3 September 2007
SLEEPWALKER - THE VOYAGE
Sleepwalker for Village Again(Japan)from 2006.
Two files:Here and Here.
A great set of contemporary jazz from the Japanese Quartet Sleepwalker featuring guest appearances from none other than Pharoah Sanders(The Voyage)Bembe Segue(Into The Sun)and Yukimi Nagano(Afloat).
Here's Dusty Groove's review:
Brilliant brilliant work by Sleep Walker -- a soaring, soulful album of spiritual jazz -- one that we'd rank right up there with our favorites from the era of John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders on Impulse Records! The vibe here is incredible -- jazz played live on tenor, soprano sax, piano, bass, and drums -- spinning out in modal lines that groove tremendously, but not with any tricks or gimmicks that get in the way of genuine jazz expression. Sleep Walker are easily one of the deepest and most talented combos of the current club jazz scene -- and their music never resorts to fake samples or heavy-handed rhythms to move the tunes along -- just glows in the genius of its own bright light, spreading forth in waves of soul and sound that are tremendous from the first note of the album to the last!
Highpoints for me are ball busting latin banger "Kaze",the modal swinger"Lost In Blue"and the epic title track with Pharoah in full effect.Highly Recommended.
Ripped @320 from the Japanese cd issue.