Kenny Meets Tatsu - Kenny Millions + Tatsu Aoki



Recorded live at the Velvet Lounge in Chicago 6/13/2002.

Label: Hum Ha

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Album Description, Editorial Review (2003)
Last summer, Hallandale Beach-based saxophonist Kenny Millions (a.k.a. Keshavan Maslak) traveled to Chicago for a gig with bassist Tatsu Aoki, one of that city’s great avant-garde jazz players. Recorded live at the Velvet Lounge, this CD features the two masters of free jazz conversing eloquently on a pair of improvised pieces — the absurdly titled “Serious Chicken” and “Japanese Businessman (Fucked)” — and a pair of standards — “I Can’t Get Started” and “Moonglow” — done in a very nonstandard fashion. Aoki scrapes a fanged bow across the strings, tonally resembling the deep grumbling of a didgeridoo, and Millions goes from melancholy to sardonic to gleeful as he alternates between melodic, bluesy figures and free-jazz skronk. A sad and lovely read of “I Can’t Get Started” finds Millions in a deep blue mood, blowing breathy, last-call tenor, and a lyrical “Moonglow” closes the set in a mellow tone, as he trades saxophone for clarinet. Those with a taste for the outré will definitely want to meet both Tatsu and Kenny.

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