Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Motoharu Yoshizawa/Takehisa Kosugi/Haruna Miyake
Angels Have Passed



Heavyweight violin/piano/bass improvised trance from some of the hardest-thinking subterranean Japanese avantists. The way that Yoshizawa's unwieldy bass constructs are cocooned in scores of light by Takehisa Kosugi's (ex-Taj Mahal Travellers) violin and then exploded by Miyake's piano is fairly dazzling.

Taj Mahal Travellers
July 15, 1972

Bamboo BAM-7011


New vinyl reissue of the first album by Japan's legendary Taj Mahal Travellers, a document of an avant/trance action featuring long floats of vocal tone, mesmeric flickers of delayed violin (courtesy of Takehisa Kosugi) and some beautifully outside improvised action. One of the earliest big-band communal improvising units to come out of Japan, this first record pretty much laid the foundations for a whole clutch of forward-thinking psych/avant/free heads and still sound peerless. A major Japanese underground side. Highly recommended.