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Discography

Tatsu Aoki has recorded eight bass albums, eight duet albums with various other artists, 13 ensemble works, and has appeared as a guest artist on over 60 other albums internationally. With works ranging from solo to larger ensemble, from mainstream to avant garde, Aoki has worked with many musical legends, including Fred Anderson, Von Freeman, George Freeman, Malachi Favors Maghostut, Don Moye, Mwata Bowden, Jhon Watson, Sonny Seals, Eric Leonardson, Francis Wong and Carol Genetti.

Among the variety of works produced in the last 15 years, his solo bass performance and recordings are internationally acclaimed, and known for one of the most innovative approaches of the bass instrument.

Full Discography

2018

  • 2018 “Fred Anderson Legacy Band” – AIR00227
  • “Miyumi Project: “RAW and ALIVE II” – AIR0100
  • “Miyumi Project: “RAW and ALIVE II” – AIR0100
  • “Reduction Ensemble – Miyumi Project” – AIR0099
  • “Jonathan Chen Orchestra: Feedback” – AIR0098

2017

  • “That’s What It WAZ – trio WAZ” – AIR0097
  • “And Then They Came For Us \ Un-American” – AIR0096
  • “Miyoshi Sketches” by Francis Wong – AIR0094

2016

  • “Miyumi Project: RAW and ALIVE” – AIR0092
  • “SKYLAINDING Music of Yoko Ono” by Yoko Ono – AIR0091
  • “Fred Anderson Quartet Live Vol. 4” – Asian Improv Records AIR0090

2015

  • “Melody Takakata: Page’s AIR0088
  • Fred Anderson Birthday Quitesscitial Trio Lvie AIR0087

2014

  • “Shadow to Shadow” with Melody Takata AIR0086

2013

  • “Francis Wong: Wojtck Trio” AIR0085
  • “Tsukasa Taiko 2013” AIR0084

2012

  • “TOYOAKIMOTO”, AIR0083 with Chizuru Kineya

2011

  • “Gintenkai: Amy Homma & Tsukasa Taiko: AIR0081

2010

  • Jonathan Chen Orchestra Returns” Asian Improv Records: AIR0079 (Duet withTatsu Aoki)
  • “Early Abstractions: Francis Wong Trio ESTRADA Records

2009

  • “Three Big Guys plus One” Asian Improrv Records AIR0078
  • “Fred Anderson Trio – Birthday Live 2000”, Asian Improv Records AIR0075

2008

  • “Fred Anderson Quartet Live Vol. 3, Asian Improv Records, AIR0074
  • “SORI” (Duet with Dohee Lee) Asian Improv Records, AIR0073
  • “MIYUMI PROJECT Live in Poland” Southport Records, SSD0125

2007

  • “Jonathan Chen Orchestra” Asian Improv Records: AIR0072 (Duet withTatsu Aoki)

2006

  • “re:ROOTED – the MIYUMI PROJECT” Southport Records: SSD0122

2005

  • “First Look” Southport Records: SSD0112 (Duet with Roscoe Mitchell)
  • “Ancient Pine” Southport Records: SSD0111 (Duet with Tim O’Dell)

2005

  • “Basser Live II” Asian Improv Records: AIR0067 (Solo bass music with JASC Tsukasa Taiko)
  • “Graphic Evidence” Asian Improv Records: AIR0066 (with Francis Wong and Jason Kao Hwang)

2004

  • “Trio City 2” Southport Records: SSD0108

2003

  • “Posture of Reality” Asian Improv Records: AIR0065(Duet with Wu Man)
  • “Fred Anderson: Back at the Velvet Lounge” Demark Records: DG549
    (Fred Anderson, Maurice Brown, Jeff Parker, Chad Taylor, etc)

2002

  • “A Symphony of Cities” Southport Records: SSD0096 (Duet with Famoudou Don Moye)
  • “TRIO” Melungeon Records (with Joseph Jarman and Robbie Hunsinger)

