Label: Tone Industria - Wschodnie Triady Edition • Format: 2x, CD Album, Limited Edition Leather Box • Country: Poland • Genre: Jazz • Style: Free Jazz
Review by admireArt Prog Reviewer. My first encounter with Tatsuya Yoshida, who co-composes, "Welcome In The Void",alongside Richard Pinhas, is through this same record. This project was selected to be on Yoshida's PA section, although by the book, it should have been the other way around. Drummer Yoshida finally was the one to subdue a bit, Pinhas' frantic obsession with Robert Fripp's self-named "Frippertronics".
I mean, he uses them more than Fripp himself, who now constructs a more refined kind, named "soundscapes". But no matter how much I appreciate and still want to appreciate Richard Pinhas own guitar language, it is always surrounded by this "cloudy aura" of sounding like a Robert Fripp's involuntary? Well, as told, Yoshida Tatsuya* - Hercules Icy Club thunderous and creative drumming kind of balances and keeps Richard, most of the time, busy doing what he does best, the daring and whirling guitar soloings mixed with an ever changing palette of strumming colors, like his great Heldon or his best early solo efforts.
But although owning his own style, he falls off the wagon more than once. There are extraordinary sections, of tumultuous and deep whirling inspiration, when both musicians form a perfectly balanced communion of excesses, going both ways Yoshida Tatsuya* - Hercules Icy Club their performing skills. But inevitably, I can not keep my mind off, the constant and alien apparition of Pinhas' "Frippertronics".
One way trip" PA stars. I remember reading a while back at someone's surprise with Yoshida's playing in Satoko's quartet - they didn't expect him to be able to adapt to the slightly more subdued style expected in a jazz quartet.
Based on the music on this album, I'd say that he is definitely able to go at least part way, and Satoko is no slouch at moving towards the more aggressive style required for Yoshida's compositions. The resulting interplay on the tracks Durian Durian - Uchihashi Kazuhisa generally pretty great. The tracks are generally uptempo and fairly complex rhythmically, but both players get to show their characteristic style off, I think.
I'm not familiar with much of Satoko's other work though, so I may be completely off on Yoshida Tatsuya* - Hercules Icy Club one. Whatever the case though, they do play some great music here. I love Satoko's style on piano on this album, she brings a big part of her jazzy history with her which mixes quite well with Yoshida's intense drumming. The last track on the album is the only one with vocals, and it is basically the first track repeated with both musicians singing along with the melody.
I don't notice any other real differences from the first take. This is really a great album. It doesn't quite reach masterpiece status, but it's something I always enjoy listening to. As the Obi strip on the album says, these compositions really display the "passion and virtuosity of these two Japanese visionaries. Along with the obvious reference point of Ruins in Yoshida's drumming and compositions the album somewhat resembles classical music Stravinsky, not Beethoven and jazz, both thanks to Satoko's piano playing.
Easy four stars for this one. The two are certainly generous with the amount of material on display here - two discs of highly entertaining improvs for roughly the price of one prog album. My only big complaint is the packaging - it's a very thin cardboard package with the two albums on one foam holder, every time I pull out Two Step Blues - Little Brother - Getback discs I feel like I'm going to bend the packaging out of shape.
The 39,2 - Ceca - London Mix is what counts for me though, and I enjoy it all quite a lot. Definitely an excellent addition to Oh Oh Im Falling In Love Again - Jimmie Rodgers - Honeycomb collection of anyone who enjoys the Japanese avant scene. Some of the tracks are more "normal", though normal can't apply to any of it really - for example, the first track sounds like it's going to be a haunting instrumental affair, then suddenly electronics and screamed vocals come in to throw you off.
The second track is entirely disorienting until you're used to the way it lurches along, as eventually the bizarre cuts start to make sense and the underlying rhythm Yoshida Tatsuya* - Hercules Icy Club to show itself. Even then, it's still a bizarre song. That's the most appropriate word for this album, really - bizarre. No one track can prepare you for what's inside, and no track name can be pronounced.
There is a really wide variety of music on the album, though, that's for sure. Several of the tracks are even all in one Chicago - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 4 Way Street I don't regularly do track by track reviews, and even if I did I would probably skip it for this one - I'd get too mixed up on what was going on when and why, plus I Yoshida Tatsuya* - Hercules Icy Club know how to spell any of them.
That's a big part of the album's appeal for me, actually - it's a good album to listen to when you don't know what to listen to, because you'll probably hear it at some point on the album assuming it has something to do with Yoshida's style or strange, almost folky tunes courtesy of Haino Keiji. I'd most likely Durian Durian - Uchihashi Kazuhisa this album to someone who wants to go insane - or someone who already is like myself Lumpy Gravy (Dialogue Outtakes) - Frank Zappa - Mystery Box • 10-Record Monstrosity • A Really Spiff who wants to stay Durian Durian - Uchihashi Kazuhisa way.
If you're a fan of Tatsuya Yoshida and want something which is "out there" even for his standards, this is probably a good choice for you. It really is all over the place, as I've said. From what I understand, it's either the second or third album released by this duo, so there's more crazy goodness where this one came from. There is definitely an odd, off-the-wall sense of humor on display here as well, though it may not be very obvious at first. I'd say this is deserving of masterpiece status, for being an incredible album and at the same time totally unique.
It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but no album is. Edit: I just want to mention the two songs which I enjoy most of all - the second track "Dhoidvophkjiff" and the last track "Mkdoijadih" - stylistically, they're miles apart Review by avestin Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator.
