SXQ saxquintet


(left to right in picture) :

matsumoto kenichi soprano sax & shakuhachi
fujiwara daisuke tenor sax
yoshida ryuichi baritone sax
kimura masaya tenor & soprano sax
tachibana hideki alto sax


SXQ saxquintet is a saxophone ensemble formed in 2001 by Kenichi Matsumoto, a saxophone player, focusing on the possibility of the sound of the saxophone itself rather than performing style, composed tunes and melodies. The members are outstanding with a great deal of individuality and originality among the young and middle standing jazz players.
In September 20, 2001 SXQ performed first gig at Shinjuku PIT-INN , in April, 2002 SXQ gave concert at Deluxe Azabujuban, Tokyo, in August 2002 SXQ performed in outdoor concert at TOKYO ART JUNGLE.
They released the first CD gin your headh in 2007. In March, they performed in the International showcase gNew Developments in Jazzh at Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM 2007) and there was a great response of those whom concerned not only from Japan but also overseas. In October 2008, they went on a tour in Russia and Lithuania with a grant of Japan Foundation and they were thought very highly at every concert in seven places including two big jazz festivals.


It can be said that the musicianship of SXQ is a contemporary jazz based on a free jazz. It is fun to listen, and intelligent. SXQ is surely one of the best jazz groups that have appeared in Japan in these years. Five members are in the prime of life for musicians to form the backbone of the Japanese Jazz world. And the sound of each member is very characteristic. Kenichi Matsumoto, the leader of SXQ says g fThe saxophone musicf is the only word to describe our origin. It is our starting point, and the original purpose. We have been developing that until today. So that they try to blow the straight acoustic sound of saxophones without the use of microphones an audio amplifiers, except the special big halls. And its ensemble is just beautiful. Their unique concept is the directivity of getting free of the formalization. Matsumoto added another member who plays soprano or tenor saxophone to the normal configuration of soprano, alto, tenor and baritone. He has intentionally created the gdistortionh by composing as if the five members sit at a square table. From that distortion, their intelligent, thrilling, even a bit comical music comes out. It is obvious that SXQ is one of the representatives of Jazz world in Japan today. I think highly of SXQ.
(Teruto Soejima, Jazz Critic)
translated by Rica Dohi
Teruto Soejima passed away in 12 July 2014.




gSXQsaxquintet on TOUR 2008 RUSSIA-LITHUANIAh
March 3, 2009 released by sincerely musicidistribute by BRIDGE INC.j

This is the second CD of SXQ, following the first one gin your head.h It is such a unique work that you can feel the atmosphere of whole tour in Russia/Lithuania in October 2008, totally consisting of music/sounds recorded in the tour, not only at a concert in a hall, but in the field like on the street, in the night train, at the station and the airport. The improvised, acoustic side of the music is the focal point of this time, which is to be the original purpose of SXQ, in contrast to the first work principally with the composed tunes recorded in a hall for a recording studio and keeping the same impression all through the CD. It includes a lot of collective improvised play in which the membersf unique individualities effect a lot. And it makes the contents sound colorful just like the atmospheres of the concert places are varied. All the music and sounds were recorded by Daisuke Fujiwara, a member of SXQ with compact recorder so cold gall-in-oneh system. Making the best use of its mobile power we succeeded in catching accurately a variety of the field of sound and atmosphere in each location. And it is the concept of this CD to reproduce the exact atmosphere of the concert scenes.

Total Time 1:13:29
Recorded by fujiwara daisuke with Sony PCM D-50
Mastered by misumi kazuhiko (STUDIO TON MEISTER)@
sincerely music SINM-003

gin your headh (lippaservice LS-001, 2007)

harunoumi 8'49h
January-February 8'20h
in your head 9'39h
water, dice 3'01h
100 Years Ago, Here Was A Rice Field 3'13h
sometihng fast 4'20h
May 6'04h
haruranman 6'21h
Time to Kill 8'19h

recorded at Ririsu hall ,Yokohama Sep. 11, 2006
recorded by misumi kazuhiko (Studio Ton Meister)
mastering@at Studio Ton Meister Jan.22,2007


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