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ALBUM REVIEW

Toru Dodo: Do You Like Cappuccino?

Read "Do You Like Cappuccino?" reviewed by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Listeners who look to a musician's collegiate trajectory for elucidation on his craft may find themselves at a loss, but Toru Dodo's biography gives us something to work with right away. Prior to studying at Berklee College of Music, Dodo attended Meiji University in Tokyo, where he got a degree in Economics. His intellectual preparation seems to inform his work as a pianist in an unexpected way: Dodo has a gift for clean, sparse arrangements that never sound bloated, and ...

LIVE REVIEW

Pianist Toru Dodo and Trio at Cleopatra's Needle, NYC

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Toru Dodo Cleopatra's Needle New York, New York October 26, 2008

Japanese pianist Toru Dodo and his trio are the featured act on Sunday nights at Cleopatra's Needle, 92nd and Broadway, New York City. Dodo plays a full set, then hosts the Sunday night jam. His trio usually has bassist Joseph Lapore, but on this occasion there was a new face on bass, Yoshi Waki, along with regular drummer Rodney Green. Dodo has a ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Toru Dodo: Dodo 3

Read "Dodo 3" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

There seems to be an unshakable perception that jazz is only for old people. Accordingly, many people believe that the only jazz musicians are either old or dead. Every once in a while an artist comes along and contradicts that sort of thinking. Toru Dodo, a native of Tokyo, Japan, is a composer, pianist and arranger who began playing classical music at the age of four. A 1995 graduate of the Berklee College of Music, he moved ...

PODCAST

Toru Dodo: Tokyo Storm Warning

Read "Toru Dodo: Tokyo Storm Warning" reviewed by Jason Crane

On the new episode of The Jazz Session, Jason Crane interviews Japanese pianist Toru Dodo. Born in Tokyo, Dodo started playing piano at age 4, then gave up his dream of concert piano for the economics department at Tokyo's Meiji University. He found jazz at Meiji, and eventually came to the United States to study at Berklee College of Music. Since moving to New York City in 1998, Dodo has released three CDs and performed with Kenny Garret, Benny Golson, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Toru Dodo: Dodo 3

Read "Dodo 3" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Based on the notes of this very engrossing release, Toru Dodo has a quirky sense of humor and would get a good laugh out of Dave Barry's book, Dave Barry Does Japan. His latest recording, Dodo 3, is so full of life, happiness, humor, fine compositions and just plain good playing as to set it apart from run-of-the-mill piano trio records. Since the tunes are predominantly originals (except for Cedar Walton's “Bolivia," “My Romance," by Richard Rodgers, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Toru Dodo: Dodo 3

Read "Dodo 3" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Pianist and composer Toru Dodo was born in Tokyo in 1972 and has been living in New York for the past eleven years. Dodo3 is, as you'd suspect, his third release on the Japanese label Jazz City. This album was originally released in Japan in 2006 and was made available in the U.S. in 2007. As in the past, he records in a piano trio format, although I've previously heard him as the pianist for drummer Peter Zimmer's band.

ALBUM REVIEW

Toru Dodo: Dodo 3

Read "Dodo 3" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Japanese pianist Toru Dodo has lived in New York for over ten years. A player with a significant range and style, he's been making a splash on gigs and sessions, most recently with the Pete Zimmer Quintet (Judgment, Tippin' Records, 2006). But within his own group (a trio with bassist Joseph Lepore and drummer Rodney Green) on DoDo 3, he truly shines. The way the pianist interprets improvisation and melody is enjoyable. “Boneless and Skinless dances as ...


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