The four musicians move technically at a very high level. The alto play of Genzo Okabe is formidable, its reach is enormous and the power of command very convincing, this is really great. This album is an absolute delight.
Rootstime, 08-7-2017

.. It sounds very hypnotic and draws very slowly into the spell, until one has lost in the song. I'm curious about the next record and how it goes on ...
musikansich, 01-7-2017

Genzo Okabe is an alto saxophonist with a refined expression, lyrical play and a nicely balanced quartet.
JazzFlits, 01-5-2017

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