JOELLE LEANDRE / KAZUE SAWAI
Organic – Mineral

[In Situ, www.orkhestra.fr]

The 1999 duo performance by bassist Joelle Leandre and koto player Kazue Sawai stands out in my mind as one of those defining moments in raw free improvisation. Recorded live in Bremen, the concert features music that is flawlessly enticing and equally challenging. Having played in so many duo partnerships, it was only natural for Leandre to want to branch out and play alongside an instrument she's not recorded with. Though under-documented, Sawai is still a vital player in the game, having recorded a couple of exceptional albums for OO Discs and Victo. As much as I'd like to shower both musicians with praise, the one thing that you'll notice right away, is neither of the two cut any corners to make themselves sound more like her partner. In fact, Leandre persists in her wild picking and pizzicato swing, while Sawai is gracious enough to give the listener a wild ride through the world of koto. Considering Sawai is playing the bass koto, there are passages where you'd be excused for not telling the two women apart. When she starts to hit the high end of the spectrum, of course the koto sound comes clearly through. The more you move inside the programme, the more intense the duo's improvisation becomes. Near the end of the concert, it appears they've worked out a clearly coherent duo language that makes all the sense in the world. The pops and clicks of the strings are pure magic. Thrilling and highly rewarding recording.

- Tom Sekowski


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