Friday, October 21, 2011
An intriguing document by three Eccentric masters from the golden age where
free improvised sounds modelled on SME, were spreading World wide and becoming some sort of Lingua franca amongst adventurous souls,and disciples spreading the Gospel of Micro-Free non-conformity..
Nice Chewy listen ,even if perhaps it isnt the best work by these guys ,Henry was in the process of developing his own trademark almost orchestral,uniquely processed sound (evidenced to a degree on side b) , and fully realised on later records like the criminally out of print Aloha ,& Outside Pleasure...(here ,particularly on side one , he sounds largely in thrall to his great love of D.Bailey,and what guitarist playing free music isnt at some point?)
Kondo as usual sticks out whatever the context.. one of the most utterly distinctive brass voices of the Era or any Era ,a special PRESENCE,in whos phrasing and unique sense of time one can hear echoes of the outrageously Expressive, chimeric Miles Davis on such mid 70's masterpieces ,On the Corner, Agartha,& Panagea,
and of course Ictus boss, Centazzo is also quite a riveting ,magnetic presence as always.
a language taking shape .... nothing codified or formalised, enjoy!!
Line-up / Musicians
Electric Guitar [Gibson 355 Guitar, Acoustic 115 Amp.]- Henry Kaiser
Percussion [Premier Drum Set, Cheap Electronics, Ufip Cymbals & Gongs, Etc.], - Andrea Centazzo (tracks: B1 to B5)
Trumpet, Horn [Eb Alto] - Toshinori Kondo (tracks: A1 to A7)
LP: Metalanguage ML 102 (US)
ps ... ive given this a light de crackle and click , the record is in a condition thats just this side of poor, servicable until the real thing in the form of a proper cd reissue comes along ... i guess, dont hold y'r breath!