AKI TAKASE / SILKE EBERHARD
Ornette Coleman Anthology

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Two years following the highly successful "Monk's Casino" - a take on complete works of Thelonious Monk done by Alexander von Schlippenbach, his mate, pianist Aki Takase does a spin on Ornette Coleman's works. Along for the ride comes a young German saxophonist Silke Eberhard. For the most part, this is early Coleman stuff. Pieces like "Broadway Blues", "Congeniality", "Change of the Century" and "Focus on Sanity" are mainstays of the set. Spread over lengthy 2 CD programme, the collection quite nicely covers some pieces that have long been forgotten and really need to see light of day once again. If I was to point out the album's strength, it would be the fury with which Eberhard executes the tunes. Takase's determination in keeping her piano notes fresh and vibrant is an ear-opener as well. Some of the better part's of Takase's playing come in the form of prepared piano. "Focus on Sanity" features a heavily dosed-up percussive mish-mash on inside of the piano. The strings gyrate heavily [possibly wooden blocks or metal paraphernalia that was placed directly on the strings] and the piece takes on a distinctly vibrant and chaotic mask. Poignant moments arrive on "Free" where Eberhard plays some nicely pointed bass clarinet lines, while Takase accompanies her. The tension builds in quite rapidly only to fall apart at the very end. The more you dig into the set, the more you'll discover these two women to be completely in sync with each other. Most directly satisfying readings of Coleman's works that I've heard in at least the last couple of decades.

- Tom Sekowski


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