The cloudy, kinetic free jazz of Japan’s woodblue has held our curiosity for much of Spring’s confused bloom. On the last March’s episode, we featured a piece from the artist in collaboration with Hiroko Arima and Yudai Suzuki aka Multi purpose studio. Correspondence since yields a guest mix of original and unreleased work woodblue calls Gray City. At first blush, the 30-minute exchange is barely there, but as our mind’s eye calibrates to the fluttering improvisations, a metropolis of light percussion, found sounds, and whirling horns illuminate the atmosphere.
Stepping right into the fog, without introduction or city-wide alerts, Patient Sounds take over the last portion of the first hour (35 minutes onward), sharing an unmarked sampling from fresh releases.
Stitched into the second hour is a recent S&S guest set for the Marilis Hour on the wonderful Montréal-based internet radio station n10.as. A few Dreams appear, alongside snippets from Yasuaki Shimizu’s Music For Commercials, a striking ode to the natural world by harpist Mary Lattimore, some woosy “vertical listening” from 81-year-old luminary trumpeter and composer Jon Hassell, and the modular synthesis water memories of Emily Sprague, who recently joined us at Moogfest to render the first ever live Dream interpretation.
Hour One: “Gray City” by woodblue
Gray city #6 at Myou Den
Gray city #7 at Narayama SATY
Gray city #8 at Hirokouji am 1:00
Gray city #3 at Araya (Multi purpose studio remix)
Gray city #2 at Route 46 (Multi purpose studio remix)
Improvisation session at “studio” featuring woodblue, Multi purpose studio, and tko (omu-tone)
Gray city #9 at Minami douri
Blue Tuesday next future
[34:50 – 01:05:20] Patient Sounds
Hour Two: S&S set on The Marilis Hour
Blithe Field – Prelude
Yasuaki Shimizu – Tachikawa / Seiko 1
Dip in the Pool – On Retinae (East Version)
Anenon – Open
Meitei / 冥丁 – Sankai / 山怪
Cuddle Formation & Emily Reo – Bermuda (Yoshi’s Story)
Emily A. Sprague – Your Pond
Alexia Avina – Glove
Mary Lattimore – Never Saw Him Again
Jon Hassell – Dreaming
Bing & Ruth – Quebec (Climber)
Yumi Zouma – France (Grands Boulevards)
Terekke – wav1
S&S Radio broadcasts every now and then on Newtown Radio.