2008 reissue of this album from the master percussionist who studied Jazz drumming at Berklee School of Jazz. In the 1970’s he recorded a string of innovative albums for Island records which utilized the talents of such leading musicians as Hugh Hopper, Maurice Pert, Steve Winwood, Michael Shrieve and Klaus Schulze, fusing his percussion talents with Jazz, Electronic and Classical music to create an ambient form of music all of his own. His music has been used by the Royal Ballet…………
Following the success of East Wind’s 1973 debut album Freedom Is Frightening, Stomu Yamashta was asked to score the music for the motor racing documentary One by One. Re-released in 1978 as The Quick and the Dead, the movie was a spectacular failure, but it is still remembered for its phenomenal soundtrack, released in 1974 as East Wind’s second album, One by One. The album’s grandly cinematic scope vies with its musical diversity for attention. Unlike its predecessor, One by One abounds in classical moments, notably on “Tangerine Beach,” its companion piece “At Tangerine Beach,” and, of course, the short reprise of Vivaldi’s “Seasons.” Latin beats patter down on “Rain Race” and the second half of “Superstar/Loxycycle,” while funk fusion (with soulful vocals from Sammi Abu) fires swathes of the rest of the set. And not only did the music mold seamlessly with the movie, it stands alone in its own right, as One by One showcased some of Yamashta’s career-best most inspired and accessible compositions…….. by Dave Thompson………
Second Stomu album under the East Wind group name, with almost the same line-up, this album has a striking artwork photo of Stomu shot by future famous Mick Rock. The m album is actually the soundtrack of a movie (I’ve never seen it) of the movie of the same name, which appears to be about motor racing. Most of the music comes in a continuous flow, but it can’t avoid the pitfall of soundtracks: like so many of those, the music serves the image and without the images, the music seems at times completely directionless, although One By One is not catastrophic in this regard.
The album starts (purposely?) on the 200 MPH title track suite (lasting almost 11 mins), which is a fast- driving jazz-rock, while the middle movement Hey Man is sung by percussionist/flutist Sami Abu, talking a sweet funk overtone, and the suite-closing Reprise sees Boyle’s guitar solo soaring like an eagle over Hopper’s superb bass work, which is quite different than what he had gotten used to on Soft Machine albums. The cosmic eerie opening Black Flame contrast with the solemnity of the rest of the track, a dramatic classical theme, played partly with classic instruments than with synthesizers. Rain race is is probably the best moment of the album with a superb Fender Rhodes over a string section, too bad its so short and followed by a fairly cheesy classical string closing Tangerine Beach, even if it had started well enough with a gloomy Moog trick.
The flipside attacks on a funk guitar over a square rhythm, and Yamashta’s brother’s violin and Abu’s vocals and congas. While the 12-mins+ Superstar/Loxycycle (the only track played by other musicians than East Wind) goes through many changes, the track veers towards a jazz-funk that had by now overtaken the previous jazz-rock in most of the international JR/F scene. Nurburgring (it was at the time the longest circuit in the world measuring some 23 km long) is a quite interesting track, probably the proggiest of the album, but it’s followed by a pointless Four Seasons passage (then again without the images of the movie, who says pointless) from Vivaldi. Accident is a wild musical free-for-all completely chaotic and followed by a cheesy mock chamber quartet piece to close the debate, echoing the other Tangerine track of the other side.
Yet another interesting album like Freedom, Floating Music and the Go project, OBO is certainly in Stomu’s best five albums, although for a better enjoyment of this album, I think it would certainly gain seeing the movie for which the music was composed………….by Sean Trane ………..
The second and last album of Stomu Yamashtas East Wind - “One By One” - is the soundtrack for a film of the same name. Obviously it is about authors. At least, blurred images of a Formula 1 Bolliden can be found on the back of the LP cover. Once again, Yamashta has assembled some of the musicians who are mainly known in Canterbury. Nigel Morris (Isotope) and Mike Travis (Gilgamesh) are now joined by Hopper and Boyle, who are already on “Freedom is frightening”. Travis is, however, only to be heard, together with Frank Tankowski and Bernie Holland, in the two plays “Superstar” and “Loxycycle”, in which they probably replace Morris and Boyle. “One by One” is, as far as I know, “Freedom is frightening”.
As a progressive-symphonic jazzrock with canterbury impact, I described the music of Yamashta, which was to be heard on “Freedom is frightening”. On the whole, this also applies to “One By One”, except that the music has now turned out to be somewhat more lightweight, funky, and occasionally more classic-symphonic. With the title, the album is still going very canterburesk-jazzig. Drifting bass, filigree electric guitars, flute, violin and a lot of percussion create music that is located somewhere between isotopes and the Mahavishnu Orchestra but nevertheless develops a very own character. The music rocks forward, suddenly, after a good five minutes, suddenly turn into a funky song (“Hey man”), with quite a lot of soulling vocals by Sammi Abu. After the short “One By One Reprise” it becomes bombastic-symphonic. Electronic Flirren introduces “Black Flame” before the violin cites a Bach sonata and uses powerful, mimic-sounding synthesizer sounds accompanied by timpani. The whole thing is still going on for a while, then to the easy-going pop jazz rocker “Rainrace”, with sugary strings and Bossa Nova atmosphere. The piece is fortunately soon dimmed to make Hugh Hopper’s growling bass, the “Tangerine Beach”. The number then evolves into a somewhat shallow film music classic simulations full of sweet string and spinet sounds.
