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|Birth name||Masabumi Kikuchi|
|Also known as||Poo Sun|
|Born||19 October 1939|
|Died||6 July 2015 75) (aged|
Manhasset, New York, United States
|Associated acts|| Gil Evans |
|Website|| Official Site (Japanese) |
Masabumi Kikuchi (菊地 雅章, Kikuchi Masabumi, 19 October 1939 – 6 July 2015) was a Japanese jazz pianist and composer known for his eclectic music that ranges from vanguard classical to fusion and digital music. He worked with many diverse musicians, including Lionel Hampton, Sonny Rollins, Woody Herman, Mal Waldron, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Gil Evans, Elvin Jones, Miles Davis, Gary Peacock, Paul Motian, Billy Harper and Hannibal Peterson.
Masabumi Kikuchi was born in Tokyo in 1939, and lived his early life in World War II and post-war Japan. He studied music at the Tokyo Art College High School. After graduating, he joined Lionel Hampton's Japanese touring band. He died from a subdural hematoma on 6 July 2015 at a hospital in Manhasset, New York. At the time of his death, he lived in Manhattan, New York City.
|1969||Matrix||Victor||With Tetsuro Fushimi (trumpet), Hideyuki Kikuchi (alto sax), Akio Nishimura (tenor sax), Hironori Takiya (bass), Takahiro Suzuki (drums) |
as Victor Modern Jazz Sextet
|1970||Re-confirmation||Philips||With Kosuke Mine (alto saxophone), Yoshio Ikeda (bass, electric bass), Hiroshi Murakami (drums), Keiji Kishida (drums)|
|1970||Poo-Sun||Philips||With Kosuke Mine (soprano sax, alto sax), Hideo Ichikawa (electric piano, organ), Yoshio Ikeda (bass), Motohiko Hino (drums), Hiroshi Murakami (drums), Keiji Kishida (percussion)|
|1971||Masabumi Kikuchi In Concert||Philips||With Kosuke Mine (soprano saxophone, percussion), Yoshio Ikeda (bass), Hiroshi Murakami (drums), Keiji Kishida (drums)|
|1972||Masabumi Kikuchi with Gil Evans||Philips||With Gil Evans (conductor, piano), Billy Harper (tenner sax, flute, chime), Marvin Peterson (trumpet, flugel horn), Kohsuke Mine (alto sax, soprano sax), Shigeo Suzuki (alto sax, flute), Kiyoshige Matsubara (French horn), Nao Yamamoto (French horn), Shozo Nakagawa (piccolo flute, alto flute, bass flute), Takashi Asahi (piccolo flute, alto flute, bass flute), Yukio Etoh (piccolo flute, alto flute, bass flute), Kunitoshi Shinohara (trumpet, flugel horn), Takehisa Suzuki (trumpet, flugel horn), Hiroshi Munekiyo (tuba), Kikuzo Tado (tuba), Tadataka Nakazawa (bass tuba), Michiko Takahashi (marimba, vibraphone), Masayuki Takayanagi (electric guitar), Sadanori Nakamure (electric guitar), Yoshio Suzuki (bass), Isao Etoh (electric bass), Masahiko Togashi (drums), Yoshiyuki Nakamura (drums), Kohichi Yamaguchi (timpani), Hideo Miyata (percussion)|
|1974||East Wind||East Wind||With Terumasa Hino (trumpet), Kosuke Mine (tenor sax), Juini Booth (bass), Eric Gravatt (drums)|
|1978||But Not for Me||Flying Disk||With Gary Peacock (bass, percussion), Al Foster (drums, percussion), Badal Roy (tabla), Alyrio Lima (percussion), Azzedin Weston (percussion)|
|1980–81||Susto||CBS/Sony||With Terumasa Hino (cornet), Steve Grossman (soprano sax, tenor sax), Dave Liebman (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute), Richie Morales and Victor "Yahya" Jones (drums), Hassan Jenkins(bass), James Mason, Butch Campbell, Marlon Graves, Barry Finnerty and Billy Paterson (guitar), Alyrio Lima, Aiyb Dieng and Airto Moreira (percussion), Sam Morrison (soprano sax), Ed Walsh (synth programming)|
|1980–81||One-Way Traveller||CBS/Sony||With Terumasa Hino (cornet), Steve Grossman (soprano sax, tenor sax), Richie Morales and Victor "Yahya" Jones (drums), Hassan Jenkins(bass), James Mason, Butch Campbell, Marlon Graves, Gass Farkon, Billy Paterson and Ronald Drayton (guitar), Alyrio Lima, Aiyb Dieng and Airto Moreira (percussion), Sam Morrison (soprano sax)|
|1982-86?||Earth (地, Chi)||Geronimo||"Six Elements (六大, Rokudai)" series. Solo synthesizer.|
|1982-86?||Water (水, Sui)||Geronimo||"Six Elements (六大, Rokudai)" series. Solo synthesizer.|
|1982-86?||Fire (火, Ka)||Geronimo||"Six Elements (六大, Rokudai)" series. Solo synthesizer.|
|1982-86?||Wind (風, Fuu)||Geronimo||"Six Elements (六大, Rokudai)" series. Solo synthesizer.|
|1982-86?||Air (空, Kuu)||Geronimo||"Six Elements (六大, Rokudai)" series. Solo synthesizer.|
|1982-86?||Mind (識, Shiki)||Geronimo||"Six Elements (六大, Rokudai)" series. Solo synthesizer.|
|1986-89||Aurora||transheart, fontec||Solo synthesizer. |
Four variations of track "Aurora" in previous album Water (水, Sui).
