Natsuki Tamura & Satoko Fujii: Infrared
Chun (Libra Records 102-022)
Recorded: New York, July 2, 2008
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
Cecil Taylor and Lester Bowie on acid? Sort of. Though that description does a disservice to all parties involved, I must point out that this track does contains a large bag of what made those two musicians so special: blistering unison runs, aggressive and percussive piano clusters, and energy-soaked sheets of sound. What sets this apart from a lot of modern "energy music" is the obvious fact that Tamura and Fujii are also engaged in an exercise in very deep listening. Musical thoughts come together as they construct a pulsing wall of sound, then attempt to smash it to bits.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski