Sunday, February 14, 2016

Tee & Company - 1978 - Sonnet

Tee & Company 

01. Sonnet
02. Combo ‘77

Kenji Mori — soprano/tenor saxophones
Takao Uematsu — tenor saxophone
Masaru Imada — piano, electric piano
Masayuki Takayanagi — electric guitar
Nobuyoshi Ino — acoustic & electric basses
Hideto Kanai — acoustic & electric basses
Hiroshi Murakami — drums
Yuji Imamura — percussion

The "Tee" here is Takashi Fujii – who doesn't play on the record, but instead arranged with the group – and produced the record with the really deep, complex sound we've come to love on 70s releases from the Three Blind Mice label! The group has a relatively spiritual approach right from the start – almost free, but more soulfully directed overall, and definitely with the sense of poetry you'd expect from the title! Takao Uematso serves up some great tenor sax, and Kenji Mori plays both soprano and tenor – in a group that also features Masaru Imada on electric and acoustic piano, Masayuki Takayanagi on guitar, and Hiroshi Murakomi on drums. Both tracks are long – and titles include "Combo 77" and "Sonnet"