Attila Zoller, Masahiko Sato – A Path Through Haze (1972/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 45:39 minutes | 843 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Another beautiful MPS session from 1971, featuring legendary post bop guitarist Atilla Zoller and Japanese jazz pianist Masahiko Satoh. It’s “a harmonically challenging and at times tonally ambiguous, though relatively straight ahead with lots of delightful free wheeling interplay between Satoh and Zoller”.
Atilla Zoller was touring Japan with fellow guitar greats Kenny Burrell and Jim Hall when he first played with pianist Masahiko Sato. Zoller exclaimed, “From the first sound on we were completely together, as if we had known each other for years.” Besides his fame as a player, Sato is known for his arranging and composing, having worked on the albums of such stars as Nancy Wilson and Art Farmer. Although often labeled “free jazz”, this album is everything but. Meet is a hard-driving up-tempo quartet adventure. On Sazo Zoller and Sato play off each other in an improvised dance for two. The Appalachian folk song Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair is transformed into a pulsating modernistic piece featuring Sato’s trio. Close Up gets personal with Zoller and Sato again exploring in duo. Together Not Alone is exactly what it says, with the two improvising off the changes of the standard Alone Together. The title piece is the quartet’s majestic modal excursion into the light. With masterful improvisations and an integral familiarity that borders on the extrasensory, this is a musical path well worth taking.
01 – Meet
02 – Sazo
03 – Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair
04 – Close Up
05 – Together, Not Alone
06 – A Path Through Haze
Produced by Joachim E. Berendt. Engineered by Eberhard Sengpiel.
Recorded on the occassion of the Berlin Jazz Festival 71 at Teldec Studio Berlin on November 7, 1971.
Attila Zoller – guitar
Masahiko Sato – piano
Yasuo Arakawa – bass
Masahiko Ozu – drums