|John Kaizan Neptune |
Akira Ebato, University Ethnomusicologist
"Neptune's love of jazz is overshadowedonly by his passionate involvement with the shakuhachi itself.The feeling... is very natural, without forced imagination. Hetakes the shortest distant to jazz without artifice."
Yozo Iwanami, Japanese Music Critic
"Neptune has brought tothe shakuhachi a variety of new techniques which have propelledhim to the forefront of virtuoso performers, bringing to the fingeringof the instrument the rhythmic cadences that a professional drummercommands and breaking new ground in exploiting that most flexibleof all flute embouchurements, the shakuhachi "uta-guchi."These new capabilities of the instrument are being systematicallyexplored in Neptune's compositions."
Dan Mayers, President and Founderof the InternationalShakuhachi Society
"We Japanese might often consider the shakuhachi an old-fashionedinstrument, one inferior in function compared with Western instruments,in spite of our familiarity with what it can sound like when well-played.John Kaizan Neptune, a young American shakuhachi player who isalso a talented composer... is not a prisoner of this view."
Hisamitsu Noguch, Japanese MusicCritic
At timesthe rhythm section sounded as much Latin or Afro-Cuban as Americanor Asian. The walls are crumbling, and if results of this calibercan be achieved, we may as well stop worrying about categories."
Leonard Feather, Jazz Critic