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Stomu Yamash'ta


Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.67 | 16 ratings

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Sean Trane
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2 stars 2.5 stars really!!

This Japanese percussionist/keyboardist started in the early 70's, but first started working in France for avant-garde theatres, then would move on to the UK, where his real solo career would start. Red Buddha is the first document, and it is probably Stomu's least accessible, but nevertheless a stunning achievement as there is mostly just percussion instruments making the two sides of this album. Both tracks make the duration of their respective vinyl face between 15 and 16 minutes.

While the execution of the music is stunning and very impressive, the compositions are anything but easy; with the tracks often nearing "musique concrete" with all of those tuned percussion instruments. The tracks are not improvisations, the music being clearly written and it was for the Red Buddha theatre in Paris. Difficult to describe this type of music, but it's sometimes dissonant, modern classical, percussive and exclusive of those not paying close attention to it.

Interestingly there are many Yamashta albums still waiting for a Cd release, when this album has received its second release (first was on Vanguard), but it still doesn't make it any less accessible for progheads whom might have a chance at finding the album interesting for a few listen, but I doubt they'll ever get much more than the first few in, before losing interest.

Sean Trane | 2/5 |


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