Thursday, March 22, 2007
This is a cd that i bought years ago and just never took the time to fully listen to. It sat in a pile and eventually got shoved into a box and discarded over time. Until a few days ago, when i re-discovered it while going through some items in my storage closets here. I've tried to find out some more information on this group, but had a difficult time scrounging up anything suitable in English.
The Japanese free jazz ensemble known as Weedbeats (horrendous name, yes, i know...), was/is led by alto sax/melodion player Midori Tomohide; who seems to be a fairly well-known jazz figure within the Japanese improv scene. She was a member of Dub Sonic Trio with Masahiko Okura and also contributed music to the Moondog tribute album "Trees Against The Sky."
This release on Soup Street records (1997) seems to be a live recording at a small club (Shinjuku Pit-Inn, possibly?) and is a nice showcase to the band's spacious and dry semi-cosmic free jazz rattle. The collective tackle a few jazz standards quite well, with Ornette Coleman's "Broken Shadows" and Monk's "Bemsha Swing" being particularly lovely.