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With two trumpets, drums and piano, Kaze's 2nd release with Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura, and Muzzix members Christian Pruvost and Peter Orins, hits like the album title, but surprises with contrasts from torrential power to beautiful melodic interplay.


Kaze: Tornado (Circum-Libra)
Label: Circum-Libra    
Released in: Japan    

"Tornado, the second release by the international quartet, Kaze, hits the listener like the powerful force of nature that gives the album its name. Trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and pianist Satoko Fujii, two of Japan's foremost improviser-composers, join forces once again with trumpeter Christian Pruvost and drummer Peter Orins from the French improvisers collective, Muzzix, for an album that is "sans any limiting factors," as Jazz Review critic Glenn Astarita described the debut album Rafale.

Right from the explosive opening track, Tamura's "Wao", you can never be sure what's coming next from this exuberantly creative quartet. Tamura and Pruvost alternate touching melodies with startling shrieks and flatulent snorts, subverting expectations at every turn. When Fujii and Orins rush in, the music takes off like a rocket into realms of high energy improvising. Every step of the way, however, the group morphs into duo and trio combinations that keep the music jumping among a kaleidoscopic variety of densities, instrumentation, tempos, and textures. Drummer Orin's "Mecanique" promises to be a mid-tempo romp of interlocking trumpet riffs and shifting piano ostinatos, but it, too, moves unexpected direction, subsiding into lovely long melodies and tender piano lines. Even starker contrasts mark Fujii's title track, as the irrepressible foursome gleefully moves from Balkan dance melodies to abstract trumpet dialoges of growls and moans to pretty hymn-like songs to roaring collective improvisation. Throughout her career, Fujii has established close working relationships with drummers, and the sympathetic interaction between her and Orins is front and center on "Imokidesu". Fujii's "Triangle", like the title track, unleashes musical forces that are awesome and fearful and yet penetrate us with their beauty and power. The trumpeters, with their extended vocabulary of speech-like sounds, sound as if they are talking to each other during an extended duet passage and the track climaxes with an especially passionate group improvisation in which all four musicians inspire each other to greater heights."-Brathwaite & Katz

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Product Information:

UPC: 4562169332027

Label: Circum-Libra
Catalog ID: 202
Squidco Product Code: 17843

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded on October 2nd and 3rd, 2012 by Patrice Kubiak at Studio Ka, Faches Thumesnil, France.


Christian Pruvost-trumpet

Natsuki Tamura-trumpet

Satoko Fuji-piano

Peter Orins-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Wao 7:51

2. Mecanique 5:19

3. Tornado 11:52

4. Imokidesu 6:16

5. Triangle 19:54