Urban Reception

Urban Reception

by Aoki/Wong/Pavkovic

CD

Overview

Much of Tatsu Aoki's unaccompanied acoustic solo-bass work has fallen under the heading of "difficult to absorb, but ultimately rewarding if you're patient enough to go along for the ride." A departure from the solo-bass format he's known for, Urban Reception finds the avant-garde bassist forming a pianoless trio with saxman/clarinetist Francis Wong and drummer Dave Pavkovic. This is definitely Aoki's most accessible offering so far, but it's a long-way from hard bop and what was considered "mainstream jazz" in the mid-1990s. The overall approach is "inside/outside" -- although Aoki and friends don't shy away from dissonance, Asian-influenced originals like "Butterfly Swing," "Comforter" and the haunting "Welcome Home" are actually rather musical. The players obviously weren't going for atonality, and it's clear that they put a lot of thought into providing substantial melodies and harmonies. And when they do go "outside," they take a hint from Roscoe Mitchell and other avant-garde musicians from Chicago (where the CD was recorded) and favor space over density. For listeners who might shy away from unaccompanied solo-bass plucking, Urban Reception would be the best introduction to Aoki's talents.

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Release Date: 07/23/1996
Label: Southport Records
UPC: 0700797003924
catalogNumber: 39

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