An underrated gem from one of the Japanese jazz greats, Susto is essentially Masabumi Kikuchi doing his best Miles Davis electric period impression… and it works! Kikuchi brings on former Davis sax players Dave Liebman and Steve Grossman along with his good friend Terumasa Hino and some of the best New York session musicians to craft four long-form electronic fusion tracks that are deeply hypnotic, rhythmic, and funky. All four tracks are great, though, if we had to pick a favorite, it might have to be the perfectly frantic jazz dance opener “Circle/Line” which features an ostinato bass groove and some psychedelic synth sounds from Kikuchi. Also important to note: the album was produced by the great James Mason, who you probably know from his Rhythm Of Life LP. Big thanks to Jeff Parker for playing this one at our summer listening residency!
Recommended – Full Listen
Tags: Fusion / Underrated