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.

13 December 2009

THE HERBIE HANCOCK TRIO



















Herbie Hancock for Sony Japan from 1977.
Herbie Hancock-Piano;Ron Carter-Bass;Tony Williams-Drums

The big three keep it strictly acoustic for this Japanese only release from CBS Sony. 4 originals from Herb plus a rapid romp through "Milestones"...tough stuff.

The first V.S.O.P. tour triggered a flood of recording activity in July 1977, but only a fraction of it was released in the U.S. This session, recorded in San Francisco just days before the Quintet concerts in Berkeley and San Diego, finds Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams mixing it up sans the horns and the results are more reflective and cerebral than the full Quintet concerts. Hancock is thoroughly in control of the agenda while Williams throws in those meter-fracturing flurries that keep everyone on their toes. There is a startling re-interpretation of "Speak like a Child" which is significantly tougher and busier than the wistful Blue Note version, as well as challenging Hancock originals like "Watcha Waiting For" and "Watch It." This is uncompromising acoustic jazz, commercial anathema in the electronic '70s -and thus, only Japan got to hear it. Richard S. Ginell.

6 December 2009

JAZZ HIP TRIO - PORTRAITS



















Jazz Hip Trio for Riviera France from 1968.
Jean-Bernard Eisinger Piano ; Roger Luccioni Bass ;Daniel Humair Drums.

Piano trios are the theme for my the next few posts and what better way to start than with some beautiful music from France on it's first time out in blogland here at OIR.
10 original compositions which grow and grow on repeated listening - get past the "Sidewinder" influenced dance floor intro tune "Bat Rock" and you're in for a swinging set of subtle trio sounds.Of course it's gotta be......
All Killer No Filler