Sunday, December 20, 2009
Here as promised to Unshaped among others is a rip of Distant voices.. courtesy of Wightdj.. who sent it to me months ago, sorry its taken so long to post.
the rip is from a fairly scuffed copy , but after spending hours cleaning it spectrally over the last few weeks , i think it now sounds fine... if not completely unblemished , its still crackly though the larger "objects" have been removed.
apparently a cd version was released in Japan some 10 years ago ( long since gone) containing extra tracks from the same sessions but without lacy , i'd love to hear those if anyone cares to share the cd..., there are also rumours of a concert by these three , with Masahiko Togashi added on percussion from the same year... another one for the wish list anyone have it?
This will no doubt not be high priority for those who prefer Lacy's more overtly jazz orientated records.... all three tracks are Free improvisations.
i am a fan of Lacy in free mode , and this is a very fine example!
Both.. Kosugi , and Takahashi are composers in their own right and still alive as far as i know.
Kosugi having been a member of the pioneering free improv cum space rock band Taj mahal travellers.
Takahashi is known to me mainly as an interpreter of Claude debussy's piano music as well as the key piano repertoire of Messiaen Xenakis, Barraque, and Boulez.
1/ Distant Voices (TK, SL, YT) 20:39
2/ Flying Off (TK, SL, YT) 10:15
3/ Midsummer Blues (TK, SL, YT) 7:18
Recorded at Nippon Columbia Studio No. 1, Tokyo, June 24, 1975
Steve Lacy: soprano, percussion; Yuji Takahashi: piano, celesta, vibraphone,
percussion; Takehisa Kosugi: violin, flute, voice, percussion.
1976 - Columbia (Japan), YX-7085-N (LP)
appreciation and respect to Wightdj for sharing this!!
All the Taj mahal travellers stuff is i think back in print ....
august 1974, is amazing .. if a little dated perhaps by the pervasive use of echoplex and other effects, very much worth hearing though ... and not dissimilar to what some of the more exploratory Krautrock bands were doing.. without all the Riffing !
i'd also very much recommend Yuji takahashis xenakis disc on denon.. for those with open ears, it too is apparently still in print..
heres the info