Less is more with Ultimate… Acoustic, 68 stripped back tracks across 4 CDs. Shakira, Kansas, Leona Lewis, Jeff Buckley, The Byrds, Hurts and many others.
A brilliant set from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – two long, leaping, loping tracks that almost feel like some of McCoy Tyner's best work! Kikuchi plays acoustic piano, and the group's a quartet with Terumasu Hino on trumpet, Koshuke Mine on tenor, Eric Gravatt on drums, and Juni Booth playing some really wonderful bass. Booth's bass leads the tracks with a soulful quality that you don't always hear on Kikuchi's other work – really giving the record a strongly-rooted vibe, while the musicians are still free to really open up and explore. The album's tracks, "East Wind" and "Green Dance", are both excellent examples of the soulful freedoms allowed in the Japanese scene of the 70s – side-long numbers that are different both from contemporary performances on both the US and European scenes of the period.
The Turkish musician Okay Temiz introduces one of his many musical expressions with jazz influenced by world music on this album. OKAY TEMIZ is considered the most important Turkish jazz musician, who worked together with musicians like Don Cherry or Bobo Stenson in the seventies. OKAY TEMIZ settled in Sweden, joined the Turkish-Swedish band SEVDA, which was very popular throughout Scandinavia, and eventually formed his own band ORIENTAL WIND, which will soon be available in two different editions, one "Swedish" and one "Swedish". Turkish ", gave. In retrospect, TEMIZ ventured with this tape first cautious steps on a new ground, which was explored much later in detail: The starting point of this ethno-jazz, which was then not so titled, was jazz; The inclusion of unusual meters (Turkish or generally Arabic) was subordinated to the jazz aspect.