Violinist Mat Maneri seems to be turning up everywhere these days. With this release he aligns with percussionist Masashi Harada (the leader), Maneri's onetime New England Conservatory crony. Electric guitarist Philip Tomasic proves to be a vital link amid this rather free-spirited endeavor.
In the liners, Harada alludes to sounds connecting "in the most unexpected manner." With that, the artist cites "transformative technique" as the foundation for improvisation. Tomasic's slide guitar ruminations and ringing harmonics provide a metallic edge to these pieces, while Maneri utilizes the electric baritone violin throughout. But the gist of these frameworks resides within Harada's commandeering sense of rhythm. Abstract themes embed themselves into a series of crosscurrents and curvaceous fragments of sound, largely due to the musicians' assertively enacted exchanges. Harada's background chants and mock operatic vocalise might benefit those who have an acquired taste for this sort of expressionism.
On "A Geo-seismic View of Things," Harada leads the charge with a smattering of drums and percussion instruments atop Maneri's extended notes and Tomasic's resonant guitar lines. With this outing, the trio seemingly explores the infinitesimal corridors of time and space. Recommended.
Track Listing: 1.Multiple Sun 2.Broken Flower and Glass 3.Sonic Freeze 4.Reverse Flow
Sighting 5.Ruthless if Necessary 6.Overtly 7.A Geo-seismic View of
Things 8.Excited equilibrium 9.Breathing Cells 10.Libido of Forest
11.Obliteration at the End of Multiplication
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.