元DETERMINATIONSの守家巧を発起人に、F.I.B JOURNALunkieなどで活躍する名手が集ったRUMBA ON THE CORNER(以下ROTC)。このジャズとレゲエの融合を図る噂のインプロ集団が、注目の初音源『Live』を投下しました。不敵にも現メンバーが揃って初のライヴをパックしているのですが、本当に驚くべきはその中身。多少のズレも味に変え、例えば“Heavy Seas”で飛び出すウェイラーズ“War”を引用したミックスなど決め事をしっかり押さえながら、プリミティヴな極太グルーヴをキープしていく姿が格好良く、同プロジェクトが今後どのように進化していくか楽しみでなりません。

RUMBA ON THE CORNER Live NATURE BLISS(2014)

 

 そんなROTCで腕を振るう坪口昌恭の本命ユニット=東京ザヴィヌルバッハも、特別編成でのライヴ盤『Change Gravity』を発表します。ヴォコーダーとカオスパッドを駆使したスペイシーな電気ジャズに、宮嶋洋輔(この人もROTCに参加!)ら若手がブラック・フィーリング溢れるプレイで応戦し、甘美な音世界を構築。言うまでもなく、どちらの作品も相当踊れます。

東京ザヴィヌルバッハ・スペシャル Change Gravity APOLLO SOUNDS(2014)

[English Translation]
RUMBA ON THE CORNER "Live"
TOKYO ZAWINUL BACH Special "Change Gravity"
Written by Emi Yamanishi

Rumba along with RUMBA ON THE CORNER!!

RUMBA ON THE CORNER (hereafter, ROTC) is a select pack promoted by Taku Moriya who formerly belonged to ska band, DETERMINATIONS, and consists of virtuosos from the likes of 'poetry jazz' band, F.I.B JOURNAL, or instrumental rock band, unkie. This reputed improvisation army seeking to fuse jazz and reggae has just dropped their first ever sound source, "Live". Boldly taking the recordings of their very first live performance with full attendance of the current members, it is actually the substance of the recordings that is truly phenomenal. Skillfully converting any subtle disconnections into perfect spices, their approach of maintaining the primitive ton-weighing heavy groove while loyally adhering to fixed installations, as in, for instance, the mix on "Heavy Seas" adopting Bob Marley & The Wailers' "War", is nothing but admirable, - a pretty promising touch to the future evolvement of the project.

RUMBA ON THE CORNER Live NATURE BLISS(2014)

 

Meanwhile, the electro-jazz unit, TOKYO ZAWINUL BACH of which Masayasu Tzboguchi of ROTC is also an original member, will also be releasing their live recordings made in a customized special orchestration, called "Change Gravity". Spacy electro-jazz making full use of vocoders and Kaoss pads is returned fire by a flood of soulful grooves generated by the heated executions by the younger fellows, including Yosuke Miyajima (also playing in ROTC!), inviting the listeners to a sensuous world of heat and sweet. Both albums will make your feet go jigging, beware!

東京ザヴィヌルバッハ・スペシャル Change Gravity APOLLO SOUNDS(2014)