|1989||Attached (未練, Miren)||transheart||Solo piano|
|1989–90||Dreamachine||transheart, Pioneer||With Bernie Worrell (synthesizer), Bootsy Collins (space-bass), Bill Laswell (bass), Nicky Skopelitis (guitar), Aiyb Dieng (percussion)|
|1992-93||Feel You||Paddle Wheel||Trio, with James Genus (bass), Victor Jones (drums)|
|1994||After Hours||Verve||Solo piano|
|1994||After Hours 2||PJL||Solo piano|
|1996||Raw Material #1||Alfa||With Toshiyuki Goto, DJ Katsuya and DJ Hiro (mixing), Mike Barry (guitar), Scott Wozniak (keyboard), Aiyb Dieng (percussion), Papa Jube, Veronica White, Bongo Gaston and Jean Baaptiste (vocals), David Dyson (bass), William "Space Man" Paterson (guitar), Darryl Foster (tenor sax)|
|1997-98||Melancholy Gil||Verve||Solo piano|
|2009||Sunrise||ECM||Trio, with Thomas Morgan (bass), Paul Motian (drums)|
|2012||Black Orpheus||ECM||Solo piano; in concert|
|2021||Hanamichi: The Final Studio Recording||Redhook Records||Solo piano; studio recording|
(Ensemble with Al Foster, Anthony Jackson, Dave Liebman, James Mtume, Reggie Lucas, Steve Grossman and Terumasa Hino)
As AAOBB (All Night All right Off White Boogie Band)
(with Conrad Adderley, Victor Jones, Aïyb Dieng, Kosuke Mine, Kelvyn Bell, Tomas Doncker, William "spaceman" Patterson)
As Tethered Moon
(Trio with Paul Motian and Gary Peacock)
As Slash Trio
(Trio with Masaaki Kikuchi and Tatsuya Yoshida)
With Pee Wee Ellis
With Gil Evans
With Joe Henderson
With Terumasa Hino
With Helen Merrill
With Paul Motian
With Mal Waldron
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In the late 1970s, Kikuchi lived in New York City and rented a loft apartment on W. 20th Street. The large apartment, over 1700 square feet, was in a formerly commercial building adapted to artists spaces and mixed studio and apartment space. His space was filled with musical instruments and recording equipment; a creative work space as well as living space. In late 1977, a health spa equipment sales business moved into the floor above Kikuchi's studio. A series of damaging water leaks, noise, and eventually large scale building renovations began. These leaks and activities severely interfered with his work and daily living; Eventually Kikuchi sued his landlord asserting that the combined events and activities breached the covenant of quiet enjoyment of his apartment. Importantly, he also claimed that the construction work effectively excluded his use of a generous swath of the loft apartment, that is he was constructively evicted by the landlord's acts and failure to act (related to the upstairs tenant). Despite the massive disruptions, he continued living in the apartment during the legal dispute. At common law, an essential element of claiming constructive eviction is the tenant's moving out; The logic of the common law rule is rooted in proof: the landlord's actions must be so severe and materially impact the tenant that no one would continue to stay there under the circumstances.
The case was finally decided by the N.Y. Appellate Division in 1988. The Court's ruling in favor of Kikuchi established the notion of partial constructive eviction; that is, a partial exclusion from the quiet use and enjoyment of the property. The rule established in this case entitled a partially constructively evicted tenant to a pro rata rent reduction in proportion to the portion of the property they were unable to use. Importantly, the court held that leaving the premises was not required under this new concept. This rule has not been widely adopted in the United States and is a minority rule. The case, 528 N.Y.S.2d 554 (App. Div. 1988) is featured in contemporary property law case books to illustrate the concept of partial constructive eviction.
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