Both of these quotes, from the liner notes for this cd, seem to
sum up a lot about the sounds on it. Sound that is conjured, second to second, where
anything can happen, and frequently does. Hassay weaves lines and stops to ponder them
simultaneously. Sparks and harmonics both fly from Parkerıs bow and Makihara keeps
popping little bells and bangs in just the right places. It is a great rolling enveloping
unfolding THING, and Iım awfully glad to be along on the ride. It does sound to me
like logic is not the motivation here, as it seems to be with much music. But magic
does abound, in the flowing out of sound, abetted by the attention each player is paying.
To my mind, this is what improvising is all about. No one is taking the center stage
here, but they're all three exploring together, hands on their instruments, hearts in the
spirit. Odd sounds and tonalities are brought out, always carefully, and no one pushes too
hard. Can you tell that I like this disc a lot?
I'd like to single out Toshi
Makihara for a second, if I may, because he is largely unknown and undeservedly so. I have
seen him perform a few times and I'm always amazed and delighted by his playing, his
sounds, his MUSIC. If you get a chance to see him play, please don't miss out. I'm glad
that there is a disc like this to hip folks to his drumming.