The second LP page is the first 12 minutes long “Superstar” and “Loxycycle”, a fast-paced mixture of funky jazzrock, some soul singing and a lot of percussion. Then the short electro-symphonic “Nurburgring”, with quite interesting brass-brass (who can not be seen in the cover of the LP), bass and electronics in the middle. Electro-Symphonik, with Vivaldizitaten brings the music then à la Tomita to the end.
“One By One” is much more varied than “Freedom is frightening”, even offers some electronic-experimental moments, but as a whole, whether the funky alignment of large parts of the music and the shallow soundtracking, is clearly more commercial and smoother than the first one . Canterbury-Komplettisten can nevertheless still access because of the cooperation of Hugh Hopper. Otherwise, the disc is relatively unblemished, if not really bad. As an encore to “Freedom is frightening” in the context of a CD re-release, the material would however always be useful!…by… Achim Breiling………
- Stomu Yamash'ta / percussion - Hisako Yamash'ta / violin - Hugh Hopper / bass - Brian Gascoigne / keyboards and synthesizers - Sammi Abu / vocals, congas and flute - Gary Boyle / guitar - Nigel Morris / drum kit - Frank Tankowski / guitar (5) - Bernie Holland / guitar (5) - Mike Travis / drum kit (5)
01. One By One / Hey Man / One By One Reprise (10:43) 02. Black Flame (3:30) 03. Rain Race (1:30) 04. Tangerine Beach (3:25) 05. Superstar / Loxycycle (12:23) 06. Nurburgring (2:34) 07. Seasons (1:30) 08. Accident (1:40) 09. At Tangerine Beach (2:28)
Floating Music (1972, as Stomu Yamash'ta & Come to the Edge) LP: Island, HELP 12 (UK); King, SLC-423 (Japan) CD: Raven, RVCD 282 (with Man From the East; Australia, 2008); Esoteric, 2084 (UK, 2008); Universal Music, UICY-94102 (Japan, 2009)
Images (original soundtrack) (1972) LP: private pressing, no catalog number (US) CD: Prometheus, PCD 163 (Belgium)
Man from the East (1973, as Stomu Yamash'ta’s Red Buddha Theatre) LP: Island, ILPS 9228 (UK); Island, SMAS 9334 (US); Island, ILS-80215 (Japan) CD: Raven, RVCD 282 (with Floating Music; Australia, 2008); Esoteric, 2082 (UK); Universal Music, UICY-94103 (Japan, 2009)
Freedom is Frightening (1973, as Stomu Yamash'ta’s East Wind) LP: Island, ILPS 9242 (UK) CD: Esoteric, 2087 (UK, 2008); Universal Music, UICY-94104 (Japan, 2009)
One by One (1974, as Stomu Yamash'ta’s East Wind) LP: Island, ILPS 9269 (UK); Pathe Marconi, 2C 064-95688 (France); Toshiba-EMI, ILS-80630 (Japan) CD: Esoteric, 2083 (UK, 2008); Universal Music, UICY-94105 (Japan, 2009)
Go (1976, as Stomu Yamash'ta/Steve Winwood/Michael Shrieve) LP: Island, ILPS 9387 (UK); ILS-80601 (Japan) CD: Universal, UICY-9571 (Japan, 2005); in Complete Go Sessions 2CD on Raven, RVCD 182 (Australia); Esoteric, 2081 (UK, 2008); Universal Music, UICY-94107 (Japan, 2009)
Go Live from Paris (1976, as Go) 2LP: Island, ILS-50013/14 (Japan) CD: Universal, UICY-9572 (Japan, 2005); in Complete Go Sessions 2CD on Raven, RVCD 182 (Australia); Universal Music, UICY-94108 (Japan, 2009)
Go Too (1977, as Stomu Yamash'ta’s Go Too) LP: Arista, SPARTY 1011 (UK); Pathe Marconi, 2C 068 99228 (France); EMI Electrola, 1C 064-99 228 (Germany); Arista, AB-4138 (US); Arista, IES-80891 (Japan) CD: Universal, UICY-9573 (Japan, 2005); in Complete Go Sessions 2CD on Raven, RVCD 182 (Australia)
“Waza”/“Mujo” (soundtrack selections from Budo: The Art of Killing) 7": King, FMS-116 (Japan)