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Global Village Suite - Improvised


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    (FMP SAJ-60)
    This rare sax-and-strings trio release chronicles the only recorded meeting of these three musical masters. Kowald is the glue, having previously performed with both Kosugi and Davis when he produced a series of international duos. Recorded in Tokyo in 1986, this showcases Davis away from the Sun Ra Arkestra, as his astringent alto melds beautifully with the bass and violin. With Kosugi's passing in 2018, all three have now gone to the great musical beyond; this suite is a glorious reminder of what they left behind.
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Part I 07:43
Part II 04:00
Part III 01:58
Part IV 06:24
Part V 02:21
Part VI 04:17
Part VII 02:46
Part VIII 04:54
Part IX 02:43
Part X 07:15


All music by Davis/Kosugi/Kowald//FMP-Publishing.


released December 21, 1988


"There is a pervasive lurching organicism to the music, laced with an evasive polytonal, at times, microtonal quality. The range of moods and densities is fairly great, while the gravitation towards familiar contours (i.e. soft-build-climax-receed) and strategies is almost non-existent. Instead, the trio breathes towards and away from one another in dances celebrating individual determinism and collective communication."
—Milo Fine, Jazz Forum

"One of the main advantages of this recording is that it affords us the opportunity of hearing Davis away from the Sun Ra Arkestra. As is characteristic of Sun Ra’s reed players, Davis is a very powerful player. But Davis’ playing is tempered by a fragile lyricism that frequently rises to the fore. Violinist Kosugi operates in a similar area. He uses electronics but very sparingly. On “Part V” he puts a reverb/delay effect to good use. On that track Kowald plucks a slow walking bass line while Kosugi swirls up a murky soundscape. Over this, Davis cuts through with crystalline shards of split tones. The ten selections (many of which sound like extracts from longer pieces), cover a wide range of expressive territory. “Part VI” contains some of the most furious playing with the three players buzzing like a disturbed hornet’s nest. Conversely, “Part II” is almost meditative with Davis on flute, Kosugi coaxing long, pensive tones from his violin and Kowald emitting a deep drone. Throughout, Kowald remains the inspired (and inspiring) bass player he’s always been in these situations. As the new cliché says the world is now a global village. And this LP is one superb indication of the good that can come of it."

Danny Davis: alto saxophone, flute
Takehisa Kosugi: violin
Peter Kowald: double bass

Recorded by Tsutomu Suto in October 1986 in Tokyo.

CD mastering by Olaf Rupp.
Produced by Ami Davis

Cover artwork & design by Peter Kowald.
Photographs by Dagmar Gebers and Monika Ritterhaus.


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