This is a difficult record to find, out of print but worth looking for. The opening track, "Summer Night (With Crickets)" lays down an irresistibly funky groove -- not in the fusion sense of the word, but in the acoustic sense. Tsuchitori brings an almost Asian rhythmic influence to the setting, though this is strictly jazz. At 13 minutes, there is plenty of elbow room for everyone to stretch out in, and they do take advantage of that fact. The proceedings have an organic, woody feel to them, as if they are playing deep within forest. After the first track, things grow somewhat denser, and more complex. The closing "Winter Rains" brings everythng back down to earth. This particular group did not stay together long, which is a shame. There is the feeling that they are just beginning to become family.
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