With nearly two decades of musical collaboration behind them, these two sonic explorers took over the vacant top floor of the historic Woolworth’s building in downtown Bakersfield on February 17, 2023 to record this focused and deeply contemplative set of improvisations. The recording has been carefully engineered to preserve the extraordinary live acoustics and the natural reverb of the all-concrete space.
"An intimate setting leads to an intimate recording from the duo of Kris Tiner and Tatsuya Nakatani. Situated in a concrete room in a historical building, the trumpeter and percussionist interact as much with the open space as they do with one another, their sounds slowly filling the room while simultaneously entering a state of sonic unity. A sense of peacefulness prevails over all, and its periodic spikes in volatility are similar to the way the noisy chatter of crickets and owls actively contribute to the serenity of a moonlit night."
– Dave Sumner, The Best Jazz on Bandcamp, August 2023
"The music is deeply introspective, even in its louder moments, and is simply beautiful. The subtle drama of Tiner’s spare and well-paced lines take on sharp definition in the room; they float over and around Nakatani’s nimble counterpoint... Tiner and Nakatani prove themselves to be perfectly matched in this set of transportive music."
– Daniel Barbiero, Avant Music News
"Trumpeter/flugelhornist Kris Tiner and percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani occupied a vacant Bakersfield Woolworth's to address its unique acoustics, and the walls spoke back. Buildings absorb the emotions of their occupants; it requires only two such seasoned listeners to open a conversation. We hear the loneliness of the desert, the wrangle of dispute, the elbowing of holiday sales, the hopes, the failures, the saws of renovations that have passed their hours on this stage since the store was opened in 1949. And of course, Tiner and Nakatani converse with each other as well, making themselves members of an infinite ensemble. A very human experience."
– Greg Burk, MetalJazz
released August 4, 2023
Kris Tiner - trumpet and flugelhorn
Tatsuya Nakatani - percussion
Recorded and mixed by Brian Boozer, Aum Studio Productions.
Photos by Brian Boozer, design by Kris Tiner.
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