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Ryosuke Hashizume Group: Acoustic Fluid
The title of the album Acoustic Fluid from the Ryosuke Hashizume Group captures the essence of moving, flowing sounds that fill up this music. Like most of Hashizume’s albums and live shows, his original compositions are featured on this 2012 album, his sixth release. Throughout Acoustic Fluid’s nine tracks, the five-member group expands these charts with push-and-pull activity, like waves on water or breaths of air.
The music on this album alternates between slow, free sketches and mid-tempo modern jazz. The slower tracks are beautifully patient, somewhat open-ended with room for the group to pulse and grow organically while trekking through the movements.
Whether on the undertow of “Current”, the storytelling of “The Color of Silence”, or the tranquil, soft “Home”, the slower numbers are soundscapes for creating acoustic moods, a vaguely Blade Runner Vangelis-esque setting of future nostalgia. The recorded warmth of the instruments adds to this with a dynamic mix of warbling guitar, artistically nimble drums, fluidly echoey sax, the magnetic attraction of fretless electric bass, and full, graceful piano.
Among the slower songs, the mid-tempo songs are latched to frames in motion through riffs, loops, or steady rhythms on which longer themes develop. Songs like “Last Moon Nearly Full”, “Conversations with Moore”, and “The Last Day of Summer” thrill with emotional, shapeshifting suspense through the peaks and valleys of the compositions layered with individual improvisation. Throughout, the album is a chimera of imagination, a satisfying journey from the initial pull of the opening “Current” to the last welcome of “Home”.
Acoustic Fluid by Ryosuke Hashizume Group
Ryosuke Hashizume - tenor saxophone, effects
Motohiko Ichino - guitar, effects
Ryoji Orihara - fretless bass
Manabu Hashimoto - drums, percussion
Koichi Sato - piano (#2, 3, 8)
Released in 2012 on Tactile Sounds Records as TS-001.
Japanese names: Ryosuke Hashizume 橋爪亮督 Motohiko Ichino 市野元彦 Ryoji Orihara 織原良次 Manabu Hashimoto 橋本学 Koichi Sato 佐藤浩一
Ryosuke Hashizume Group: Wordless (2006)
Ryosuke Hashizume: Needful Things (2009)
Ryosuke Hashizume Group: Visible/Invisible (2013)
Ryosuke Hashizume Group: Incomplete Voices (2017)
Audio and Video
Excerpt from “Conversations With Moore”, track #3 on this album: