Rhino Celebrates The Trio’s 50th Anniversary With A 24-Song Collection Of Rare And Unreleased Live Performances Recorded In Tokyo And Kyoto. By 1967, Peter, Paul and Mary’s inspiring performances and memorable hits had earned Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers fans all over the world, Japan in particular. In January of that year, the group returned to the island-nation for a tour marked by a string of emotionally stirring performances. Tapes were rolling during shows at Tokyo and Kyoto (January 16 and 17), recording music that would later appear on Deluxe: Live in Japan, an LP that was only available in Japan.
Väsen have been around for well over a decade, refining their sound and producing a series of delightful albums, first for their Swedish home market and then finding a global audience. Just how far they reach now is evident from the fact they recorded this live disc in Japan. The humor in their sound is more evident live, but the delightful interplay between nyckelharpa, fiddle, and guitar is apparent throughout, right from the opener, "Björkbergspolskan." The material largely draws from their last two discs, which is fine – those albums were two of the best of their lengthy career.
For his third Criss Cross release, guitarist Peter Bernstein leads an all-star organ combo that also includes tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, trombonist Steve Davis, organist Larry Goldings, and drummer Billy Drummond. Some of the music that the quintet performs is typical for this type of hard bop/soul-jazz group, including a hot minor-toned blues, "Means and Ends," and Percy Mayfield's blues ballad "Danger Zone." However, a few of the other selections (particularly Bernstein's four originals) are more complex and serve as evidence that the music was being performed in 1996, not 1966. The musicians all play up to their capabilities and Goldings shows that he was one of the most inventive organists of the decade.