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ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously

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In the first two parts of this series we looked at the origins of jazz in Japan and its adherence to the American style of composing, arranging and playing. Though jazz has been popular in Japan from the earliest days, it was--as in the United States--hardly met with unanimous approval in a country that prized classical ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan, Part 2: Osaka & the Eri Yamamoto Connection

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Part 1 | Part 2

In Part 1 of Big in Japan we looked at the early history of jazz music in that country--a history that dates back to the same time frame as the Jazz Age in the United States. The influence of American dance music was indisputable but it came to Japan ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2

The music market in Japan--second only to the U.S. in terms of revenue--generates more than two-billion dollars in sales annually. Enthusiasts and collectors of jazz recordings had long ago discovered that Japan's robust music scene, and the now virtual accessibility to products have made the country a go-to resource for ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Orange&Blue, and a glance at NYC's Downtown Jazz Scene

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Orange and blue are two complimentary colors that go especially well together. They are also the colors that have inspired the music featured in this episode of Mondo Jazz, to celebrate Radio Free Brooklyn's move into its gorgeous orange and blue studio.

This episode of Mondo Jazz also features an exclusive interview with the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Eri Yamamoto: The Poet’s Touch

Read "Eri Yamamoto: The Poet’s Touch" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

One of the many places to go if you want to listen to jazz in New York is Arthur's Tavern. The special thing about that place is not that it is a jazz bar, but the fact that the same piano trio has played there for nearly 20 years. The name of the trio is Eri ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eri Yamamoto Trio: Life

Read "Life" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Le note biografiche ci raccontano che Eri Yamamoto a tre anni suonava musica classica al pianoforte, a otto anni componeva brani, successivamente arricchiva il proprio curriculum con lo studio della viola, della voce e della composizione. Un vero e proprio enfant prodige che durante il primo viaggio negli Stati Uniti assiste casualmente ad una esibizione di ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matthew Shipp Trio: Piano Song

Read "Piano Song" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Depending on your perspective, tradition can both be a blessing and a burden. Especially in jazz, it is hard to say something new and this is true as well when it comes to the noble art of the piano trio. Thelonious Monk has been there, Bill Evans has been there and Cecil Taylor has been there--just ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases Of 2016

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The world seems more uncertain than ever before, but in times of uncertainty, music provides comfort and a hope that it is actually possible to communicate across borders, whether they be physical or psychological.

Among the releases that caught my attention this year, the one that meant most to me by far is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eri Yamamoto Trio: Life

Read "Life" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Tourist guides to jazz in New York often recommend the same venues like The Village Vanguard, Birdland and Blue Note, but there is a place known by true connoisseurs that should be the point of destination for everyone wanting to experience a real working trio with one of the most interesting pianists in contemporary jazz.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

David Ambrosio / Russ Meissner: Moments in Time

Read "Moments in Time" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

For a long time, bassist David Ambrosio has been a vital part of the jazz scene in New York City and his playing has been documented on many releases, including the wonderful trio recordings by pianist Eri Yamamoto.

In 2014, a new chapter began in Ambrosio's story when he released his first album ...