Over the years, Aki Takase und David Murray have amassed respective bodies of soul-stirring compositions, of which several pieces related to the rites of passage of middle age are included on Cherry – Sakura, making this a markedly different conversation than before – and one that is more profound.
Cherry – Sakura presents an unsparing conversation about the defining issues of later life by two artists who have seen it all at least once. To use outdated jazz parlance deserving of resuscitation, Takase and Murray are saying something with this album: in a phrase – ripeness is all.
Aki Takase: Piano
David Murray: Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Recorded April 30, 2016, at Studio SRF, Zürich, by Michael Brändli. Mixed and mastered at Hard Studios Winterthur by Michael Brändli. Liner notes: Bill Shoemaker. Photos: Francesca Pfeffer. Cover art and graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Executive production: Florian Keller. Produced and copyright by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt.
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It's almost hard to believe there's any space for Tim to fit in when they play this stuff as a duo! The magical uber-complex counterpoint flowing from and resolving to the killer tunes has a similar feel to the full band Berne but these are clarifying in their complexity - you can understand all the moving parts on the same level. Also perhaps the best showcase of Mr Mitchell's solo skills I've heard - he's fully in his element! Giles
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"Great" is a word I have consciously avoided using on many occasions to describe music or musicians...the more you use it, the more undervalued it becomes; this is an exception...this is one great quartet; this music might even change your life. John Cratchley