Invite the Spirit 1983

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All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
When not freely improvising with the likes of Derek Bailey or horsing around with inspired covers of avant rock classics, Henry Kaiser spent a great deal of time investigating the music of various non-Western cultures, often seeking common ground between native plucked instruments and American blues-based forms. Here he teams with the Korean kayagum master Sang-Won Park and percussionist Charles K. Noyes for an improvised session that refers equally to Eastern traditions and the avant-garde. The kayagum is a kind of 12-string zither, its bended-note properties often strikingly akin to blues guitar inflections. Kaiser wisely defers to Park, allowing him to lead the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
When not freely improvising with the likes of Derek Bailey or horsing around with inspired covers of avant rock classics, Henry Kaiser spent a great deal of time investigating the music of various non-Western cultures, often seeking common ground between native plucked instruments and American blues-based forms. Here he teams with the Korean kayagum master Sang-Won Park and percussionist Charles K. Noyes for an improvised session that refers equally to Eastern traditions and the avant-garde. The kayagum is a kind of 12-string zither, its bended-note properties often strikingly akin to blues guitar inflections. Kaiser wisely defers to Park, allowing him to lead the improvisations and thus keeping them largely within a serene, flowing framework. All of the selections tend toward the quiet and contemplative, with no flashy pyrotechnics or purposefully abrasive playing. Each musician instead contributes in a relaxed manner, sitting out when appropriate, commenting when the occasion requires. Invite the Spirit is a fine model of how this sort of international meeting can succeed with neither "side" attempting to overpower the other, but rather simply having a lovely, understated conversation. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397762225
  • Catalog Number: 7622
  • Sales rank: 260,616

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Invite the Spirit Primary Artist, Ensemble
Henry Kaiser Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Charles K. Noyes Percussion, Drums, Saw
Sang Won Park Vocals, Kayagum, Track Performer
Sang-Won Park Vocals, Kayagum
Technical Credits
Henry Kaiser Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Charles K. Noyes Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
John Zorn Executive Producer
Scott Hull Remastering
Sang Won Park Composer, Liner Notes
Sang-Won Park Contributor, Liner Notes
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