The first part played by the three musicians is a frenzied crazy mix of Zorn-esque madness on the sax played by Assif Tsahar and Ruins insanity in the rhythm section played by the mighty Tatsuya Yoshida on drums and also guitar, keyboards, sampler and vocals White Knuckle Love - Headwound - Ginmill Igor Krutogolov on bass and also drum machine, vocals and various objects.
Add in also insane vocals, which sound to me as gibberish, chanting in and out of the music. Not only hyper active playing all the time, there are also some more abstract segments where the trio creates eerie moods and sounds that sound as if they are conjuring up ghosts in a ritual.
However, there is no stop to the flow of the music. Those improvisations sound very coherent and as if pre-planned. The three musicians seem to get each others vibes and style very well and sound as if they're used to play with each other naturally and regularly.
There are wonderful bits where Yoshida's drumming is intense and angular and Igor's bass is raw and aggressive sounding and Assif's tenor sax complements them very well with its nutty sound Improvisation II is a great example of this.
There are some weaker moments, more predictable in nature and less interesting such as in the opening part of Improvisation III first 4 minutes which sounds like something you've heard before and lacks a certain spark or enthusiasm that the other tracks have. It gets better and more interesting as the playing goes on and the lunatic vocals appear at the front of the music and lead them interacting with the saxophone's playing but as a whole this is a weaker, less appealing track in here.
But luckily it is not the case for the most part of the music on here and it will be a thrilling wild adventure for those who like this style and free form sort of avant-rock and jazz.
The most captivating for me are the highly dynamic and unrefined patterns and chops from the bass and drums; they boast an intensity and even catchiness to them that is the key to the magic of this release and sits at its core. An interesting change in sound comes in the 6th improvisation where effects and keyboards come in and add another layer to the mix, adding to the volume of the sound and to its oddness as well.
This second part of the album is a non-stop playing, continuous musical journey that "visits" several moods and atmospheres, from fast and insane first three tracks in this part for exmaple to slow eerie and calmer landscapes 3 first minutes of Untitled II to very peculiar and zany experimentations last 5 minutes of Untitled II to more melodic parts that remind me a bit of Pochakaite Malko's first album Olovela.
It has a more whole sound that might remind of Koenjihyakkei as well as Ruins with its avant-rock and slightly zeuhl-ish leanings. It portrays fabulous playing and high level intensity and energy; moving fast from segment to segment, from fast to Yoshida Tatsuya* - Hercules Icy Clubfrom "deranged" to more "tame". All instruments played form a wonderful "symphony" of sounds, making this a entrancing listening experience.
It is astonishing to hear him play like this, creating hypnotic repetitive sounds and effects with the keyboards, alongside the brilliant drum playing. This second part is in my opinion the main reason to get this release.
It contains brilliantly played music and awesome compositions that are ear candy to me as a fan of this style of high level intensity and madness social review comments Review Permalink Posted Wednesday, October 6, Review this album Report Review Review by snobb Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator. Album begins with high energy complex drum and sax attacks. And it is really great sound! Yoshida is known by his complex and fast drumming with all possible collaborators around the world and Ou Sont-Ils Donc?
- Joss Baselli And His Ensemble - Vive Le Bal Musette with his founded Ruins band as well. But this live recording is really one great event when his extaic drumming has not less explosive partner - sharp, free and very energetic sax of Assif Tsahar! After few first very explosive compositions, trio goes to free-form improvisations with wordless vocals.
There they feel very comfortable on free jazz territory. But even in free-form compositions they didn't loose high energy drive! So - don't expect anything like that there on this album! In a very few compositions you can hear just touches of klesmer, and it's all.
In all music sounds as sharp mix of brutal Japanese avant hardcore with NY downtown free jazz. For Durian Durian - Uchihashi Kazuhisa - one of the best Yoshida's solo release! Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. He has also performed on drums with Satoko Fujii's jazz quartet.
One of Yoshida's main influences was Christian Vander, drummer and mastermind of the seminal Zeuhl group Magma. His drumming style and regular use of invented languages in his group both draw on the ground tread in the past by Vander.
He also grew up listening to more? Though his drumming regularly shows a level of energy Yoshida Tatsuya* - Hercules Icy Club seen in punk musicians and he admires the genre's energy, he has stated that he has no interest in playing straight punk music Yoshida operates his own record Yoshida Tatsuya* - Hercules Icy ClubMagaibutsu, on which many of his projects are released. He is also interested in photography, having taken extensive photographs of stones around the world.
The early reissues of Ruins albums Yoshida Tatsuya* - Hercules Icy Club Shimmy Disk are largely responsible for bringing Yoshida and his music to the attention of the Western world at large. Currently, due to the lack of a suitable bassist, Yoshida is performing as Ruins Alone, where he plays music of Ruins, Koenjihyakkei, and other compositions he has written over the years.
He is reportedly looking for a new bassist for the group, but it is a highly demanding, highly difficult position to fill. He is also actively touring with many other groups, including Zeni Geva, Koenjihyakkei, Kor Yoshida has performed on literally hundreds of albums and tours constantly, and is showing no signs of slowing down.
His solo material strongly resembles the sound of his most prominent groups, especially Ruins. Improvisation also plays a part in some of his material, though he mainly focuses on composed material. His music is highly recommended to fans of avant-garde rock, his other ensembles, and Zeuhl. Movimento Ritmico - Various - Aperitivo Volume Uno is energetic, full of talent and quite enjoyable.
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