Free jazz drummer Shoji Hano and German saxophone giant/leading European free improviser Peter Brötzmann first met in Japan in the early eighties. In 1990 Hano went to Europe for the first time and played with Brötzmann; then he invited Brötzmann to Japan for a duo tour in fall '91. This album is the complete recording of a concert they gave during that tour, at Aku Aku in Tsukuba.
This cd is a stunning example of modern free-jazz at its very best. Recorded in 2007 in Japan, Brotzmann & Hano are perfect partners & really enjoy each others playing. Brotzmann plays the tarogato, the clarinet, the alto & tenor saxophones & Hano sets the pace on the kit with sticks & brushes. "An Essential Dream" is the highlight for this writer, but each track deserves individual attention.
From the opening gong, you know you're in for a treat with Obon. Marking Hiroshima's 25th anniversary, the new disc is the Japanese-American group's first without vocals—save a wordless chant by Shoji Kameda on "Obon Two-Five. Formed by Dan and June Kuramoto (the only Japanese native in the group) in 1979, Hiroshima has successfully blended traditional Japanese sounds with North American pop, soul, R&B, and of course jazz.
Blasdead has been around for nearly 10 years, ever since guitarist Shoji Yasuno formed the band in June 1990 in Yokohama-city. The band’s powerful live performances and high-energy concerts quickly established Blasdead in the local metal scene. After changing vocalists in 1991, the band released its first demo tape in July 1992, which was offered free to the band’s loyal following. The second demo tape was released the following March and sold quite a few copies. But even though the band was growing in popularity, the vocalist, drummer and bassist had all quit the band by March 1994, leaving Yasuno to keep Blasdead alive on his own. …