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8/10 ReviewBot3000 25 July 2014

Legendary free jazzer Akira Sakata teams up with regular Gustafsson-collaborators Johan Berthling and Paal Nilssen-Love as his incendiary rhythm section on this fierce display of honk'n'putter virtuosity from three trusted names. With Nilssen-Love at the sticks you know things are going to get clattery, and the drummer is matched step for step by his two lively collaborators, with Sakata's squeaky sax howls and urgently honked shapes stumbling and spiralling over the wash of rhythmic effluent like a panic-afflicted acid casualty on lengthy opener 'Arashi (Storm)'.

Sakata isn't just saxing though, but also clarinetting and providing some unique vocal howls and grunts to proceedings, ranting gutturally through 'Ondo No Huna-Uta (Rower's Song Of Ondo)' like Damo Suzuki possessed with the wildman spirit of Ghedalia Tazartes. I'm particularly enjoying it when they take the intensity down a notch on 'Dora', breaking into a gentle mid-paced jog full of melodic twists and turns that have a bit of Don Cherry about them.


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