|SO HAYASHI feat. NOVA EXPRESS
"TAKE IT FROM THE PAST / SWING IN MEDITATION"
definitely looking forward to hearing the album. As I said on the
you've shown again that Cosmic Sounds is willing to go a bit deeper
old and new sounds. Nice one.
this is outstanding... New CS discovery, Japan’s gifted, George
So Hayashi – the real musical maverick here?
Playlisted on I'AM
Think that "Take It From
The Past" is
wonderful but it limits to a very specialist market and Unlikely to get
many plays in a club. It is far easier to get with "Swing In
Meditation" for club sessions.
Two marvellous downbeat
journeys from this new Japanese signing to Cosmic Sounds…
issue 883, Dec 2002, page 16.
Continuing the Eastern
by Kyoto Jazz Massive earlier in the reviews is So Hayashi, whose
abstract jazz stylings are evident on this, his first release. Don't
pretend you already know that he's in his late twenties, from Tokyo,
and has been playing in bands since his teens; his debut on the
appropriately named Cosmic Sounds label, though, is an admirable
introduction. Fusing live and electronic sounds, "Take It From The
Past" is a spaced out, busy downtempo piece; "Swing In Meditation"
featuring Belgrade's Nova Express on the other side is another mellow
slow-burner which is pleasant enough but won't really draw you in
unless you're a jazz junkie. Still, this is an encouraging first
release from So Hayashi and we await his future releases with open
ears. (Verdict: Don't expect to hear it on the radio so go buy it)
SCOTT'S no 140, page 10
'George Duke-on-acid with a mixer'. A tempting taster for So Hayashi's
debut album. I can't wait. (Chrissie Murray)
BASSIN @ Free
I'm looking forward to
the So Hayashi
album - "Take It From The Past" was one of my favorite records from