Kaze: Atody Man (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland

Kaze is a free jazz quartet featuring Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, French trumpeter Christian Pruvost and drummer Peter Orins. Given that two of them don’t speak French, and the other two don’t speak Japanese, it is incredible that this collaboration has reached its eighth year. The music is incredibly sparse, and quite fractured in many ways. There are times when it all seems in perfect harmony, others when nothing seems to work and instead of four musicians having a quiet conversation with each other through their instruments, they are arguing and in total dischord. This improvised music really is at the very boundaries of what should be considered as such, as there are times when the musicians involve do seem to be just making some noise while waiting for the next inspiration to burst through. Satoko sees no reason as to why he should play his instrument in just the musical sense, so is happy to strum the strings directly, while the trumpeters sound at times as if they have never before become across the instrument (in my youth I played trumpet, and those sounds are similar to what I used to produce when I was first starting out). Then there are other moments of perfect clarity, and it all comes together in a way that is quite indescribable. This is not for everyone, and I’m not even sure if it’s for me, but I am glad that I have heard it as it definitely has enriched my musical palette. if you are feeling brave.

Rating: 5/10

Track list:
Hypnotique Sympathie // Moving // Méta-Blizzard // Morning Glow // Inspiration 2 // Atody Man


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