Kazutoki "Doctor" Umezu was always one of the more unusual Japanese saxophonists back in the day – not just a jazz musician, but a player who's open to a wide variety of styles – which you'll definitely hear here, in a cool collaboration with percussionist Midori Takada and keyboardist Ichiko Hashimoto! The tunes have a bit of jazz in the mix, but also move through other instrumental styles – often with more fullness than Takada's own work, maybe in a mode that echoes some of the cool "jazz plus" experiments on French labels – first on Saravah, later on Nato/
Chabada. There's a bit of voice on the record, but mostly used as another instrument – in a nice mix that includes alto, tenor, soprano, and bass sax – plus bass clarinet, toy piano, pianica, percussion, marimba, gongs, drums, and even some toys! Titles include "Gosan", "Ohayashi", "Poi", "Diva", and "Nishibi No Ataru Heya".
(Limited edition of 500!)