Artist: Tatsuya Nakatani/Ken Aldcroft/Rob Clutton/Daniel Pencer
Songs: [two excerpts]
Recorded at Burdock Music Hall (Somewhere There Presents), June 29, 2016.
I have heard it derisively said that the "Toronto style" of improvisation is "everyone playing loudly and all at once". I'd consider that to be rather too jaded altogether, but one could sense flashes of a similar train of thought from master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani during this ad hoc group encounter. A master of ma — the space between the notes — he was definitely pining for a bit more space just as everyone else was interested in collaborative cooking. Almost apologetically, he paused the set to request a series of duets instead of the full-on treatment, and seemed a bit more content closing the set out that way. But there were some tasty frissons on the way there regardless.