Album Review

Kaiser, Henry/ Noyes, Charles K. / Park, Sang-Won – “Invite The Spirit” – [Celluloid]

Thurston Hunger   10/1/2015   12-inch, A Library

1984 collaborasion with Bay Area guitarist Henry
Kaiser and kayagum mind-bender Sang-Won Park.
The slipperiness (and ebow and other tricks
of the fret) from Kaiser are so soul=Seoul
compatible with Park. The Kayagum can do try
high-pitch tickles, deep whammy bends, slow
slides through a pitch or two…perhaps more
of this speaks to Park’s skill, but the
instrument comes across as amazing. Park also
adds some flutterin’ flute on “Pah” and rich
resonant vocals to launch the stunning side-long
“Sinpuri.” Toy Killer and tripmaster/trapmaster
Charles K. Noyes sketches in percussion, never
dominating the strings, but filling out the
airy sound, without ever coming across heavy.
Apparently these are all improvisations, which
for spontaneity’s sake is crucial, but Park’s
playing and the yes, exotic, sound give it a
feeling of ancient ceremony. You could have
told me this was part of some sacred court
greeting song, and I would have believed you.
Well, maybe not on “Tah” where Kaiser gets
all electric squiggly and the 1980’s flanges
its way into the illusion. “Sansoo” has
more Park singing, and feels like a bamboo
meets bayou slow-drip blues, Park’s tanso
flutters back in on this as well, dejectedly.
The closing track, Kaiser volume pedals
like a pump organ, and Noyes could be building
a scuffling stairway in the distant, closes
the album with a sort of buoyant happiness.
KFJC MD lucky to score this original vinyl
(we also have the trio’s Tzadik 2006 reunion
in the library). Refreshing riffing here!
-Thurston Hunger

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