Akira Sakata collaborated with Hijokaidan on two new albums out now on Doubt Music -- Made in Japan and Made in Studio. Volcanic Tongue gushed rightly so about the studio session:
"Incredible studio set that sees legendary Japanese free jazz saxophonist Akira Sakata united with ‘Kings Of Noise’ Hijokaidan: it makes instant sense, the Japanese psych/noise underground developed in direct parallel to its free jazz scene, with countless instances of flux and cross-pollination, especially via vanguard figures like Masayuki Takayanagi, Kaoru Abe, the late bassist Motoharu Yoshizawa, Sabu Toyozumi, Keiji Haino’s Lost Aaraff and, of course, saxophonist Akira Sakata. Sakata has been on a roll of late, historically he has been one of the key Japanese free thinkers, playing with most of the heavyweights to come out of that country’s avant garde scene while reaching out to internationalists like Peter Brotzmann. Hijokaidan’s free-form noise music obviously owes a great deal to the ecstasies of late-60s/70s fire music and this stunning studio dates lets you get your head all the way inside the horn...."