Dare Devil Band

Inomusha

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Dare Devil, a translation of the Japanese two-character word Inomusha, was the title of an early-'90s duo CD by drummer Shoji Hano and free improv legend Peter Brötzmann, but the title was misinterpreted from the Japanese. Hano had meant it to be translated as "Boar Warrior." But he liked the misinterpretation enough to use it for this later trio, while the second inspired the title of the first two tracks on its debut album. This is a powerhouse group. Hano, already an extremely physical drummer, is joined by two members of Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.: guitarist Makoto Kawabata and bassist Atsushi Tsuyama. Inomusha presents selections from two concerts recorded in March 2003. It makes for a short set, 39 minutes in all, but it is not short on excitement. The first two-part piece, "Wild Boar" (actually two excerpts from what sounds like the same improvisation), is noisy, unruly, and dominated by a rockified free jazz vibe. The first part is particularly impressive and ranks among the best guitar work Kawabata released in 2003. The second part looses its momentum at one point. The other piece is the 23-minute "Musha." This one takes more of a psychedelic rock stance, with elements of progressive rock and comedy thrown in. It features crunchy riffs, heavy drumming, and some silly singing from Tsuyama, who even delivers a rendition of "Na Na Na Na (Hey Hey, Goodbye)" halfway through, just before the trio launches into a quieter free improv section that escalates to the second highlight of the disc. Short but satisfying.

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