Four accomplished musicians reunite for Needful Things, a live recording of original compositions, bewitching music with a touching beauty.
Starting with a slow build-up of sounds and chant-like effects, the songs develop deeply, breathing traces of folk, pop, and contemporary jazz into melancholy themes. Without drums or percussion, the quartet is able to create a slightly floating feeling, while the players’ steady pulse keeps the time anchored, subtle yet solidly unwavering.
The players evoke a calm confidence together, creating music that grooves with tension and release, mixing solemnity with hopefulness, freedom with structure… a distinctively lovely product from these dedicated musicians.
Ryosuke Hashizume: Needful Things
Ryosuke Hashizume - tenor saxophone, clarinet, effects, voice
Takumi Seino - electric, acoustic guitars
Masako Hamamura - piano
Yasutaka Yorozu - bass
Recorded live at Jalan Jalan in Wakayama, Japan on November 22-23, 2008.
Released in 2009 on Grapes Records GPS-1206.
(Names in Japanese: Ryosuke Hashizume 橋爪亮督 Takumi Seino 清野拓巳 Masako Hamamura 浜村昌子 Yasutaka Yorozu 萬恭隆)
Audio sample from “Stone Pavement”, the first track on the album:
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