20 December 2009
MAL WALDRON - TOKYO BOUND
Mal Waldron for RCA Victor Japan from 1970.
Mal Waldron-Piano;Takeshi Inomata-Drums;Yasuo Arakawa-Bass
Tremendous all killer trio date with Waldron joined by a top flight Japanese rhythm section on four original compositions which only saw a release in Japan.Check out the rocking intensity of "Rock One For Jimbo San" and "Japanese Island" which builds from an ominous brooding intro into a marvellous modal waltz."Atomic Energy" blows up with a headlong banging vamp from Waldron's left hand while the right runs all over the keys and then to close "Mount Fujiyama" a more introspective rumination and dissection of the tune's theme.
Inomata's drumming is a revelation throughout the session intricate yet swinging with fantastic use of cymbals.(Don't forget to check out Inomata's Sound of Sounds lp also recorded in 1970 which I posted here during the summer)
Respect to El Goog for introducing me to this great album.I finally picked a copy up from Japan via ebay last month - not cheap but worth every penny.
Very highly recomnmended.