Exposé Online banner

Korekyojinn with Tsuboy Akihisa — Doldrums
(Magaibutsu MGC-41, 2011, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2013-07-02

Doldrums Cover art

If you take the gonzo-zeuhl of Ruins and graft it onto the kind of fiery fusion played by early Mahavishnu Orchestra, you get something like Korekyojinn. Add in hotshot violinist Tsuboy Akihisa of KBB and the Mahavishnu comparison is even more apt. Of course, Tatsuya Yoshida is his own man (or machine!) on the drums, so you can back off a bit on the use of "Mahavishu-esque" as an adjective. The other elements are Kido Natsuki (also of Bondage Fruit) on guitar and Nasuno Mitsuru (Altered States, Daimonji, etc.) on bass, and when these elements mix, the inevitable result is explosive energy likely to rip your speakers (or headphones) apart. No keyboards in play, but there's so much going on you'll never notice the lack. Barring a few atmospheric moments, this is sheer ripping from beginning to end, with great melodies, tricky rhythms, unison passages, and insane solos. All of which are things many of us latched onto in the early days of fusion, before it went all disco and earned a reputation as the half-witted mutant offspring of jazz and rock, having inherited only the worst traits of its parents. No, this is the real deal. These live recordings date primarily from 2010, with a couple of tracks from '08 and '09 which didn't originally include Akihisa and had his parts overdubbed after the fact. But don't let that scare you away. The material is drawn from other Korekyojinn releases, but these versions are different enough to warrant attention. Simply amazing stuff!


Filed under: New releases, 2011 releases

Related artist(s): Tatsuya Yoshida, Korekyojinn / NYUK, Tsuboy Akihisa, Natsuki Kido

Latest news

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Björk - Medúlla – For a supposed “pop” artist, Icelandic singer Björk has shown a stubborn disregard for the conventions of pop music. From the beginnings of her career as a techno diva, she has steadily pursued...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues