For this exploratory, mildly avant-garde CD, tenor saxophonist Francis Wong forms a trio with electric bassist John-Carlos Perea and drummer Elliot Humberto Kavee and combines jazz with a variety of traditional forms of world music. Gathering of Ancestors, which was recorded at the Pine Street Methodist Church in San Francisco in 1998, is as introspective as it is chance-taking, and the group draws its inspiration from traditional Native American, Japanese and Chinese music as well as the music of jazz explorers like John Coltrane and Albert Ayler. "Blue Horse Special," in fact, finds Perea getting into the type of chanting one would hear at a traditional Lakota ceremony. An inside/outside approach defines much of the CD--for the most part, discernible themes and melodies are clearly stated before any of the improvisers get into outside improvisation. Those seeking something fresh-sounding from jazz should make a point of finding this CD.
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AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson