For an unusual and well-crafted performance collection, the CD titled Ancient Pines is memorable. It has much enjoyment within its structure, which combines free jazz with some touches of straight-ahead. The intent is free jazz, and the stylings represent Tim O'Dell and Tatsu Aoki in top-notch form. They fit the format perfectly with their creative sounds! For the most part, these unique compositions are by composer Tim O'Dell, except for those co-written with Tatsu Aoki including the remarkable "Anticipation."
This will have special appeal to those who enjoy free jazz. This particular group of songs has a smooth, mellow approach which is enjoyable. The selection, "Ancient Pines Suite," is intense in scope and presentation, and there is much good to say about it, and its thematic structure. As a jazz selection, this is a strong entry for anywhere and anytime, and something to think about in its enjoyable sounds.
If you are looking for something in free jazz with a wide base of appeal, this is a fine example of what can be creatively expressed in this mode of jazz music. It has a wide range and a wide scope, and it entertains.
Ancient Pines will appeal to different jazz listeners for different reasons. Its added infusion of straight-ahead stylings adds to its brilliance. Highly recommended jazz fusion! Nice.