Avant-garde bebop seems to be the most fitting way to describe this release featuring saxophonist Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi (drummer Chris Corsano and bassist Darrin Grey) along with pianist Masahiko Satoh. No less than Jim O’Rourke gushes over the the musicianship of this improvisers, but this isn’t a racket-filled noise blast. The musicianship is astounding, free, and engaging, something a lot of improvisers can’t seem to make happen unless they’re truly something special. It seems that Sakata has been making music since the 1960s, so I have a bit of exploring to do on his previous work.
Did you expect that I’d pass up an opportunity to mix my two favorite things? Thanks to the Super Groovers for this relaxed cut. A Merry Christmas and much noise to all!
A wonderful fusion of world music and jazz from a young Turkish-Swedish composer, İlhan Erşahin.