Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mal Waldron - Terumasa Hino - 1972 - Reminicent Suite

Mal Waldron - Terumasa Hino 
Reminicent Suite

01. Reminicent Suite 23:41
Dig It Deep Down Baby
Once More With Feeling
02. Black Forest 18:35

Bass – Isao Suzuki
Drums – Motohiko Hino
Percussion – Uzi Imamura
Piano – Mal Waldron
Tenor Saxophone – Takao Uematsu
Trumpet – Terumasa Hino

Recorded on 14th August, 1972 at Victor Studio, Tokyo, Japan.

Waldron sits in with Terumasa Hino's 72 quintet (taking the piano chair of Mikio Masuda) for this magnificent recording featuring two epic cuts spanning a side a piece with composing credits split between Waldron and Hino.Something of an obscurity even to Waldron fans this has never seen a vinyl or cd reissue even in Japan which is a great pity as its a phenomenal lp.
"Reminicent Suite" is by Waldron and opens with a typical hammered down solo piano theme rapidly picked up by the rest of the quintet which is then comprehensively shredded,mangled and spat out until around 15 minutes when the vamp slides into a beautiful coda creating a more reflective mood for some lyrical work by Hino, Uematsu and Waldron who then bring the track to a close with a brief restatement of the theme.
"Black Forest" is a churning 6/8 styled naningo the soloists darting out from the thickets of percussion with Waldron battering the cyclical motif into submission.Hino and Uematsu drop rip roaring solos followed by Waldron and then its over to Motohiko Hino and Suzuki before back into the theme for conclusion.
Breathtaking stuff