Eri Yamamoto: piano
Ben Street: bass
Ikuo Takeuchi: drums
Eri's third album! Self-released on CD in 2004; made available digitally for the first time here on bandcamp in October 2020. CDs were previously available only direct from Eri at performances (& from CD Baby), and are down to the last dozens.
I really can not express why I love this as much as I do. It is out-of-reach for a guy like me and hard to explain the feelings that I feel when I listen to it. The first McCraven album I bought a couple weeks ago ((4 to the right;-), I played it twice, just 2 tracks at a time... It's making me humble because it feels bigger than me, and careful because I don't know where it is taking me. And all of that, is the definition of art. At least, for me it is.... PlayItLoud!
Total mastery of patience, time, and drama create a constantly engaging journey that never gets tiresome or same-y: in fact the harder you listen the better it gets! Somehow Sorey et al. find a way to combine the deep listening and spontaneous interaction of the best jazz with the sense of every tone and sound being worth a universe of listening, which could be equally from Cage and Feldman or the accompaniment to an ancient ritual.
The recording/engineering is absolutely perfect as well. Giles
The Golden Light (Hymn) is fast becoming one of my favorite songs of all time. I could listen to it forever. Brilliant set, and well needed these days. Thank goodness for the continuing inspiration of William Parker. <3 Andreas Levi