2001

  • “Fred Anderson: On the Run” Delmark Records: DG534 (Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake/Tatsu Aoki)
  • “ROOTED: ORIGINS OF NOW – The MIYUMI PROJECT BIG BAND” Southport Records: SSD0092
  • “milk and participants – Tri-Color” Atavistic (Jeff Parker/Dave Pavkovic/Tatsu Aoki)

2000

  • “The MIYUMI Project” Southport Records: S-SSD0078
    (Mwata Bowden/Patti Adachi/Hide Yoshihashi/Paul Kim/Robbie Hunsinger/Tatsu Aoki)
  • “Fred Anderson Quartet Volume II” Asian Improv Records: AIR0054
    (Fred Anderson/Hamid Drake/Jeff Parker/Tatsu Aoki)
  • “Basser Live” Asian Improv Records: AIR0046
    (Solo Bass Music with special guest Paul Kim/John Sagami)

1999

  • “mirth + feckless – Tri-Color” Atavistic: alpl08cd
    (Jeff Parker/Dave Pavkovic/Tatsu Aoki)
  • “Fred Anderson Quartet Volume One” Asian Improv Records: AIR0049
    (Fred Anderson/Bill Brimfield/Chad Taylor/Tatsu Aoki)
  • “2 X 4” Southport Records: S-SSD
    (Duet with Malachi Favors)
  • “Power Trio Live” Asian Improv Records: AIR0040
    (Aoki/Bowden/Phillard Trio)

1998

  • “Finally Elijah” Southport Records: S-SSD0051
    (Elijah Levi and Aoki Quartet)

1997

  • “FRED – Chicago Chamber Music” Southport Records: S-SSD0043
    (A double disc release with Fred Anderson/Afifi Phillard/Tatsu Aoki
  • “Live at Blue Rider Theatre” IEL Records: IEL0004 (Solo bass music)
  • “Eigen” IEL Records: IEL0003 (Solo bass music)
  • “red fire ant trio live in Iowa City” Toe CD 117 (Aoki/Pavkovic/O’Dell Trio)

1996

  • “Urban Reception” Southport Records: S-SSD0039
    (Aoki/Wong/Pavkovic Trio)
  • “FIRE – Von Freeman” Southport Records: S-SSD0035
    (Ensemble work with Von Freeman, etc.)
  • “Actual Music” Toe Inc.: Toe CD 116
    (Duet work with Dave Pavkovic)

1995

  • “CHICAGO TIME CODE” Asian Improv Records: AIR0019
    (Duet work with Francis Wong)
  • “Strange Familiar” BOOKish Inc.: SF101
    (Duet work with Lynn Book)
  • “If it wasn’t for Paul” Southport Records: S-SSD 0034
    (Duet work with Bradley Parker-Sparrow)

1994

  • “KIOTO” Asian Improv Records: AIR0017(Solo bass music)

1993

  • “Avant Bass Live” IEL Records: IEL0793
    (Solo bass music)
  • “Needless to Say…” Sound Aspects Records: SASCD047
    (Solo bass music)
  • “Lynn Book & Tatsu Aoki – Selected Works” IEL Records: cassette only

1992

  • “Depressingly Happy” IEL Records: IEL09190429 (Solo bass music)

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As A Producer

As a producer, Aoki has produced over 30 albums, including the legendary Max Roach and Jon Jang’s “Beijing Trio”, as well as projects in the hip hop arena, and a number of other projects in the Asian Pacific American arts, such as film and concert series.

  • Beijing Trio / Jon Jang, Jiebing Chen, Max Roach
  • Gathering of Ancestors / Francis Wong
  • Sounds Like 1996: Asian American Artists
  • Experimental Tokyo

“Generally, Western music is very bad at adapting. A majority of the time, that Asian instrumentation is customized for the Western idea. I wanted to reverse that in The Miyumi Project.”
– TATSU AOKI