Guitarist Otomo Yoshihide inaugurates a new label launched by producer Jun Numata, formerly of DIW, with a live solo set (including one studio track) recorded at the famous Shinjuku Pit Inn in Tokyo. Guitar Solo reestablishes his reputation as a potent guitar player while asserting his presence on the jazz scene as a daring and adventurous musician. Yoshihide covers three standards, "Misty," "Mood Indigo," and Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman." In the guitarist's iconoclastic hands, the latter becomes a Japanese folk song as he plucks his instrument with a koto-like quality. Yoshihide's own compositions or improvisations fall into two categories: gently picked ditties and electric sound barrages. Just like his treatment of standards, his contemplative songs shows a lesser-known side of Yoshihide, but one that reinforces the ideas a lot of people have about Japan (peace and Zen). However, his deafening sonic explorations are just as Japanese and follow the path forged by trailblazing guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi, to whom Yoshihide clearly owes a debt. In a nutshell, the guitarist delivers a varied and convincing set that can serve as an excellent introduction to his musical world.
AllMusic Review by Alain Drouot