Piotr Zabrodzki & Tatsuya Yoshida - Karakany [Vivo - 2007]Karakany is a wonderful chaotic and manic take on jazz that most of the time just goes full pelt with itís mix of piano, bass, drums and voice- all seemly coming in at odd and different angles. With moments of melody and musical sanity surfacing every now and then.
These two can clearly play, so this not just instrumental disorder due to lack of talent, itís a exhilarating car crash of a ride of an album. Imagine a more acoustic piano/ bass and drums version of Naked cityís hardcore moments, then throw reason out the window, or maybe a confused Keith Jarret on speed fighting demons with his paino keys!. What impresser's most here is the way some tracks dip in and out of the chaos into more melodic and controlled moments, then once more jump into the chaos and still manages to hold it together making some sort of chaotic order. There really are some very nice accomplished jazz paino chops along the way, with bass player who bends all over the place.
A satisfying blend of chaos, musical prowess and the odd nods at beauty and reason. One for those who like their jazz bent out of shape and exhilarating.Roger Batty