"Kazuo Imai has developed into one of the most strikingly individual and immediately identifiable guitar improvisers in Japan, equally adept on electric or acoustic, and even on viola de gamba and unusual ethnic instruments. These two releases on PSF seem destined to finally cement Imai's reputation as an improviser of international stature. Imai's training as an improviser and guitarist saw him studying with both Masayuki Takayanagi (famously, Imai was the one and only student to ever graduate under Takayanagi's tutelage), and Takehisa Kosugi. As a performer he's played with Takayanagi's New Direction, Taj Mahal Travellers, East Bionic Symphonia, Marginal Consort, as well as with European and US luminaries such as Arthur Doyle, Lee Konitz, Barre Phillips and Han Bennink. Far and Wee, only Imai's second solo release (following How Will We Change?, PSFD-70), sees him setting aside the electric strurm und drang in favour of the limitations of a nylon-strung acoustic guitar. In Imai's hands though, the instrument is opened up in an utterly thrilling fashion, as he agilely traverses clumped string thickets, high tension slide motion and yawning acoustic caverns with a jaw-dropping array of extended techniques. There's a density of conception and creativity on display here that is simply jaw-dropping." (Alan Cummings)
in stock | JP| 2005| PSF RECORDS | 17.90

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