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Jazz Triangle 65-77: Jazz Triangle 65-77

Read "Jazz Triangle 65-77" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Jazz Triangle 65-77 is a New York-based chamber jazz trio made up of flutist Haruna Fukazawa, acoustic guitarist Shu Odamura and bassist Aki Yamamoto. They are all Japanese and have musical backgrounds in both jazz and classical music: there is a definite classical tinge to their composing and arranging. Bassist Yamamoto is responsible for the majority of the compositions and arrangements, and the set opens with his “Arbitration," a sprightly Latin tune that serves as an inviting introduction to the ...

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Shu Odamura: Cloud Illusions

Read "Cloud Illusions" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Guitarist/composer Shu Odamura was born in Kyoto, Japan; graduated from the Berklee College of Music; and now lives in New York. He plays this all original set on nylon string guitar (despite the photo with electric guitar in the album liners) in a trio with bassist Yoshiki Yamada and drummer Yutaka Uchida. “Rain" opens the set with an upbeat feel and a memorable melody. It has a contemporary jazz sound, which doesn't stop Odamura and Yamada from trading fours (then ...

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Nobuki Takamen: From Now On

Read "From Now On" reviewed by Dave Major


Breaking into the jazz scene as a guitarist is a tough move, with the icons of old standing reverently on high shelves, and the next big thing always out there somewhere awaiting discovery. While debut albums can impress and amaze, it's the follow-ups which cause genuine excitement. From Now On, the second release by Japanese guitarist Nobuki Takamen certainly does that.While Takamen has prodigious technique at his disposal to spare, From Now On never forces it in your ...


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