Here is one of the first Free Jazz recordings from Japan. This album is one of three recordings Masahiko Togashi made in 1969 - the first in May '69 was "We Now Create" and in November he recorded "Speed and Space" - about one month later in December the duo"Isolation" with Mototeru Takagi. All three LPs are seminal works in japanese (Free) Jazz.
In 1970 he had a car accident and had to quit music. But already in January 1971 he renewed his drumming with a special drum-set. It was costume-made to meet his paraplegia.
In his music he used complicated structures and ostinatos as well. But his main feature is his extraordinary sense for "space" - will say intervals charged with tension.
Mototeru Takagi, tenor saxophone & bass clarinet, cornpipe
Masahiko Sato, piano, gong
Yoshio Ikeda, bass, electric bass
Masahiko Togashi, drums, vibes, bells, gong, percussion
1. Presage 02:25
2. Panorama 14:38
3. Expectation 02:13
4. Speed & Space #1 11:51
5. Speed & Space #2 07:57
Teichiku Kaikan Studio, Tokyo, November 22, 1969
(this rip from UNION JAZZ TECP-18771 - CD)