YUJI MUTO & MIEKO SAKAI

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The Japanese duo Yuji MUTO & Mieko SAKAI’s debut live creation ”Reflection” has been recorded as an improvisational gig at Jazz Club Intelsat upon February 3, 2019. Yuji MUTO, already renowned as the leader / guitarist / producer of "NEXT ORDER", has joined various rock, metal, or jazz projects like "SHIBUSASHIRAZU", "ALEVAS","RYORCHESTRA", or some freely improvised units around Nagoya. The drummer Mieko SAKAI, who played piano in her adolescent days, has attended lots of jazz combos, especially free improvisational projects or been active as a solo artist. The debut album “Reflection” was released upon July, 27, 2019, via Bomba Records (Japan).

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YUJI MUTO & MIEKO SAKAI Reflection

EP · 2019 · Jazz Related Improv/Composition
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You cannot avoid Yuji's phantasmagoric guitar expression and Mieko's drumming in a full-minded manner. This newest call titled "Reflection" created by a super duo Yuji and Mieko was performed and recorded upon stage via an improvised gig. Quite amazing to know the reason the two brilliant artists can get perfectly harmonized and crystallized under such an improvisational situation, and you can realize each player should completely understand the other one, simultaneously tense atmosphere at a gig, in collaboration with the enthusiastic audience.

The first titled track is kinda great touch. Slow, gentle guitar stream in the beginning gives you massive expectation. Percussive, dramatic, and sometimes assertive drumming drives you crazy. Their synchronized battle of play sounds like a dragon flying up to the heaven. Through the second "Desert Yellow" you can hear sorta tough circumstance upon a desert along Yuji's crazy heavy guitar explosions, and something shining via Mieko's strict but heartwarming drumming and percussion play. Colourful sound diversity can be noticed, according to Yuji's guitar sounds inspired by rock, jazz, metal, and so on.

The last and the longest one "The Beginning" can be recognized as one of the most primitive improvisational chasing for the duo. Here is definite flexibility-flooded sound appearance. Speedy, fire-flamed musical crosstalks, dramatic phases like a moonshine, deep, heavy interactive performances will remind you of Eiliff's "Close Encounters With Their Third One". Musically "alternative" should be here for them, let me say. But at the same time simply enjoyable. It's a pity I could not attend their fantastic gig ... wish I could have peered and contemplated their super-artistic play.

And let me say too ... the sleeve is quite fantastic too!

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