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The Aoki/Wong/Pavkovic Trio: Urban Reception

Chicago-based bassist/percussionist Tatsu Aoki, tenor sax/clarinetist Francis Wong, and drummer/ percussionist Dave Pavkovic form a sonically daring trio that combines strains of mainstream, avant garde styles with Asian motifs into a musical conception that ranges from the Rollinseque tenor-bass-drum 20 minute-plus title track, to the pastoral yokobue and erhu bamboo flutes on “Butterfly Swing” and “Welcome Home.” With this recording Aoki and company may be giving us a preview of jazz in the 21st century.

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