Motoharu Yoshizawa

Angels Have Passed

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This trio of Japanese free improvisation masters prove with this recording that their was territory untouched in free improvisation post-Cecil Taylor, and that both the American and European avant-garde jazz movements have scarcely produced such a striking music as their Japanese counterparts. While Motoharu Yoshizawa and Haruna Miyaki sprang from a John Coltrane-inspired free-jazz community working with the likes of Keiji Heino and Barre Phillips, Takehisa Kosugi is an established avant-garde classical composer with affiliations to John Cage, and was a member of seminal experimental ensembles Group Ongaku and Taj Mahal Travellers. Being that this gives Angels Have Passed an extraordinary pedigree in experimental music, to expect the angular atonal clusters and abstraction of avant-garde music could be predictable on this improvised session. Surprisingly, the trio create an elating, almost folk-inspired music that is strikingly modern yet rooted in the ancient distinctively Japanese modes that the players retain. While western music and third-stream jazz are certainly predominant voices and inspirations, the trio carves out an entirely new sound in the piano, bass and violin trio. Released on PSF -- a specialist imprint consistently releasing high quality in Japanese experimental music -- this album is a standout release from label.