The liner notes of The Hugo Masters: An Anthology of Chinese Classical Music contain extensive documentation of the various instruments used in Chinese solo and orchestral music, with descriptions of their history and modifications, as well as an essay to help Western listeners understand the background of Chinese classical music.
Again Rather Interesting presents the result of a collaboration that already proved their skills. This time under the name 'Masters of Psychedelic Ambience', Tetsu Inoue and Atom Heart produced the CD entitled 'Mu'. The Japanese word 'Mu' stands for 'emptyness' but more in a spiritual sense. The music on 'Mu' stands for innovative ambience' that is far away from all kinds of cliches we know so far. 'Mu' contains 27 titles that reach from chilling monochrome tones to weird layered dub grooves de-synchronizing your perception, drifting and spaced out. Some people say 'Mu' refers to 'trip' experiences but 'Rather Interesting' of course denies the connection to any kind of drugs.
This six-CD set, with recordings from 1972 to 1984, includes the albums Conception Vessel, Tribute, Dance, Le Voyage, Psalm and It Should’ve Happened A Long Time Ago. Paul Motian’s innovative drumming with the great trios of Bill Evans and Paul Bley had already assured him of a place in jazz’s history books, but Motian had not considered life as a bandleader until ECM proposed a recording session under his own name. “Conception Vessel” opened floodgates of creativity. Through these recordings we hear not only the evolution of several outstanding Motian ensembles and the birth of the enduring Motian/Frisell/Lovano trio, but also the growth of confidence of a unique jazz composer. In Paul’s music, memories of Turkish and Armenian melodies he had heard as a child were filtered through a love of jazz.