Japanese born NY based pianist Eri Yamamoto, part of William Parker's Raining on the Moon ensemble, in an album of duos with Parker, Federico Ughi, Hamid Drake, and Daniel Carter.
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Label: Aum Fidelity
Catalog ID: AUM 048CD
Squidco Product Code: 9870
Recorded by Michael Marciano at Systems Two Studio, Brooklyn, NY on January 10, 2008
Hamid Drake-frame drum
Daniel Carter-alto, tenor sax
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1. Thank You 8:27
2. Conversation. 6:29
3. Subway Song 4:58
4. Circular Movement 7:10
5. Violet Sky 8:13
6. Midtown Blues 4:25
7. Muse 5:49
8. You Are Welcome 4:25
All compositions by Eri Yamamoto
Related Categories of Interest:
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
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"Eri Yamamoto moved to NYC from Japan a little over a decade ago. A classically trained piano prodigy, she initially came just to visit her sister, but after hearing Tommy Flanagan perform in trio in Central Park, Eri had a momentous revelation that her future would be with jazz. On our first hearing her play, it was evident that her passion had been ignited, that her devotion to learning was pure, and that the musical gifts which would allow her to add to the stream of jazz beauty were plentiful.
When William Parker came to record his first album of compositions for piano trio, he chose Eri to occupy that seat (Luc's Lantern in 2005). He then brought her into his Raining On The Moon ensemble, and the wisdom of that decision is in full evidence on their recent album, Corn Meal Dance. She fully impressed Matthew Shipp as well, who brought her to the Blues Series/Thirsty Ear label to record her most recent trio album Cobalt Blue in 2006.
Duologue is Eri Yamamoto's first album as a leader outside of the piano trio format. Each piece was composed by her specifically with each duo partner in mind (Daniel Carter, William Parker, Hamid Drake, Federico Ughi) and each piece is informed and suffused by their respective musical/personal essences. Eri writes incredibly beautiful songs. Contemplative, jubilant, mesmerizing songs. Songs which we've found increasingly rewarding with each successive listen. Her improvisations within them, guided by the rhythm as much as the melody, are invitingly exploratory. We're proud as ever to present this great work from an especially gifted new creative entity, in communion with already established masters of the form of music which brings forth beauty through sound."-Aum Fidelity
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"William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City, heralded by The Village Voice as, "the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time."
In addition to recording over 150 albums, he has published six books and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists.
Parker's current bands include the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, In Order to Survive, Raining on the Moon, Stan's Hat Flapping in the Wind, and the Cosmic Mountain Quartet with Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, and Cooper-Moore. Throughout his career he has performed with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Milford Graves, and David S. Ware, among others."-William Parker Website (http://www.williamparker.net/)
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"Hamid Drake (born August 3, 1955) is an American jazz drummer and percussionist. He lives in Chicago, IL but spends a great deal of time touring worldwide. By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and avant improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free-jazz improvisers. Drake also has performed world music; by the late 70s, he was a member of Foday Musa Suso's Mandingo Griot Society and has played reggae throughout his career.
Drake has worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Archie Shepp and David Murray and bassists Reggie Workman and William Parker (in a large number of lineups)
He studied drums extensively, including eastern and Caribbean styles. He frequently plays without sticks; using his hands to develop subtle commanding undertones. His tabla playing is notable for his subtlety and flair. Drake's questing nature and his interest in Caribbean percussion led to a deep involvement with reggae."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamid_Drake)
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