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AUM059ERI YAMAMOTO TRIO...In Each Day, Something Good. .eviews



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1 .Attraction of the Moon .7.44 (MP3 Excerpt)
2 .Secret Link
.5.37 (MP3 Excerpt)
3 .Every Day .6.28
4 .We'll Figure Out Blues .5.47 (MP3 Excerpt)
5 .Blue in Tunisia .6.15
6 .I Was Born . 6.44

7 .A Little Suspicious .4.41
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.Let's Eat, Then Everything Will Be OK .4.54
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.A Little Escape .4.52 (MP3 Excerpt)
10 .Sheep Song .7.35 (MP3 Excerpt)

All compositions by Eri Yamamoto, Jane Street Music (ASCAP)

ERI YAMAMOTO's Website

Eri Yamamoto: piano, compositions
David Ambrosio: bass
Ikuo Takeuchi: drums

Produced by Eri Yamamoto and Steven Joerg
Recorded and mixed live by Michael Marciano at Systems Two Studio
Brooklyn, NY on August 19, 2009

Cover artwork by Leo Yamamoto

Feature/interview in THE EPOCH TIMES (very nice!)

"Another beautiful album of deep, emotionally rich original music from this Japanese-born pianist and her trio .. A master storyteller at the keys, Yamamoto is distinctive for her warm, introspective touch, moments of joyous expansion and tunes that suck you into fully-realized worlds."
KZSU, Forrest Dylan Bryant

"With its unexpected mix of Paul Bley and Mose Allison, pianist Eri Yamamoto's aesthetic encompasses the exotic, like "Blue in Tunisia," the abstractly lyrical, like "Attraction of the Moon," and the funky, like "We'll Figure Out Blues." You can hear just how cohesive this long-standing trio are on "I Was Born," where the joyous groove is the result of everyone feeding from the same propulsive rhythmic fire. Yamamoto doesn't try to dazzle with technique. Instead, she deliberately keeps things simple, clear and to the point, thereby achieving an earthy eloquence. Bassist David Ambrosio contributes strong lines, often using tricky double-stops with casual grace. And drummer Ikuo Takeuchi delivers the kind of support that leads the way as much as it beautifully underpins the compositions and the improvisations that follow." –EXCLAIM, Glen Hall

"Everything, even the flourishes, seems tempered in the pianist's trio. But rather than muting the emotions at hand, it gives the music a sort of wisdom that explains the power of a judicious approach. In Each Day, Something Good has sunny moments, but their jaunty grooves never bar the door on passages of reflection or melancholy." –VILLAGE VOICE, Jim Macnie

"Yamamoto has a lovely touch and an active musical imagination. She uses grace notes to good effect and moves effortlessly from a spare, single-note right hand to added left-hand counterpoint and then, occasionally, to more vigorous two-handed block chords, although never according to any obvious improvisational formula. .. Overall, Yamamoto’s approach on this recording is deceptively fluid. While she plays “in the pocket” throughout and doesn’t indulge in any bravura displays, she ranges freely and widely within the parameters she establishes for herself. Consequently, each piece shines with its own interior light." –BBC.com, Bill Tilland

"As I listened to this CD I tried to think of another recent release that was at once so progressive and yet so accessible. I couldn't think of one." –JAZZ CD REVIEWS, Tony Rogers

"In Each Day is another fresh and intriguing musical statement from one of the busiest and most original jazz composers and improvisers on the scene today."THE EPOCH TIMES, Joe Bendel

"Yamamoto’s playing, unhurried and unforced, nevertheless demonstrates an active imagination and gift for melody; her improvisations avoid sweeping theatrical gestures in favor of focused introspection, in the spirit of someone who stops along the way to pore over the small details of everyday life that often elude those who hurry on." –ALL ABOUT JAZZ-NEW YORK, Tom Greenland

The year 2008 marked pianist/composer/bandleader Eri Yamamoto's rise into the consciousness of astute jazz listeners outside of NYC.  Her essential appearance on William Parker's eternal Corn Meal Dance was followed by a pair of her own luminous and critically acclaimed albums, Duologue and Redwoods.
 
Yamamoto has an amazing gift for fresh and melodically indelible compositions.  This new studio album of her all-new, all-original pieces are, as part of her recent 3-album string, nigh unmatched by her pianistic (or otherwise) peers in music. Once again these new compositions are all brought to life with ebullience and deep sensitivity by her long-running Trio partners, bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi.
 
Half of these pieces were composed as a new soundtrack suite to the 1932 silent film, ‘I Was Born, But...’, by Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu, one of the most important filmmakers in cinema history. The film deals with the unchanging human situation that we don't choose which family we're born into, and the problems that come with this. While Ozu's film is serious and sometimes heartbreaking, it also has lightness and humor; Yamamoto's compositions accentuate this emotional complexity. The other five pieces, equally compelling and far ranging in mood, were composed through capturing Eri's experiences living in NYC and her touring around the world over the last two years.

When she is not busy touring the world with her own group and/or with William Parker, the Eri Yamamoto Trio performs every Thursday/Friday/Saturday at Arthur’s Tavern, a/n historic jazz club in New York’s Greenwich Village. If you're in town, mark it & make it a point to stop in. –SJ

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Trio photo by Agnieszka Kubeczko


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