MICHEL DONEDA / TETSU SAITOH / ALAIN JOULE - M'uoaz
TETSU SAITOH / MICHEL DONEDA - Spring Road 01
[Scissors,
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Japanese bassist Tetsu Saitoh stands out as a new hope from across the ocean. He's the new ray in the sea of bodies that play the same standard fare. These two recordings, released on his own Scissors label, outline the here and now in his present body of work. On "M'uoaz", Tetsu is surrounded by an all-star cast, which includes saxophonist Michel Doneda and percussionist Alain Joule. [Vocalist Antonella Talamonti joins the trio on one track.] The music is rather sparse. Joule implicates the use of his brushes against the cymbals. More often than not, we witness gorgeous duo passages between percussionist Alain Joule and Michel Doneda on the soprano. In fact, Michel Doneda provides some of the ferocious moments on this record. Whether blowing on his soprano or his sopranino, his technique is recognizable articulate blowing that doesn't overpower the rest of the trio, but enhances its colours. Finally, Tetsu Saitoh provides a number of rather solid solos both plucking and bowing on his double bass. These moments are especially enhanced when Michel Doneda takes leave for extended periods of time, which is most apparent during the longer tracks. It is then that we get to hear the dueling between Saitoh's both tender and powerful bass playing and Joule's delicate brush strokes. Overall, "M'uoaz" is a record any serious fan of collective improvisation should seek out.

"Spring Road 01" recorded on a month long trek trough southern France - is a different sort of a record. This is where both men have an equal opportunity to have a long-term, meaningful conversation with each other. Michel Doneda's shronks are once again quite easily recognizable. In moments, he gets into what sounds like some remarkable circular-breathing techniques. The beauty of the record is how these two players mirror one another. Tetsu uses the Korean gong sparsely [along with the harmonium] on a couple of the tracks, which provides for a nice variation on the themes. His bass playing is rather direct but he does get into some wonderful tender moments. What I found most fascinating is how the record reflects the atmosphere of the spring of 2001 in France. One of the tracks was recorded in the suburbs of Blois with children of the projects running around. Another was recorded in the Alps. All of these provide an astonishing background for this duo's improvisational wonder. In all, "Spring Road 01" is an audio equivalent to Jack Kerouac's "On the Road". It takes you to magnificent places you'd never been before.

Tom Sekowski


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+ SIRONE BANG ENSEMBLE - Configuration
+ PRO CELEBRITY GOLF / JAY GLAZE - Three Sinister Syllables; WE ACEDIASTS - Pre Acediasts; KATJA ZAVOLOKA - Plavyna
+ CARLOS GIFFONI / LEE RANALDO / JIM O'ROURKE - North Six; SAKADA - Never Give Up on the Margins of Logic
+ LITTL SHYNING MAN - Hart of the Wud; GRANUFUNK - Granufunk; VARIOUS ARTISTS - Beatwave Japan
>> MICHEL DONEDA / TETSU SAITOH / ALAIN JOULE - M'uoaz; TETSU SAITOH / MICHEL DONEDA - Spring Road 01
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