When it comes to pushing the creative envelope, not many do it more extravagantly than Jeff Mills. Throughout his tenured career he’s accomplished a tremendous amount in the artistic field with exhibitions at Le Lourve, designing his own drum machine, and really, the list is seemingly endless. His latest endeavor? Kobe Session.
Kobe Session is a collaborative project between Jeff Mills, fellow Detroit native, Gerald Mitchell, and Japanese musicians Kenji Hino and Yumiko Ohno, in which the four artists present a stunning improvisational live performance from Japan in September 2015. Musically, Kobe Session is an inspiring body of work, but the project also serves as a cultural bridge between these respected musician. Jeff Mills and Gerald Mitchell pull their influence from their experiences with Underground Resistance and Detroit as a whole, whereas Kenji Hino and Yumiko Ohno provide drastically different influence based on their respective experiences – Ohno as one of the members of the critically acclaimed band Buffalo Daughter, and Hino from his extensive time learning from jazz legends in New York.
Kobe Session was a project originally intended to coincide with the Exhibitionist 2 DVD Series, but has evidently been deemed worthy enough to also stand on it’s own. Kobe Session will be available in May through Axis Records as a special 180 gram vinyl mastered for high fidelity sounds.
A1. Eventide (14’27”)
A2. Introductions (MC/translator: Masaaki Ishizaki) (4’26”)
B1. Happy Gamma Ray (15’11”)