Miyasaka Plus 5
First ever reissue for this impossibly rare album that was originally issued in 1979 on the cult private Japanese label ALM, Miyasaka + 5’s ‘Animals Garden’ was a one-off project led by master drummer Takashi ‘Bear’ Miyasaka and features a powerful and progressive jazz group including saxophonist Koichi Matsukaze, whose ‘Earth Mother’ album was also reissued recently. The album features four cuts that were composed by Miyasaka: the lurching modal of ‘Animals Garden’ has elements of the work from the Nimbus label, ‘Dog’s Dance’ has a post-bop groove while the pacier ‘Pecker’s Blues’ is a firey dancer. The slower ‘Ballad For Mammoth’ calms things down somewhat but does break into some energetic freer improv moments. Exceptional and the most realistic way to ever own this!
01 Animals Garden by Miyasaka + 5
02 Ballad for Mammoth by Miyasaka + 5
03 Dog’s Dance by Miyasaka + 5
04 Pecker’s Blues by Miyasaka + 5