barin999 (barin999) wrote,

Ground Zero - Plays Standards, 1997 (RIO/Avant-Prog)

1.El Derecho de Vivir en Paz + Shinoshin 3/4 6:13
2.Ultra Q 5:00
3.Those Were the Days 6:13
4.Folhas Secas 3:46
5.Washington Post March + Japan Dissolution 3:05
6.Akashia no Ame ga Yamu Toki 4:16
7.Bones 2:29
8.Where Is the Police? + The Bath of Surprise 6:16
9.Miagetegoran, Yoru no Hoshi wo 8:10
10.Yume no Hansyu 4:50
11.Die Pappel vom Karlsplatz 4:49
12.A Better Tomorrow + I Say a Little Prayer 10:52

Yoshihide Otomo
- turntables (1-5,7-12),self-made guitar (2,6,12),electric guitar (9),voice (3,5),whistling (8,10),surdo (4),agogo bell (4),bath water (8),toothbrush (8),body (8),tubes (8),euphonium (8),reeds (8),toys (8)
Sachiko Matsubara - sampler (1-3,5,7-12),omnichord (4),voice (5)
Yumiko Tanaka - futozao-shamisen (1,7,8,11),hosozao-shamisen (5,10,12),kokyu (2),koto (9),taisho-koto (3),voice (1,3,5,7,10,12),toys (5)
Masahiro Uemura - kit drums (1-3,5,7,9-12),shaker (4),tambourine (4),gong (12),voice (5)
Yasuhiro Yoshigaki - kit drums (1-3,5,7,9-12),djembe (1),bass drums (2,11),cymbals (2,11),congas (2),pandeiro (4),quica (4,5),caixa (4),gong (5,9,12),goat-hoof jingle (5),tambourines (12),klaxon (12),whistle (12),acme siren (12),vocie (3,5)
Naruyoshi Kikuchi - tenor sax (1-3,5,10,12),soprano sax (4,7-10),baritone sax (4,7,11),voice (5)
Mitsuru Nasuno - electric bass (1-5,7,9-12),voice (5,10)
Kazuhisa Uchihashi - electric guitar and effects (1-6,8-12),acoustic guitar (7),voice (5)

"Other than Null & Void, this is the most fully realized album from Ground Zero, one of many projects master-minded by ambitious gadfly-turntablist Otomo Yoshihide. Although this Japanese band includes two drummers, a sampler-player, and a shamisen (Japanese stringed instrument) player, the real voice is saxophonist Kikuchi Naruyoshi, whose wails and bleats lead most of the songs here. As far as cover albums go, it's obviously not as historic as Ray Charles Modern Sounds in Country and Western, but it's much smarter than Guns N' Roses The Spaghetti Incident?. An impressively diverse brew is served up and reconfigured. Some highlights are Chilean protest singer Victor Jara's 'El Derecho De Vivir En Paz done as a driving waltz, torch-class 'Those Were The Days' done as a maelstrom, jazz pianist Steve Beresford's 'The Bath of Surprise' recorded in audio-verite in an actual bathtub, a lovely sweeping tribute to singer Sakamoto Kyu, a John Philip Sousa march that would make Monty Python proud and a 'Roland Kirk version' of 'I Say A Little Prayer.' All of which bespeaks of Yoshihide's kaleidoscopic vision of Eastern/Western music, especially appealing here as it's presented in a song-based format that grounds the avant excursions."

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