- Kenny Millions (tenor sax, clarinet)
- Tatsu Aoki (bass)
Recorded live at the Velvet Lounge in Chicago 6/13/2002.
Label: Hum Ha
Album Description, Editorial Review
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 citys 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 Cant 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 Cant 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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The Aoki,Wong,Pavkovic Trio (96)
Chicago Chamber Music (97)
Fire with with Von Freeman (96)
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