Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

7

Otomo Yoshihide & Paal Nilssen-Love: Otomo Yoshihide & Paal Nilssen-Love

Eyal Hareuveni By

Sign in to view read count
The musical bond between Japanese guitarist and sound sculptor Otomo Yoshihide and Norwegian powerhouse drummer Paal Nilssen-Love was solidified through previous successful collaborations. First with Nilssen-Love Scandinavian power trio The Thing's Shinjuku Crawl, (Smalltown Superjazz, 2009), then with Peter Brötzmann's Chicago Tentet Concert for Fukushima Wels 2011 DVD, (PanRec, 2013) and finally with an ad-hoc trio with fellow Norwegian noise master Lasse Marhaug Explosion Course, (PNL, 2013).

The new recording of these expressive musicians was recorded at the Jazzhouse Club in Copenhagen, but, as can be expected, there is no attempt to form an intimate musical atmosphere. It features both musicians in top form, demonstrating their versatile and diverse improvisational strategies and imaginative ideas about sound, pulse and space.

The 34-minute piece begins with a dense wall of aggressive sounds—torrents of metallic guitar lines and muscular, tough drumming, both Yoshihide and Nilssen-Love pushing each other to his limits. But the two do not attach themselves to any specific form. Soon the high-octane attack morphs to patient, spare sonic searches. Yoshihide focuses on investigation of the resonant spectrum of the strummed guitar strings, creates beautiful, nuanced minuscule sound events, while Nilssen-Love answers him with clever employment of the cymbals surfaces. These sonic meditations methodically gain volume and power until its inevitable volcanic catharsis. But, again, Yoshihide and Nillsen- Love's musical vocabularies are too rich to allow both to be immersed in one specific form of interplay. The boundless energy of both is channeled to a rhythmical play, not rooted in any pattern, first led by a drum solo of Nilssen-Love, and then the two return to a tight aggressive interplay, spiced even with distorted funky lines, until the climatic coda.

Brilliant.

Track Listing: 4 May 2013

Personnel: Otomo Yoshihide: guitar; Paal Nilssen-Live: guitar.

Title: Otomo Yoshihide & Paal Nilssen-Love | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Jvtlandt Records


Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Lattice CD/LP/Track Review Lattice
by John Sharpe
Published: December 14, 2017
Read I Think I’m Going To Eat Dessert CD/LP/Track Review I Think I’m Going To Eat Dessert
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 14, 2017
Read Celebrating William Parker at 65 CD/LP/Track Review Celebrating William Parker at 65
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: December 14, 2017
Read Eternal Life CD/LP/Track Review Eternal Life
by Jerome Wilson
Published: December 14, 2017
Read Baby It's Cold Outside CD/LP/Track Review Baby It's Cold Outside
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 13, 2017
Read Wrong Turns And Dead Ends CD/LP/Track Review Wrong Turns And Dead Ends
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 13, 2017
Read "Storyteller" CD/LP/Track Review Storyteller
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: February 5, 2017
Read "Alto Manhattan" CD/LP/Track Review Alto Manhattan
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 18, 2016
Read "The Treasury Shows, Vol. 24" CD/LP/Track Review The Treasury Shows, Vol. 24
by Chris Mosey
Published: November 21, 2017
Read "Qitara" CD/LP/Track Review Qitara
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: November 2, 2017
Read "Alom Mola" CD/LP/Track Review Alom Mola
by John Eyles
Published: May 10, 2017
Read "Schönbrunn" CD/LP/Track Review Schönbrunn
by Tyran Grillo
Published: March 1, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!