This new release might serve as a paradigm of improvisational inventiveness for bass-piano pairings. Here, pianist/percussionist Masashi Harada teams up with esteemed modern jazz bassist Barre Phillips for a set brimming with subtly melodic, fragmented passages and the twosomes’ compassionate melding of harmonically rich micro themes with propulsive episodes. Furthermore, the musicians’ allow themselves ample amounts of breathing room for a series of geometrically inclined patterns consisting of Harada’s flailing arpeggios and rhythmic approach to the piano atop Phillips’ employment of counterpoint and contrasting textures. Essentially, the artists inject their unique personalities into this most interesting mix via divergently executed motifs and sonorous exchanges. With the piece titled, “Projecting Into The Sea,” Harada terrorizes his piano by implementing monstrous block chords and Cecil Taylor-like jaunts across the keyboard while Phillips maintains a swaying undertow, as the bassist also accentuates Harada’s complex rhythmic excursions. However, on “Hanging Density”, the pianist renders wordless, animalistic sounds in concert with Phillips’ bowed bass lines, whereas the deft expressionism continues on the rather menacing, “Return”. Overall, the duo performs as though they were in a state of euphoria or under some sort of hypnotic spell. - A most intriguing presentation indeed! Recommended.
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.