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2016 31 Dez

Quite unknown treasure from 1982

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  1. S. Smith:

    „This (meanwhile sold-out) reissue of a rare Finnish jazz LP from 1982 will inevitably have writers reaching for Nordic imagery, all pine forests and pale winter light.

    Yet Jone Takamäki’s horizons stretch to the East, taking in Indian love songs and Japanese folk. Those Eastern textures and tonalities, combined with Takamäki’s idiosyncratic take on the spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders, give Universal Mind an uncanny quality that steers it away from the tasteful ECM aesthetic or the blissful meanderings of new age music.

    ‚Rupavati‘ is a beautiful opener, oddly reminiscent of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, with Takamäki’s soprano saxophone tentatively breathing life into an icy landscape of shimmering bells and vibraphone. ‚Lalit‘ is eerier still, with bowed bass snaking around slackened tabla rhythms and cold waves of analogue synth. If anything, it’s closer to the weird topographies of Eno’s Ambient 4: On Land than most jazz or improv.

    Most remarkable of all is ‚Bhupala 1‘, its stately deliberate rhythm and lush two-chord vamp anticipating Talk Talk’s Laughing Stock, while a gorgeous tenor lead is offset by twangling thumb pianos and cimbalom, their wavering pitches and telegraph wire tones transporting the piece to a realm of sublime otherness.“

  2. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Robert Wyatt would love the whole record.

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