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Tsuboy, Akihisa and Natsuki Kido: Era

A stunning collection of acoustic music from the Japanese duo of Akihisa Tsuboy and Natsuki Kido, Era gives listeners an aural glimpse of two master musicians practicing their craft with utmost skill and zeal. But the album's not just good––it's also extremely diverse. The first track, "Left Window," travels the distance between classical, classically-influenced prog and even a dose of European folk (with, of course, dashes of Asian melodies along the way)

The follow-up track "006" begins as a deeply meditative piece, beautiful and serene, Tsuboy's violin tapping into heretofore unknown elements of purity, slowly soothing the listener one more step toward nirvana, paradise, whatever you want to call it. The same can be said of "Ripple," which brings to mind Eastern and Central European music while maintaining a freshness and vitality that is unmistakable.

As for Kido's guitar playing? You need look no further than the Krimson-ish "Seventeen," a piece that's delightfully nightmarish and speaks well to what both players do best.

This record is a must for lovers of progressive and acoustic music alike and, like California Guitar Trio's Whitewater, undoubtedly one of the best you'll hear this year.

Track Listing:
1. Left Window (11:18)
2. 006 (6:49)
3. Crawler––A (9:32)
4. Ripple (6:42)
5. Foghone (5:20)
6. New Era Has Come (13:38)
Total Time: 59:07

Added: August 24th 2004
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
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Related Link: Poseidon Records
Hits: 1956
Language: english

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