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Elegant, thoughtfully lyrical and original jazz trio compositions from pianist Eri Yamamoto's Trio with bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi, their 7th release as a group and 3rd on Aum Fidelity.
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Label: Aum Fidelity
Catalog ID: AUM 071CD
Squidco Product Code: 15791
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Recorded live by Michael Marciano at Systems Two Studio, Brooklyn on October 11th, 2011.
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Eri Yamamoto Pianist/ Composer
Since moving to the United States in 1995, Eri Yamamoto has established herself as one of jazz's most original and compelling pianists and composers. Jazz legend Herbie Hancock has said, "My hat's off to her... already she's found her own voice."
The Eri Yamamoto Trio has developed a unique sound and repertoire, and has built a strong following in New York and abroad. They have recently toured the U. S., Canada, Europe, and Japan, with appearances at major festivals in Jazz en Raffale, Canada; Cheltenham, England; Terrassa, Spain; Bray/Derry, Ireland; Time Zones in Bari, Italy; and Shiga, Japan. Eri has also been collaborating with such creative and celebrated musicians as William Parker, Daniel Carter, Hamid Drake, Federico Ughi, and Yves Léveillé.
In 2009, Eri composed trio music to accompany the 1932 silent film by the master director, Yasujiro Ozu, I Was Born But... This music was premiered in a festival in Munich, Germany, and five of the songs appear on her CD, In Each Day, Something Good.
In 2012 release, her latest trio CD, The Next Page on AUM Fidelity Label is her eighth CD as a leader. Her ten new compositions evoke a wide range of images and moods, inspired by moments of grace in her daily life, and her encounters of natural beauty at home and throughout her travels.
Eri has also developed a personal voice as a solo pianist, and has moved audiences with her renditions of her own compositions and her spontaneous improvisations. In 2008, she gave a nine-concert solo tour of Italy to popular and critical acclaim. She has also given solo concerts in Japan and the United States.
Since 2009, Eri has had a special collaboration with French-Canadian pianist
Yves Léveillé, performing at several concerts and clubs throughout Canada.
In 2010, they released a CD, Pianos, that features 10 of their original compositions in duo and solo settings. They added multi-reed virtuoso Paul McCandless to their ensemble, and recently toured Canada, where they deeply moved audiences with their lyrical and compelling music.
Eri was born in Osaka, Japan, and began playing classical piano at age three. She started composing when only eight years old, and studied voice, viola, and composition through her high school and college years. In 1995, she visited New York for the first time, and by chance heard Tommy Flanagan performing. She was so inspired by her first experience of a jazz piano trio that she decided on the spot to move to New York and dedicate herself to learning jazz.
Later that year, Eri entered the New School University's prestigious jazz program, where she studied with Reggie Workman, Junior Mance, and LeeAnn Ledgerwood. In 1999, while still in school, she started playing regularly at the Avenue B Social Club, a popular spot among jazz musicians in the East Village. There she developed a musical friendship with fellow pianist Matthew Shipp.
Since 2000, Eri's trio has been appearing regularly at Arthur's Tavern, a historic jazz club in New York's Greenwich Village. In addition to her European performances, she has performed at the Hartford International Jazz Festival, An Die Musik in Baltimore, and Lincoln Center Summer Festival in New York City.
Eri has appeared on two William Parker recordings, Luc' s Lantern and Corn Meal Dance, and has performed in Italy, Holland, Norway, Tunisia and Portugal with his trio and sextet. She has also worked with such musical luminaries as Ron McClure, Andy McKee, Lewis Barns, Rob Brown, Leena Conquest, Butch Morris, Arthur Kell, Kevin Tkacs, and Whit Dickey.
Finally, Eri is a gifted educator. She received her master of music in education and composition from Shiga University, Japan. She has taught private lessons and workshops to jazz musicians of all instruments from the U. S., Japan, Europe, and North Africa.
Eri Yamamoto bio, p. 2-Eri Yamamoto Website (http://www.eriyamamoto.com/epk/bio.pdf)
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1. Sparkle Song 6:30
2. Whiskey River 6:46
3. Just Walking 7:57
4. Night Shadows 6:05
5. Green Grows 5:44
6. The Next Page 5:55
7. Thank you, we'll be right back for the second set. (60 seconds of silence) 1:00
8. Up and Down 7:58
9. Dark Blue Sky 6:11
10. Waver 5:41
11. Catch the Clouds 5:16
12. Swimming Song 5:36
sample the album:
"It has been two years since Eri Yamamoto's last album of wonderfully melodious songs! She has been busy playing for rapt audiences across Europe and Japan, as well as the U.S. and Canada. Folks around the world get effusive when they hear her music, and that is an organically beautiful reality. Ms. Yamamoto has also been busy writing, and The Next Page presents a treasure trove of all new compositions.Swinging eloquence, luminous lyricism, a deep rapport with her long-standing trio, and refreshingly original material are the key factors to this music. She breathes new life into the jazz piano trio format every time she plays. Because there was so much new material when it came time to record, it was decided to format this album as two distinct sets, akin to hearing her live in a jazz club, with a short break in between. While it was recorded in highest fidelity sound at Systems Two Studio in Brooklyn, the presentation is based on her regular engagement at Arthur's Tavern, NYC - every Thu, Fri, Sat night - which is a supreme rarity for a jazz (or any genre!) group in the modern era, as well as her popular appearances at Cornelia Street Café, NYC.
Eri's inspiration for the songs spring from moments of grace that transpire in her daily life, both while traversing New York City and through exquisite moments of natural beauty experienced in her world travels. Her trio has been working together for 16 years (another supreme rarity in jazz) and this is their 7th album (the 3rd successive on AUM Fidelity, following on the glowing Redwoods and In Each Day, Something Good ; all preceded by Eri's singular Duologue !). This album moves their music forward onto The Next Page. Joy remains the aim!"-Aum Fidelity
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Piano Trio (Piano Bass Drums)
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