Oct. 4, 2005
"... THE PLEASURE PRINCIPAL IS IN FULL FORCE... "
LLOYD SACHS-CHICAGO SUN-TIMES / "WRITER'S BLOCK" WNUR-FM
When musical worlds collide the energy gained in the universe can be a fine situation. The art and substance of internationally known Roscoe Mitchell (founding member of The Art Ensemble of Chicago) with bassist/producer Tatsu Aoki (Fred Anderson/The Miyumi Project/ Francis Wong/Asian Improv Records) gives Southport Records the concept of "First Look" and a very special duo recording.
An exotic army of reeds, flutes, percussion, and toys rides along side the percussive bass of Aoki. In some situations both artists take us on percussion excursions, leaving their melodic instruments by the side of the road, and then scurrying back for them like proud energetic children.
The epic, cut 4, "The Journey," lifts with light percussion from a tropical morning. Tatsu sends out a light aggressive groove and Roscoe traces the pulse with his sweet alto work. The Journey is the essence of this Chicago Duo.
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