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Eri Yamamoto Trio: The Next Page

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Though recorded in a Brooklyn studio, the Eri Yamamoto Trio’s latest release is intended to approximate as closely as possible a live nightclub performance. How closely? The disc’s seventh track consists only of 60 seconds of silence, a pseudo-intermission dividing the date into two 30-minute halves. (And depending on the distance from your stereo to your refrigerator, allowing the listener to play along by grabbing a drink between sets.)

The sequencing follows the same instinct, the first half-dozen tracks being the disc’s quietest, most introspective pieces, while the “late-night set” of the second half ramps up the pace and energy a bit. Still, regardless of how they may react to actual cheering audiences, Yamamoto and her bandmates maintain a relatively subdued atmosphere, focusing on the subtle dynamics of their comfortable interplay.

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