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Eri Yamamoto Trio & Choral Chameleon: Goshu Ondo Suite (AUM Fidelity)

A review of the album featuring the pianist-led trio and choir

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Eri Yamamoto Trio & Choral Chameleon, Goshu Ondo Suite
The cover of Goshu Ondo Suite by Eri Yamamoto Trio & Choral Chameleon

Although traditional folk songs have been a favorite source for classical composers from Brahms to Bartók, they don’t have a corresponding place in the jazz canon. And that’s a pity, as pianist and composer Eri Yamamoto makes plain with her Goshu Ondo Suite.

Composed for choir and jazz trio, it’s based around a traditional circle-dance song that’s performed at festivals in the Shiga prefecture of Japan. Typically, “Goshu Ondo” is performed in a call-and-response format, with a leader singing the main lyrics and the crowd answering key lines. Although shamisen (or, these days, electric guitar) is often used for accompaniment, the main interplay is between the voices and taiko drums.

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J.D. Considine

J.D. Considine has been writing about jazz and other forms of music since 1977. His work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Musician, Spin, Vibe, Blender, Revolver, and Guitar World. He was music critic at the Baltimore Sun for 13 years, and jazz critic at the Globe and Mail for nine. He has lived in Toronto since 2001.