Akira Sakata | Chikamorachi | Masahiko Satch – “Proton Pump” (Family Vineyard, 2018)


“Proton Pump” was released on February 2, 2018 by “Family Vineyard Records”. Album was recorded by avant-garde jazz legend saxophonist Akira Sakata and “Chikamorachi” – it’s drummer Chris Corsano, acoustic bass player Darin Gray and pianist, composer Masashiko Satoh. The improvisations by these four musicians always have interesting and vibrant sound. Sudden and unpredictable stylistic waves, turns of the moods, pleasant surprises, fascinating and vibrant blow outs, wild fast and virtuosic riffs – all these elements form the main part of  these improvisations. The musicians have original and specific playing manner, which is formed and synthesized by free jazz improvisations and bebop, hard-bop and post-bop styles. The musicians always try out new and experimental ways of playing, twist together different moods, characters and contrasting episodes. Their improvisations always have original, sharp, vibrant, aggressive and innovative sound.

The compositions of this album are based on avant-garde jazz elements. The main and one of the most important element, which form aggressive, sharp and extremely loud and expressive sound, is saxophonist Akira Sakata improvising. His improvisations are formed of huge range of musical expressions, dynamics, playing techniques and other musical language elements – these elements make an effort to original, bright and energetic sound of all improvisations. Extremely loud and powerful blow outs, sharp, aggressive, expressive and passionate sound, innovative ways of playing, fascinating and glamorous riffs – all these elements form the most important part of this album improvisations. Saxophonist marvelously combines together wild fast and furious solos, energetic, active and very rapid passages, spontaneous and free improvisations, fascinating musical experiments and creates sharp, rigorous, aggressive, intensive and vibrant sound. That makes an effort to whole album sound. Masashiko Satoh piano improvisations are especially expressive and passionate. Musician masterfully combines together contrasting solos – wild fast, loud, rigorous and spontaneous improvisations are twisted together with calm, lyric and slow pieces. The piano improvisations form the harmonic basic – sharp, aggressive, loud and repetitive dissonances are combined together with consonances which contain small part of these improvisations. The playing manner of this pianist can be placed somewhere between hardcore bebop, swing and avant-garde jazz. He masterfully and colorfully combines together all these different music styles into one place. Darin Gray acoustic bass improvisations have vibrant and effective sound. Improviser try out many different playing techniques, create specific, intensive, loud and powerful sound. Chris Corsano drums section is extremely loud, energetic, deep, vibrant and powerful. He organically and effectively switch between hardcore beat to romantic and static swing, when – to the turbulent, free and vibrant collective improvisations. All kinds and types of rhythms, drum playing techniques, special effects and many other elements are combined together in one place. The collective improvisations have the most effective, turbulent, powerful and vibrant sound. Shrieky, loud, turbulent and powerful solos by each musician, inventive musical decisions, fascinating musical experiments make an effort to marvelous and outstanding sound of whole album.

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