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Performing at Astor Place in the East Village, NYC every Sunday for 3 years prior to this recording created the unique sound and tight interactions of these remarkable recordings.

Tsahar, Assif / Nakatani, Tatsuya
Come Sunday

Tsahar, Assif / Nakatani, Tatsuya: Come Sunday (Hopscotch Records)
Label: Hopscotch Records    
Released in: USA    

"Come Sunday is music that on its most immediate, most obvious level is meant to conjure an ostensibly non-musical vignette in the mind's eye. Think of Clifford Brown & Max Roach's "Parisian Thoroughfare" or Beethoven's sixth "Pastorale" symphony. Within its 52-minute running time, Come Sunday contains several such items. The sound of waking from a mid-afternoon nap to the sound of gentle rain. The sound of sitting in rush hour traffic. Of watching one of life's comedies play itself out through a greasy diner window. Of hearing one side of a frantic phone conversation. From start to finish, Come Sunday is free, loose, broadly expressive, impressionistic.

And yet, for all its moments of discord, not one threatens the organic, almost telepathic dialogue between these two musicians. Tsahar and Nakatani maintain an impressive unity that is rarely possible among larger incarnations like trios, quartets and philharmonic orchestras. As if to demonstrate the power of the jazz duo (their own in particular), they have given us the title track, a Duke Ellington chart originally composed for a much larger ensemble, in addition to their ten original compositions.

Not everything on Come Sunday is sheer bliss. "West 4th" overlooks the fact that Coltrane, whose influence haunts Tsahar's playing on this disc, never abandoned a solid melodic line altogether to chase after rapture. "Street Cleaning" is a bit too much like performance art. It's also tempting to wonder where "Circling the Cube" is headed, and why. But you can be sure that wherever Tsahar is going, Nakatani is right beside him; and vice versa. I doubt that even Siamese twins share this kind of intimacy."-Eric J. Iannelli, All About Jazz

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Product Information:

Label: Hopscotch Records
Catalog ID: HOP 24
Squidco Product Code: 2409

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2003
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded and mastered at H&H Studios, August 2003 by Tatusya Nakatani.


Assif tsahar-tenor sax and bass clarinet

Tatsuya Nakatani-drums and gongs

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Track Listing:

1. Rap Ace Slot 4:19

2. J Walk 5:22

3. Closed News 4:38

4. Sawing Clouds 7:38

5. Street Cleaning 5:01

6. Come Sunday 3:08

7. West 4th 2:39

8. NY Movement 1:54

9. Low Lov 5:42

10. Circling The Cube 4:38

11. Missed Rehearsal 7:07

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