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Nakama: mixing jazz with Japanese folk plus crumbly bits in the middle - The Audiophile Man
Title: Most Intimate Label: Nakama Nakama? ‘Comrade’ is a good translation of this Japanese word. Think of that word as a label of equality rather than as a militaristic or even left-wing political term. ‘Comrade’ in terms too of bonding, of concern for each other and of looking after each other. This group, less than two years old, is based upon that term and in that sense. A five-piece lead by Norway’s Christian Meaas Svendsen (bass) who composes this thoughtful and often contemplative work, he is accompanied by Agnes Hvizdalek on vocals, Adrian Loseth Wade on violin, piano is attended to by Ayumi Tanaka and Andreas Wildhagen handles with drums. And that music? There’s plenty of influences here from European jazz to traditional Japanese music though to more contemporary fare. The construction of the album – and it seems that way – looked to plug in to ‘first contact’. That is, without knowing the work you’re about to play. Neil Young has adopted this position on a couple of his more notable albums. Hence, it’s not new. What is new are the people playing. Every time this sort of concept arises then there is a real sense of the fresh …