Terumasa Hino’s ‘Into Eternity’ is an epic, visionary double LP that covers a lot of ground in the J-Jazz space. Dig the manic modal mood of “Mr. Happiness”…the fabulous flute workout during “Song of Bumiji”…the soaring, uplifting spiritual jazz realms of “Horizon” and “Eastern Egg”…the stark, forlorn musings that unfold during the closing ballad “Midnight”. These alone would make this a pretty great record but there are two additional centerpieces on this Japan-only release: There is the weird, wired, borderline-frenetic, quasi-fusion workout of “Cycle Circle”, which over the course of fourteen minutes veers between a 3500 calorie spin class and an LSD trip. Then there’s the highlight, “Ode to Workman”. This would be the third appearance of this track on a Hino record and the longest, clocking in at over twenty minutes. The piece made its debut on Hino’s 1971 LP ‘A Part’ which featured Reggie Workman on bass (that track also graces the excellent J-Jazz Vol 1 compilation from last year, as a vinyl bonus track), then again later that year on his live ‘Hino at Berlin Jazz Festival ‘71’ LP. The reading on this record is a masterclass in “the build”. Once you get past the mood setting (read: mucking about) in the opening few minutes, they settle into the familiar “Ode” groove after about four minutes. On this track, the core quintet is augmented by the addition of guests Isao Suzuki (bass) and Yuhji Inamaru (congas) who meld with the existing bass/drum combo to create a four-headed, eight-armed, rhythmic multi-beast. The dual-bass interplay here while Masuda goes APESHIT on piano is just ridiculous. All in all, an incredible J-Jazz album that’s a must for fans. The more I listen, the more I like which is about as strong an endorsement one can give. Lineup: Terumasa Hino-trumpet/flugelhorn, Hideo Miyata-saxes/flute, Mikio Masuda-piano, Tsutomu Okada-bass, Motohiko Hino-drums. This is a 1977 reissue CBS/Sony ‎– 38AP 670~1. For a Japan-only release, this seems to turn up with surprising regularity in the US, both on LP and an excellent CD remaster on the Mastersound series @terumasahino_official