Published since 1997
Jim Santella has been contributing CD reviews, concert reviews and DVD reviews to AAJ since 1997. His work has also appeared in Southland Blues, The L.A. Jazz Scene, and Cadence Magazine.
With ultra-high harmonics flowing from Aoki's bowed bass, "Number Five Wings Place" opens delicately. Mitchell adds light percussive effects that allow the piece to drone as would music surrounding a ceremonial rite. The duo returns to this kind of setting time and again. Thus, their First Look adopts a theme that weaves itself through the session.
Two "Journey" pieces take them on a crusade through exotic modern jazz settings and more spiritual rites. As the duo romps with a swinging gait or slows to a ceremonial drone, their worshipping reflections cast a giant shadow. Together, they create impressions that reflect the spiritual nature of the world around us. Whether the landscape comes from just down the street or from some distant mountaintop, the duo's improvised music gives the audience plenty to absorb.
Track Listing: In; East Side Easy; Number Five Wings Place; The Journey; Glide; Dot; Journey for the Cause; Yoshihashi; Out.
Personnel: Roscoe Mitchell: reeds, flute, percussion; Tatsu Aoki: acoustic bass, percussion.
Record Label: Southport Records
Style: Modern Jazz
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