Masayuki Takayanagi and New Directions - Independence: Tread On Sure Ground
'Cinedelic Records present a reissue of Masayuki Takayanagi and New Directions' Independence: Tread On Sure Ground, originally released in 1970. Considered the "Lochness monster" of Japanese free jazz records due to its incredible rarity, this album was the debut recording of Takayanagi Masayuki as leader with The New Directions. Recorded at the Teichiku Kaikan studios on September 18, 1969 (released in 1970), Independence: Tread On Sure Ground is largely regarded as the first true classic of Japanese free jazz. The group thrashes out an entirely new Japanese methodology for improvisation based on Takayanagi's theories about progressive art. As Alan Cummings explains in his texts to review issues, the group's sonic outburst is pregnant with an urgent intensity similar to a violent rotating windstorm. Personnel: Masayuki Takayanagi - guitar; Motoharu Yoshizawa - bass, cello, percussion, reeds (folk pipe); Yoshisaburo Toyozumi - drums, percussion. Fully licensed and remastered from the original tapes. Includes OBI and insert.'