Session In Paris, Vol. 1 "Song Of Soil"

Tiger Bay ‎

Japanese percussionist Masahiko Togashi spent his teenage years in the 50s playing drums for the likes of Sadao Watanabe and Tony Scott. With his own ensemble he went on to play a crucial role in the development of Japanese free jazz the following decade. A spinal injury in 1970 left him paralysed from the waist down, though with the help of a specially-designed wheelchair his career remarkably continued to flourish, with this 1979 date marking a decisive point in his later career.

Recorded in Paris in a trio setting, it’s a quiet, explorative session, with Togashi more than holding his own alongside two of free-jazz’s A-listers. Charlie Haden’s bass playing is subtle, pliant and unobtrusive throughout, leaving space for some explosive interplay between Togashi and Don Cherry.

Oasis finds him providing an energetic but precise percussive counterpoint to the latter’s meditative trumpet phrases. Words Of Wind Part 2 pairs cyclical drum rolls with Cherry’s appropriately Asiatic flute, while Rain’s slow building tempo hypnotically mimics the coming of a monsoon. Such was its success, this exemplary session led to a wave of international recognition and further collaborations with the likes of Steve Lacy, Mal Waldron and Paul Bley.

Words Of Wind - Part 1
Song Of Soil
Words Of Wind - Part 2