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

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 … Read More “Eri Yamamoto Trio & Choral Chameleon: Goshu Ondo Suite (AUM Fidelity)”

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Eri Yamamoto Trio: Firefly

On the surface, Japanese pianist Eri Yamamoto may be the most conventional artist on the intrepid AUM Fidelity label. Yet there are virtues in Yamamoto’s music that are rarely heard elsewhere. One is the depth of her rapport with a rhythm section that has gigged with her regularly for over 13 years, making whole a … Read More “Eri Yamamoto Trio: Firefly”

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Eri Yamamoto Trio: The Next Page

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 … Read More “Eri Yamamoto Trio: The Next Page”

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