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 14 Dec 31 Nov 19
Airplays: 1 1 4

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