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Hwang, Jason Kao / Edge
Album:Edge Collection:Jazz
Artist:Hwang, Jason Kao Added:Oct 2006
Label:Asian Improv Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2006-11-12 Pull Date:2007-01-14 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Jan 14Dec 31Nov 19

 Recent Airplay
1.Mar 26, 2011:Music Casserole
4.Nov 17, 2006:Memory Select
Parallel Meditations
2.Jan 12, 2007:Memory Select
No Myth
5.Nov 17, 2006:Carrots & Sticks... But Mostly Sticks
3.Dec 29, 2006:Memory Select
Grassy Hills
6.Nov 16, 2006:Cognitive Overload
No Myth

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-11-03 
Exciting jazz and Asian music hybrid, in a suite from a quartet led by violin (Hwang) and trumpet. Good tense energy and strong rhythms with touches of ethnic flavor -- really nice, dramatic stuff with some wild soloing, particularly by Hwang. Quite accessible, although there's plenty of adventure and experimentation along the way. Play any track.

1- After a brief intro: Pulsing, rhythmic space with dense, twiny violin and trumpet soloing. Exciting stuff at a brisk pace. Second half cools down a bit.

2- Clangy, stern dance, definite Asian-music influence. Mid/fast and halting. Slows in the middle but builds back up.

3- Opens with strong bass/violin duo, mysterious. Into joyous fast solos: slashing, evil-grin violin and jazzy trumpet.

4- Slows things down a bit. Develops a calmly jazzy groove after about 4 minutes. Second half includes a dark midtempo groove with some nice violin soloing. Ends sternly.

Track Listing
1.No Myth 3.Parallel Meditations
2.Threads 4.Grassy Hills