ONJT+ (Otomo Yoshihide’s New Jazz Trio +) plays Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman” and Albert Ayler’s “Bells.” ONJT means Otomo Yoshide’s New Jazz Trio; Otomo Yoshihide (guitar), Mizutani Hiroaki (bass, misc.), Yoshigaki Yasuhiro (drums, percussion), and “+” means guests for those 2 CDs: Sachiko M (sinewaves) and Jim O’Rourke (EMS synthesizer).
Otomo continues his “New Jazz” project from ONJQ (Quintet) via ONJE (Ensemble) to ONJO (Orchestra), and now he organizes ONJT + (Trio +) as his core group/trio. The 2 CDs are long-expected works. Otomo tries to revive birth and death of “free jazz” using contemporary sounds and interpretations. The death of Albert Ayler was identified on October 25, 1970 at East River, N.Y.C. 40 years has past since Ayler’s death. How did improvised music change over 40 years ? Here is the answer in some way.
“Lonely Woman” composed by Ornette Coleman is a tune that Otomo continues to long play for love. “Lonely Woman,” which is the beginning tune of ‘The Shape Of Jazz To Com’ LP (1959), has an unforgettable melody and has been loved by many jazz musicians. This CD includes tracks played by Otomo’s quintet (ONJO +) and trio as well as his guitar solo playing. Otomo puts various expression into each playing and this is like a “lonely woman suite”.