Kazuhisa Uchihashi

King Pawns

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This is one hot little guitar-duet CD in a snappy yellow package. Anyone who knows improv and freaky guitar will know the German Reichel, one of the first generation to record albums of solo guitar music in which the instrument was treated to the sort of modifications that drove up the power bill at the old Frankenstein castle. In the '70s it was guitars with special pick-ups built into the neck so all the fingertip harmonics would sound as loud as church bells. By the time of this recording in 1998, Reichel was already the acknowledged world master of the daxophone, an instrument he invented and built entirely on his own. What does it sound like? Sometimes it is like a cross between Barbara Streisand on a good day and a dog yelping for its supper. The rest of the time it is pretty hard to describe. A pity with this particular collection is that the Japanese Kazuhisa hadn't already acquired his own daxaphone, which he had Reichel build for him and which he carries around in the cardboard box in which it arrived in the post. Instead, Kazuhisa employs a guitar synthesizer, which can get grainy and washy at times but also allows him to bring in all manner of strange non-guitar-like sounds at will. Both players are super listeners and are into playing in a lot of different styles, including rhythmic jaunts as well as sonic bombast.

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