The Miyumi Project includes some topflight Chicago improvisers. Bassist Tatsu Aoki’s the founder and director of the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival and has produced the Asian American Jazz Orchestra’s Far East Suite. Multi-instrumentalists Mwate Bowden and Robbie Hunsinger are equally good players, particularly Bowden on baritone. As with recent Windy City releases from such labels as Delmark, the Miyumi Project’s music features compositions dominated by multiple rhythms and stark melodies. The tunes are anchored by two, sometimes three drummers providing both set and constantly changing patterns, while Bowden and Hunsinger weave in and out of the tapestry, and Aoki maintains a central pace from his bass position.
Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.