Until the digital revolution came, bass solos sounded a lot like the opening of Saving Private Ryan, the band would layout while the bassist plays, “boom, hiss, pop, strum, pop, crack”...etc. And since the woofer has found popularity with not only b-boys but serious jazz fans wishing to hear that bottom end. Enter the bass solo album, a treat for stay-at-home listener. I have been partial to recent solo efforts by Dave Holland Ones All (Intuition), Michael Formanek Am I Bothering You? (Screwgun) and Tatsu Aoki, who has releases his seventh solo effort. Aoki, born in Japan, was trained in traditional instruments like the Shamisen and Taiko as well as the piano and guitar. He later went on to study English at Ohio University and while watching Duke Ellington’s band, he was inspired to pick up the bass. He started with the electric bass and rock bands but quickly graduated to the upright bass and improvisational music. Today he teaches film at The Art Institute of Chicago and can be found in many jazz configurations including his Power Trio and Saxophonist Fred Anderson’s band. Presented here is a live recording in from Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art where Aoki shared the stage with visual artist Amy Lee Segami. He is also joined by two percussionists, playing a korean Buk and the Japanese Taiko drum, for a couple tunes. As a soloist Aoki can walk a bass line or improvise an arco section sending you through an imaginary reverbing soundscape. Paired with drummers, he can groove in multiple languages. Tatsu Aoki is quite a talented bassist and improviser, and this release is well worth your attention.
Track List:Introduction – Peter Taub; Wed Lock; Fly Dee; A Night; Rain Dance; Roaches; Fisherman’s Song; Eigen; Sukiyaki – Ue O Muite Arukou;
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!