Boomkat Product Review:
Deep, vibrant ’79 jazz meditations helmed by Japanese drummer Masahiko Togashi and bassist Charlie Haden, lit with Don Cherry’s free spirt on wind and drums.
By this point playing without the use of his legs, due to an accident in ’69, Masahiko Togashi deploys his adapted drum kit in effervescent form synched to sinuous double bass, and Cherry’s modal tonal colours, overseen by Parisian producer Martin Meissonnier.
The session is generously warm with the vibes as they frolic between the breezy ‘June’ and its whisper of ‘Word of Wind’ parts, to gripping, rolling soundscapes of ‘Oasis’ and the richly atmospheric ambience infused with Eastern influence on ‘Rain’ and ’Song of Soil’. No doubt Cherry’s playing is a main feature of this one, but he always brings the best out of whoever he’s playing with.