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Dazzling Days
Yosuke Yamashita
Dazzling Days
Genres: Jazz, Rock
  •  Track Listings (8) - Disc #1

24bit digitally remastered.


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All Artists: Yosuke Yamashita
Title: Dazzling Days
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Universal
Release Date: 11/3/2003
Album Type: Original recording remastered, Import
Genres: Jazz, Rock
Style: Avant Garde & Free Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1


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24bit digitally remastered.

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An original
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first encountered Yosuke Yamashita on Bennie Wallace's excellent album _Brilliant Corners_ (Denon). The distinctiveness of his approach immediately struck me. Like many highly original styles, Yamashita's takes its bearings from unfashionable or less-explored corners of jazz. He synthesizes the idioms of a number of 1940s and '50s bop pianists: Powell, Monk, Cecil Taylor, Mal Waldron most obviously, but I'd also guess Elmo Hope, Sonny Clark, Herbie Nichols & Andrew Hill too. His touch is quicksilverish & precise, but has some wallop; he's decidedly unafraid to step outside conventional harmony or rhythm. He's capable of handling Monk tunes, old chestnuts like "My Ideal", Ravel's "Bolero", & free jazz, without a hint of strain or pastiche. The closest stylistic kin I can think of is Don Pullen. Enough for generalities & influences: what's on the disc? Yamashita's sidemen are the formidable team of Cecil McBee, bass, and Pheeroan akLaff, drums, with Joe Lovano added on 3 tracks. The music is punchy & funky, hammering asymmetrical timesignatures & unusual harmonic movement into results that are improbably catchy & toe-tapping. Lovano uncorks some of his most unfettered playing on record, comparable to his work with Paul Motian. Yamashita's sustained Ayleresque cadenza on "My Grandfather's Clock", the only non-original in the set, is perfectly stunning. This is a fine disc, providing a good introduction to Yamashita's work."