Francis Wong

Ming

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On this CD, tenor saxophonist Francis Wong sometimes plays with both the ferocity of Albert Ayler and the thoughtfulness of Sonny Rollins. Although a few themes and specific moods are utilized, much of the music is quite free. It generally succeeds due to the close musical communication between Wong, pianist Glenn Horiuchi, and percussionist Elliot Humberto Kavee, even if Horiuchi's occasional vocal shouts are quite eccentric. Because Wong also plays a bit of flute and violin and Kavee uses a wide variety of percussion (including what is listed as "dishes, pots, pans, oven rack, and kitchen sink"), even the rambling moments tend to hold one's interest. A rewarding disc.

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