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re: Rooted

Label: Southport Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: Episode One; Episode Two; Episode Three; Shadow to Shadow and Beyond; Lacquer; Gate.


Article: Album Review

The Miyumi Project: re: Rooted

Read "re: Rooted" reviewed by Jim Santella

Double bassist Tatsu Aoki leads this avant-garde ensemble in a program of creative improvised music that reflects the roots of Asian/American jazz. The instrumental timbres that he's chosen to augment this saxophone and percussion ensemble provide distinctive colors. Aoki's big, booming bass leads the way while huge taiko drums manage the session's rhythmic foundation. ...


Rooted: Origins Of Now

Label: Jazz Institute of Chicago
Released: 2002
Track listing: Part One: Now; Part Two: Origin; Part Three: 1.5 Generation; Part Four:


Article: Album Review

The Miyumi Project Big Band: Rooted: Origins Of Now

Read "Rooted: Origins Of Now" reviewed by Jim Santella

Ceremonial drums open the session. Tatsu Aoki wrote the music to chronicle the changes that take place in the life of an Asian immigrant to the United States. At first, only traditional methods will suffice. Everything must be as it was back home. In time, the family begins to grow, social horizons expand, and foreign staples ...


The Miyumi Project

Label: Southport Records
Released: 2000


Article: Album Review

Tatsu Aoki: The Miyumi Project

Read "The Miyumi Project" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Of the wholly American art forms-jazz, cowboy movies, and fast food-jazz seems to have generated the most controversy as to its origins. Many believe jazz was given to the pilgrims by native Americans that first Thanksgiving during the halftime show. I hold to the theory that jazz came from New Orleans at the confluence of European, ...


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