A live recording culled from the quartet's appearance at a museum in Krakow, Poland., the album is an alignment of visionary musicians from France and Japan. Perhaps the more notable artist is pianist Satoko Fujii, revered for her compositions and laudable technical faculties within in small, medium-size and large ensembles. Fuji and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura reengage on this expansive set, where the avant-garde is fused into an organization of captivating and in some instances, mind-bending pieces, sans any limiting factors.
The opening piece "Noise Chopin," signifies the harbinger of a comprehensive musical event. Hence, a Rafale is a French built fighter jet, and while the band often soars at a good speed, the music contains a myriad of mood-evoking propositions. Indeed, "Noise Chopin," parallels that notion in resplendent fashion.
The bass-less setting with two trumpeters and a pianist casts an unorthodox spell. At times austere and semi-classical, the soloists don their avant-garde hats by emerging from solemnness to intense jazz-based improvisation. They execute some twisted classical music type treatments, presumably referenced to Chopin, and gradually raise the pitch amid eerie undercurrents and drummer Peter Orins' sweeping press rolls that segue into various March progressions. With breaks in the action, and the trumpeters' multiphonics, Fujii's jazzy lines and bluesy sentiment are contrasted by an African tribal segment and other detours.
"Noise Chopin" flourishes with prismatic hues and articulately exercised textures. From the avant perspective, this piece is remarkably cogent and seamless by design. It's a layered storyline that aims to entertain the audience in a huge way. Essentially, the quartet sparkles with a striking approach that transmits a sense of newness via the combined effects of four enormously active minds residing on the same musical plane.