Joined: 22 Mar 2011
|Posted: 2013-08-28, 22:33 Post subject: Review of Jeff Cairns' new CD-"zenzen"
|"I sat in my car waiting for the first few sounds of "zenzen". Much to my surprise , a full. lush sound greeted my ears.
The recording quality alone on this new collaboration between Jeff Cairns and Jeff Bird is unusually "present" and full.
One is on a great journey from the very beginning until the last note.
There was, however, something very special for me that this album had in store. As the "Ace" Tour Manager/Stage Manager for the Asia Society of New York for 10-plus years, I had tour managed many asian groups, not only Japanese, but also Korean and Okinawan. I had the pleasure of being very close to a pansoori singer when I tour managed the Korean troup "Namsadang", and was very close to the Okinawan Kabudan Troupe that I tour managed and performed under their auspices twice in Naha, Okinawa.
So, not only were the Shakuhachi pieces CHOSHI and YAMAGA (inspired by SHIKA NO TONE) relevant to me, but the BAE POGPOH (Korean pansoori inspired) and PAINUKAJI (Okinawan inspired) were a treat for me as well, because of my experience with these other asian cultures.
Interestingly though, although I loved the entire recording, perhaps my favorite cut was HULUSI, which joined the chinese Drone flute-HULUSI- with the Shakuhachi.
Much praise for the two Jeffs on an excellent project!"
Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin
August 26, 2013
New York City
"The magic's in the Music, and the Music's in me" - The Loving Spoonful