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Album Review

Kato Hideki has some impressive help on this release — among them Zeena Parkins and John Zorn. The music flows from deconstruction and soundbites to broken Asian percussion to jazzy bass grooves. Hypnotic and abandoned, Hope & Despair is a disembodied tone poem of the forgotten but still remembering. This is an ambient jazz experiment in broad-stroked moods.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Bassist Kato Hideki performed with a number of rock and improvisational outfits -- a founding member of Ground Zero, he led his own band (Bass Army on Trigram), and frequently collaborated with Tenko, Haino Keiji, and Zeena Parkins. Hideki also joined forces with Fred Frith and Ikue Mori in 1995 for the project...
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