The Miyumi Project Big Band: Rooted: Origins Of Now (2002)
Aoki interprets those lifestyle changes through music. By combining free jazz with traditional Japanese rhythms, he's able to describe the shifts with certainty. In the beginning, pomp and circumstance rules the landscape. Before jazz, New Orleans had street bands that conformed to set standards. Cultures all over the world have similar bands that adhere to a strict formula. By the time Louis Armstrong hit Chicago, the rules had changed. Fifty years later, free improvisation was making similar inroads. Today, we find jazz following many different trails; yet it continues to hold onto its freedom.
Aoki depicts a similar tale. The discovery of personal and family freedom moves his suite from simple harmonies and repetitive rhythms through adventurous solo and ensemble eruptions. Mwata Bowden supplies much of the energetic freedom. His solo work leaves a lasting impression. Everyone participates, however, as the leader has planned. Together, they form a comprehensive statement that describes highly personal shifts in daily living, as well as historic leaps made in the development of jazz.
Track Listing: Part One: Now; Part Two: Origin; Part Three: 1.5 Generation; Part Four:
Personnel: Tatsu Aoki- bass on "Part Two: Origin," taiko drum, leader, composer; Mwata Bowden- baritone saxophone, digeridoo; Ameen Muhammad- trumpet, percussion; Taku Akiyama- alto saxophone; Toru Hironaka- tenor saxophone; Jonathan Chen- violin, electronics; Hiroshi Eguchi- bass; Ryan Toguri, Hide Yoshihashi, Jason Matsumoto- taiko drum; Mia Park- drums; Yoko Noge- vocal on "Part Four:
Record Label: Jazz Institute of Chicago