Thursday, September 29, 2011

Masahiko Sato Samadhi

All right, so it's been a long while………and it's time for another post.  This one is from Masahiko Sato and he is joined by Gary Peacock and Motohiko Hino for one inventive trio outing.  This session was recorded approx 9 months after the Paysages session with Sadao Watanabe and one of his last recording sessions in Japan during that period.
The first track, the acoustic Samadhi has clusters of thoughtful lyricism, and wanders around a bit at a little at over 18 minutes long.  It is somewhat airy, spacious and strains imagination through time like fine powder through a sieve.  Sato’s clusters of sound trade off out quite nicely with the others throughout the duration of the track.  Peacock even plays a little arco in the middle there which makes you wish he did that more often.  But, the electrified Fairy Rings is to my ears the stand out and the one I come back to over and over again.  Maybe it’s the Rhodes, and the fact that it uses less space than the opener with that liquid reverb. And it feels like an evolution from the former track, as memorable melodies stretch out to some beautiful harmonic stuff.  And finally Fall Out is more solid, and has mass with density in rhythm, repeated melodies and choruses.  There seems to be all states of matter here when all is considered, and I wonder if that was what was intended?  Dunno. 
What I do know is that it’s pretty inspiring, and has been in my ears for a while.  I think it will remain in yours because it’s good stuff……so enjoy.

Masahiko Sato (piano, synth)
Gary Peacock (b)
Motohiko Hino (d)
March 1972