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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
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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