White & Blue is a series of wide-open, freely improvised trumpet-drum duets led by Satoko Fujii’s husband, Natsuki Tamura. Aaron Alexander handles the traps on the other half. Although the rounded, half-valved smears of Lester Bowie and the brittle lyricism of Don Cherry are evident in Tamura’s performance, the most dominant influence is Leo Smith. Between his the spells of silence and the artful display of extended technique, from high-pitched squeals to lip-sputtering blurts, Tamura is clearly in thrall of Smith’s mix of rhythm and coloristic abstraction.
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