Sunday, August 23, 2009
Here's another rare Gem from Pierre , who has kindly offered to share this... rarity aside, most importantly this is Great Music..
Anyone not having had the opportunity to discover Toshinori Kondo , or who has only heard the very dissapointing pop jazz and fusion collaborations with Bill Laswell , can be assured that this is the real deal comparable to a great many wonderful independent releases from Europe ,and the States in the 'Golden Era' of the late 70's.
How to describe this varying record is another matter ... ecstatic yes ... thoughtful and replete with moments of sensitive interplay ... as well!
this touches a number of bases .. from familiar tunes such as Monks Brilliant Corners , and Lacy's Bone , both of which are accorded excitingly rag-tag rambunctious performances.... to all out Free improv.
Free music in the late seventies was still in an exploratory phase , and other than the requisite virtues and intensity's a lot of it was imbued with an unselfconscious humour , which to me seems largely lacking or strained in today's scene..
Certainly that element is present here in healthy doses.. it particularly infuses the aforementioned covers..
The meatiest track quite apart from its length for me at any rate is 'concrete voices' an interactive suite of freely developed motifs and variations thereof.
which brings to mind , a flayed mutant version of the nascent 'free jazz' classic 'out of nowhere' by Don Ellis( CANDID 1961)... also, one hears the spirit of Mingus at Antibes, and many touches of Pre Bop idioms, something that American bands, such as AIR and almost every other group of note were exploring at the time.
A beautiful record , undeservedly languishing as a grotesquely over priced 'collectors item' on auction sites.
HERE'S AN ALTERNATE(SOMEWHAT HISTRIONIC,& HYPERBOLIC) REVIEW.. FROM Tiliqua Records in Japan, who were selling this lp for $250.00 US Dollars
"EVOLUTION ENSEMBLE UNITY: “Concrete Voices” (EEU Records/ ALMRecords – EEU-001/ AL-3003) (Record: Near Mint/ Jacket: Near Mint/ 4-pagedBooklet: Near Mint). Hideously scarce Japanese private press free jazzmonster released in 1976 in collaboration with the legendary ALM KojimaRecords. The line-up for this legendary combo consisted out of sax howlingmonster Takagi Mototeru, trumpet and alto horn blower Toshinori Kondo andskin mangler/ bass mugger Mori Yoshida. The A-side of this disc was recordedlive in concert at the live house Kalavinka on November 2nd, 1976, therewere the B-side was conceived live at Space Out on September 24, 1976. AidaAquirax describes in his liner notes the EEU ensemble as the spear headersof the Japanese New Jazz Scene, the successors of the old school free jazzstages. And it makes sense especially when one realizes that a gutter-liketake on jazz academics gets entangled with a fire breathing freeimprovisation blowout, merging high art and low guts splendidly into onewrenching ball of well balanced but fierce improvisational interplay. TheEEU first got together on July 1975 and the sonic voyage they envision onthis – their sole - LP blends the aforementioned aesthetic by combiningoriginal blow outs with original takes on structural compositions by SteveLacey and Thelonius Monk (side a), only to fully blossom and pull open allregisters on the side long “Concrete Voices” track which can be seen as thetotal epic that maps out the wide range of free-fall interplay theperformance horizon of the EEU can accumulate. It merges a reductionistaesthetic to an impressionistic improvisation that follows no predeterminedharmony. Mototeru Takagi again shines through all of this, and for mepersonally he again proofs he was the hottest free jazz saxophone howler ofthe archipelago, the hardest gut-wrenching blower the Far East has everencountered. Toshinori Kondo also shines brightly with uncanny potential andadventurous moves, making this disc one of the unsung cornerstones ofimprovised music in Japan. Only a shame that almost no-one has ever heard ofthis beauty, partly due to its scarcity and extremely small pressednumbers….so time to get your collective headz out of yer asses and face themusic. This is the shit! Price: 250 Dollars"
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