Using Gato Libre's music as the direction for his first solo album since 2004, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura releases an album of powerful and personal playing with a surreal flow of ideas, impish humor, and restrained joy.
Released in: Japan
"It's been nearly a decade since Natsuki Tamura's last solo album, 2004's KoKoKoKe (MTCJ). On Dragon Nat, Tamura documents a critical time in his artistic development and takes a fresh look at some of his recent compositions. "I think that recently there have been changes in my soloing," he says. "So I thought I should make a recording of this period in my music. I wanted to make some solo music based on Gato Libre's songs. This provides a musical direction for the whole CD."
Fans of Gato Libre, Tamura's folk-influenced acoustic quartet, which feature Fjuii on accordion, will recognize some of the compositions on the album, as well as the slightly surreal flow of ideas, impish humor, and restrained joy of the band's music. At first blush, the music seems straightforward, but the familiar face of the music often masks decidedly unconventional twists and turns. For example, "Shirt," the title track of Gato Libre's 2010 album, is a modest, but deeply felt melody. Tamura's improvisation on "Shiro" filters melodic improvisation through a lens of unusual textures and timbres. "Dialogue" balances simple lines, silence, and pure sound. the title track makes stately progress through pure sonic exploration, songlike melody, and speech-like phrases that break up the momentum in startling ways. Much of the album is serene and subdued, but "In Berlin, In September" (first heard on Gato Libre's 2006 album Nomad) strikes a brassier, bolder tone and "Wunderbar" integrates voice, percussion, and trumpet into a disjointed, abstract sonic excursion. It is a mark of Tamura's complete musical freedom that diverse elements can co-exist so harmoniously in his musical conception.
"When I play in groups, my playing sometimes goes to some other world which is different from my idea, which is not necessarily bad," Tamura says. "When I play solo, it's easier to be in my idea, but I have to be careful not to be dull. And I have to watch out that I don't keep too much in the same atmosphere." "-Brathwaite & Katz
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Recorded on September 21st, 2012 by Mike Marciano at Systems Two, NY.
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1. Shiro 5:52
2. Dragon Nat 3:58
3. Forever 6:35
4. Dialogue 12:22
5. In Berlin, In September 6:47
6. Wunderbar 4:01
7. World 4:38
8. Matsuri 5:28