After the Faces ground to a halt, Yamauchi returned to Japan. He is, to this day, a fixture in the Japanese music scene, actively touring and recording.
Tetsu was born October 21, 1946, in Fukuoka, Japan. By the mid Sixties, Tetsu was in the Japanese folk-rock band, the Mikes. In late 1967 or early 1968, he joined a band that was touring Europe called Samurai. They moved to London for a time, recording the single "Good Morning Starshine" b/w "Temple of Gold" (UA UP2342), and a single released in Italy, "Shu Shu" b/w "Fresh Hot Breeze of Summer". They released an album on the German label, Metronome, and possibly an album in 1969 (Phillips FX-8511). They also recorded the following album:
GREEN TEA (Phillips FX-8517) 1970
As an aside, it appears as though it's the same Graham Smith that has worked with Teresa Brewer, Cat Stevens, Al Stewart, Magna Carta, and Alan Price, among others.
In 1972, Tetsu released the first of two solo albums. Information so far is sketchy (particularly on the second album), but here's what I've found:
Tetsu Yamauchi Tetsu (Columbia Japan, 1972)
Tetsu Yamauchi Kikyo (label and year as yet unknown)
There is evidence to suggest Kikyo is the same album as Tetsu and the Good Times Roll Band, and that there is a second live album by the same line-up. This supposed 'evidence' is nothing more than my inability to properly translate Japanese. Why is it I'm the only person interested in Tetsu, anyway, goddammit?
A partial sessionography follows. It will be updated with information I already have as time permits. Any additions or corrections are welcome.
1973 Free Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu & Rabbit Bass
1973 Hamill, Claire One House Left Standing Bass
1973 Rabbit Broken Arrows Bass
1973 Free Heartbreaker Bass, Percussion
1974 Rabbit Dark Saloon Bass
1974 Vigrass & Osborne Steppin' Out Bass
1975 Faces Coast to Coast/Overture and Beginners Bass
1977 Kossoff, Paul Koss Bass
1992 Stewart, Rod Mercury Anthology Bass
1993 Free Molten Gold: The Anthology Bass, Percussion
1997 Kossoff, Paul Blue Blue Soul Bass
1999 Faces Best of Faces: Good Boys When They're Asleep
Around 1976, Tetsu secured a record deal and released the following album:
Tetsu and the Good Times Roll Band
From 1986 through 1989, he was involved with the band OPE, which included Gotsu and Hano.
Peter Brötzmann Dare Devil (CD DIW, DIW-857) (1992)
Peter Broutzmann: tarogato, bass clarinet, tenor sax
Recorded live at Shinjuku Pit-Inn, Tokyo on October 9, 1991
Includes liner notes in Japanese by Toshihiko Shimizu
Poly Breath Percussion Band P.B.2 Live (PSF 92 (JAPAN)) (July 1997)
Shoji Hano: drums, talking drum
Produced by Shoji Hano and Tetsu Yamauchi
"Recording of the debut gig by the Poly Breath Percussion Band (aka P.B.2) at the Tokyo Pit Inn in April 1997. Dynamic percussionist Shoji Hano has made a name for himself through several self-released albums, and his work with Peter Brotzmann. However the real revelation here is the 75-year old altoist, Keizo Inoue. Despite having played and taught on the Japanese jazz scene for over 50 years (his pupils include Akira Sakata) and having appeared at the Moers Festival, Inoue has remained a marginal figure in the history of free music. This disk reveals him to be a thoughtful and inventive free player on both alto and clarinet. Soundwise, P.B.2 suggest a more rhythmically complex Last Exit, with Tetsu Yamauchi's heavily-effects altered electric bass providing a lot of tonal interest. Inoue knows just when to step back to give the percussionists the space they need to take off into torrents and whirlpools of pulsating rhythmic heat. A rare antidote to the acres of tedium that are usually taken to represent Japanese jazz."
In 1996, Tetsu appeared with Hano on Werner Lüdi's album, Ki, which was released in 1998. The line-up was:
Werner Lüdi: saxophones
"Tetsu, very drunk, lays a frenzied bassline through the typhoon, Hano pounds his drums as if he wants to unleash a seaquake. "
"To simplify it somewhat", Tetsu begins, "in Japan, we have two directions--besides all the plastic crap that exists all over the world. First there is New Wave. Actually a 'high-tech' romanticism, that stands for sexual liberation, natural foods, bucolic tendencies, personal empowerment, cultural pluralism and stylistic experimentation. The New Wave doubts, of course, that the rise in science and technology contributes to the betterment of the human condition. So it's more an '0ld Wave'." Laughter."
|Tetsu's a fairly elusive cat, and prefers to remain that way. What little information there is about him will be compiled here as it becomes available.|