Commitment (Parker/Hwang/Matsuura) / Complete Recordings: 1981/1983
Album: Complete Recordings: 1981/1983   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Commitment (Parker/Hwang/Matsuura)   Added:Nov 2010
Label:Nobusiness Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2011-10-02 Pull Date: 2011-12-04 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Nov 27 Nov 13 Oct 23 Oct 16 Oct 9
Airplays: 1 2 2 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Nov 22, 2011: Rebop
No Name
4. Oct 22, 2011: Music Casserole
Whole Grain
2. Nov 11, 2011: Faux
The Web Of Forces
5. Oct 18, 2011: Rebop
The Web Of Forces
3. Nov 08, 2011: Rebop
The Web Of Forces
6. Oct 15, 2011: Jazzerkill

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2011-09-20
Free jazz from the early '80s, mixing blazing free jazz with some contemplative Asian ideas. Blazing sax and slashing violin, plus bubbling bass and drums -- but on other tracks, they'll get quiet and still.

Especially check out Zen Matsuura's impressive drum solos, which are quick and agile but reflect a padded quiet more than a blazing cymbal firestorm. (2,4.) Those drums are a good proxy for this band's philosophy.

Jason Kao Hwang (violin)
Will Connell Jr. (sax)
William Parker (bass)
Zen Matsuura (drums)

(Footnote: Connell doesn't have the name recognition of Hwang or Parker today, but he's still in NYC and still playing the fast, hard stuff; I saw him with Lou Grassi's band in 2009.)

DISC ONE (Live tracks 6-7-8 segue into each other.)
1- Peaceful. Nice intertwining flute and violin. (3:34)
2- Fast, tumbling. Quiet bass & drums interludes in the middle. (6:36)
3- A noise interlude, almost: A lingering buzzing, a drifting feel. (5:11)
4- Slow, abstract, very Asian. Coolly calm drum solo. (10:07)
5- Scribbly, bustling, yet with a sparsity to it. Spacious violin solo. (11:04)
6- Airy, midtempo. Mystical flute solo, relaxed groove. SEGUES into 7. (10:38)
7- Slow and low-key, w/flute. (6:26)
8- Loud bursts, squawking sax. Gets seriously slashing. (21:58)

DISC TWO (All live; watch for applause)
1- Mystical, slow, spacious. At -15:13, jump-starts into hoppin' free jazz, a medium-intense boil. (22:34)
2- Live version of Disk 1, track 4. Swirling and abstract. Slow feel but some fast jittery moments. (16:16)
3- Upbeat, free-boppy. Out-there sax solo playing outside the chord changes; insane violin. (9:48)

Track Listing
1. Mountain Song   6. Ocean
2. The Web Of Forces   7. The Pathway
3. Famine   8. Diary For One At Night
4. Grassy Hills, The Sun (#1)   9. Continuous
5. No Name   10. Grassy Hills, The Sun (#2)
  11. Whole Grain