ALTERED STATES: Bluffs
The redoubtable Uchihasi Kasuhisa, master drummer Yoshigaki Yasuhiro and bassist Nasuno MIitsurou play up a storm in a form few have the ability - or the chops - to attempt: this is quasi abstract rock improvisation which is constantly listenable and convincing, and never flashy or concerned with technique. They stay focused on the music and the sound. And they think fast. Who else is doing this? Especially when you hear it done this well, it reminds you that music is essentially about the intimacy between players, between an individual musician and his or her instrument, and between performers and the people for whom they perform.