Saxophonist Junji Hirose met Kazuhisa Uchihashi at Foxhole in Kichijoji in 2014 and 2015, Uchihashi performing only on Hans Reichel's daxophone--wood shapes played in a variety of ways to create unusual sound--as heard on these 10 surprising and wonderfully idiosyncratic recordings.
Hirose, Junji / Kazuhisa Uchihashi
Released in: Japan
German guitarist Hans Reichel, who died in 2011 at the age of62 years old, was the inventor of the daxophone. This unusual instrument uses a variety of types of wood that are cut into various shapes, or "tongues", and are fixed to a dedicated platform so that they can be rubbed or hit to create an amazing variety of sound. These "voices" include animal sounds, the emulation of people speaking, singing, or moaning, percussive sounds, and other inexplicable emanations. Among the few truly qualified daxophone performers is Japanese guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi (Altered States), who was recognized by Reichel himself.
This CD is presents a masterful performance on the daxophone, in concert with saxophonist Junji Hirose, known for Togashi Masahiko's groups and the first Shibusashirazu Orchestra, Fujikawa Yoshiaki Isutashia Orchestra, etc. Together they present an amazing variety of approaches to both instruments while keeping the music surprising, entertaining, and embraceable. It's an unexpected pairing that takes acoustic free improv into elusively peculiar and wonderful territory.
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Recorded at Foxhole, in Kichijoji, Japan on December 12th, 2014 and June 10th, 2015 by Shingo Matsuoka and Kazushia Uchihashi.
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1. Saxophonedaxophone I 4:05
2. Saxophonedaxophone II 6:35
3. Saxophonedaxophone III 6:31
4. Saxophonedaxophone IV 11:50
5. Saxophonedaxophone V 3:38
6. Saxophonedaxophone VI 4:52
7. Saxophonedaxophone VII 4:49
8. Saxophonedaxophone VIII 3:16
9. Saxophonedaxophone Ix 7:03
10. Saxophonedaxophone X 5:58