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An ECM debut from Masabumi Kikuchi and a last session from the great Paul Motian. Motian and Kikuchi were friends for many years and Paul understood the idiosyncrasies and the wayward charm of the Japanese pianist's highly personal style perhaps better than anyone. The trio - completed by Zen bassist Thomas Morgan - makes new art out of the interactive free rubato ballad. A strangely beautiful album that will surely garner much critical attention.

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Masabumi has become totally original ... He just keeps getting better and better -- Ethan Iverson, Do The Math
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 20, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM Records
  • ASIN: B0077KUDH6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Campbell on March 31, 2012
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I've been a huge fan of Poo for sometime now so my review may be slightly bias. This album, his first on ECM is another extension of the free player that Kikuchi has become over the years. Motian is great as always, and Thomas Morgan brings a steady creative bass to the table. If you are one who does not like piano players who "voice" be warned that Kikuchi does this. It is noticeably quieter on this than his W&W dates, but it is there. I personally have no problems with his voicing, as I find it add to his unique and individual sound, but there are those that dislike it. All in all this is a superb disc that I have found I will discover some new, beautiful nuance every time I listen to it. Highly recommended!
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Mr. Kikuchi possesses a unique and essential voice on the piano, and is perfectly suited to Manfred's label. Cheers to Mr. Morgan who fits right in there. But the reason to listen closely to this recording is the recently deceased drummer, Mr. Motian.

Paul Motian is the finest drummer of the last century. Possibly ever. Yes, you can find somebody who can create more thunder, who can hit the drums faster and louder, more bombastically. The joke has always been that drummers are people who hang out with musicians. Less so than any other drummer was Paul Motian the punch line. He was far and away the most musical drummer ever. The attention he paid to the sound of his instrument probably seemed unnecessary to most players. But listen here to his musicality. You can hear the melody over his playing, even when he's playing solo. His brushes not only pull sounds from the skins and cymbals, they are paintbrushes for the sounds he accompanied. It's as if Paul Motian had been sent to earth to infect us all with synesthesia. I am quite sure a benevolent god saw to it that that was indeed the case. Moreover, as a composer, Paul stated things as simply as possible. He didn't try to drown a song in ideas, but rather stated his themes simply and got out. Modern players looking for material would be wise to delve into Mr. Motian's catalog of compositions.

Fortunately, for us, that's precisely what Mr. Kikuchi did on this outing.

Bathe your ears in this rich and colorful music.

10,000 stars for all involved, and a prayer of thanksgiving for the gift of Paul Motian.
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This is one of the latest record of Motian, is real incredible the precision of his touch. This time he play again with Masabumi Kikuchi and Thomas Morgan. Is the last rebirth of Tethered Moon, like the other times is something diferent to the rest of jazz trio. Kibuchi play notes from the inside and Motian and Morgan make the same. Is more near of contemporary music that jazz, but is great. I spend years waiting the records of Motian only for one reason; he always try to find new things, and always get it. "Sunrise" is a CD to hear thousand of times, sure that you always will find something new. Is deep and essential. Is a pleasure for the ears and for the mind, is MUSIC.
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Yes, this is probably a beautiful disc, and it's my fault I didn't pay better attention to the 5 star reviews that mentioned the "voicing" by Mr Kikuchi. This "voicing" I can tolerate while listening to Glenn Gould, and just wish he'd do a little less of while listening to Keith Jarrett, but I am quite distracted by the "growling" that persists here. Sure it's not that dominant but within the quiet beauty of this music it becomes a stage whisper. Most of the Amazon samples of this disc do not include this "voicing" and I feel the interested buyer should consider it before they do any "credit carding".
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Kikuchi and Thomas Morgan were hitherto completely unknown to me. Paul Motian is one of my favorite drummers of all time. Especially his later stuff.

The level of interplay in this album is among the most sophisticated I've ever heard. The slow tempi and glorious ECM sound portrays clearly the musician's use of space, interchangeable roles and inner dialogues. Kikuchi's varying touch, Motian's endless timbres and the trio's cohesive dynamic flow reminds us that ballad playing is an art best reserved for the mature. Kikuchi is truly free with his melodic development, yet never random. I found myself trying to predict his next line only to be surprised with an improved version of my guess stuck within a longer, more complex melody time after time. His music makes perfect sense, only if you listen closely (at 2 am with all the lights out for me).

He vocalizes quite a bit. And I never like that in piano players, but the production in this particular album makes it sound distant and emphasizes the eerie atmosphere of the music instead of taking away from it. I really hope this is the first of many Kikuchi releases on ECM. And yes, it will be impossible to fill in Motian's shoes, but interesting alternatives could be Jack DeJohnette, Jim Black and (perhaps pushing it a bit) Thomas Strønen.
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