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2011年7月27日 (水)

Vital weekly - review

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オランダから”Frozen Dust”とNEXT ORDERの新譜”LIVE-INTENSIFIED"のレビューが届きました。

SEINO - FROZEN DUST (CD by Voice Of Silence)

Takumi Seino is a name you find every now and then in the columns of Vital Weekly. This time he released a duo cd with Motohiko Ichino (guitar). Like Seino, Motochiko Ichino is graduated from Berklee College of Music where he studied with Mick Goodrick and others. In 2001 he settled in Tokyo where he works as a teacher, performer and composer. He has two solo CDs out and works as a sideman for many bands.The cd 'Frozen Dust' contains two improvisations. The title piece takes 37 minutes and 'Water's Edge' about  9 minutes. Both pieces were recorded live in december 2009. 'Frozen Dust' is a fine relaxing and pastoral piece. Fine interplay by two very communicative and capable players.  Partly they make use of jazzy timbres, in other parts they abstract from these approaches for  a form of free improvising that is not connected to identifiable idioms.
Also on Next Order we wrote earlier in Vital Weekly. This has Takumi Seino in another context. Next Order is a quartet of two guitarists: Yuji Moto and Seino, with Atsutomo Ishigaki on drums and Hiroshi 'Gori' Matsuda  on drums. Again here everything is recorded live. The cd opens with a speedy and loud hardcore-like piece 'NDE?'. The next piece however 'Bearclaw' is a very relaxed jazzy piece, built around a beautiful motive. Other pieces are a combination of both. This is what Next Order is about since they started in 2002. They combine the raw energy of rock, the virtuosity of jazz, plus free improvisation and funk.  But each piece departs from of these genres, with influences of the other genres popping up. In a track like 'L.C.M.' however they jump abruptly from one to another genre like we know it from bands like Naked City. With their clever use of musical conventions they built convincing musical pieces. Also the way they combine changing dynamics and contrasts is very well done.  Again two convincing and enjoyable works by Seino and his mates. (DM)


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