Friday, February 26, 2010

Toshiyuki MIYAMA & His New Herd Masahiko SATO - Yamataifu 1972

Toshiyuki MIYAMA & His New Herd Masahiko SATO - Yamataifu 1972


Toshiyuki Miyama & his New Herd – this avant-garde jazz-rock combo has been around for a long time and released many albums, most of which I know nothing about. For us, their all-time classic is reputedly ‘Yamataifu’.
"Thr greatest cosmic jazz album ever made? Thr pursuit of Krautrock's highest accolades armed only with an acoustic jazz orchestra and a single ring-modulator? The Dawning of Humanity's earliest ages as filtered? YAMATAI-FU is all of these things and more, a spell-binding and iconoclastic work the like of which has never before been encountered. Hot on the heels of the hard-bop drumfuelled kosmiche classic Amalgamation, and once again highly inspired by his collaborations with experimental pianist Wolfgang Dauner, Masahiko Sato next deliveredthis huge three-part score for Toshiyuki Miyama & New Heard Orchestra, in which drummer Masaru Hiromi became the lynchpin for its entire monumental groove. Indeed, it's difficult to image how much weight the drummerwould have lost over the course of this mighty session. Around Togashi's flailingPhilly Joe Jones-meets-Klaus Schultze drum insanity, the composer built a series of highly arranged and ever unfolding brass pieces (sometimes cacophonus/sometimes sweet) that united more cosmic jazz in the style of his own Amalgamation together with elements of fullflight Archie Shepp on the title track of his Yasmina, A Black Woman. Over this bizarre mix, Satoh added his own heavily ring-modulated electric piano, sending out Ur-sparks and shards of sonic light into the heavens with this primitive electronic device, kicking Christian Vander's underachieving butt and creating a proto-Cosmic Jokers work in the process. Side one contained the single epic 'Ichi' (First), while side two was split into 'Ni' (Second) and 'San' (Third). The whole album is a righterous ducking for those who believe the Japanese never get anywhere first"
Bass- Masao Kunisada
Conductor- Toshiyuki Miyama
Drums- Masaru Hiromi
Electric Piano, Composed By, Arranged By- Masahiko Sato
Guitar- Kozaburo Yamamoto
Piano- Yoshinobu Imashiro
Alto Sax- Kazumi Oguro, Shinji Nakayama
Baritone Sax- Miki Matsui
Tenor Sax- Kiyoshi Saito, Shoji Maeda
Trombone- Masamichi Uetaka, Seiichi Tokura, Takeshi Aoki, Teruhiko Kataoka
Trumpet- Bunji Murata, Kenichi Sano, Koji Hadori, Kunio Fujisaki

A. Ichi 18:54 
B. Ni, San 16:49   

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