June 11, 2020

Ayuo: Outside Society (2020)

The two earliest Tzadik releases of Ayuo provided me an impression of Ayuo’s very distinctive original and chamber-kind of music in it which will made me remember Ayuo as a musical voice. In some of Ayuo’s other releases, the link towards th...

April 8, 2017

PSI     Osamu Kitajma : Benzaiten (1974 ; re.2017)****'

Osamu Kitajima under influence of Western rock progressions started to record under he name of Justin Heathcliff. After that he changed back to his own name, releasing his debut album, Benzaiten (Island Record...

June 25, 2016

Leo Rec.   Pan-Asian Ensemble : Mujou (RU/JAP,2007)**' 

Some classical Japanese instruments like the koto and the biwa have a strange vulnerable sound quality which often is on the edge of sounding atonal. If used in a composition deliberately this could...

June 25, 2016

Ozella Music    Shunsuke Mizuno : Slow Time (JAP,2004)****

This is an unusual kind of jazz, firstly in its mentality, led by 5-string wood double bass player Shunsuke Mizuno. I've never had such a meditative feeling with jazz and fusion as I do here, espe...

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