116

Yuko Fujiyama Quartet: Re-entry

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Yuko Fujiyama Quartet: Re-entry Re-entry is a really great album, but it has a fatal flaw: the leader, pianist Yuko Fujiyama, disappears deep in the crevasses of the left channel. If for nothing else, this record deserves attention as a failure of engineering. Producer Robert Rusch ironically hits it right on the head when he offers up some (ironic but unrelated) poetry on "If Words":

"I'd rather be mute."

Fortunately, the other three musicians on Re-entry do a spectacular job. Basically Re-entry comes across as a Roy Campbell record, since his voice is the most prominent one on the recording. And as far as I'm concerned, one can only benefit by turning up the Roy Campbell. He's at his cleverest and most probing here: sharp around the edges. Recent Campbell releases have been a bit mixed, so it's nice to hear him glow so brightly on Re-entry.

Fujiyama offers a few nice clustery, rhythmically complex performances at the piano. When Campbell sits out and she steps into solo territory, you get the sense of an intelligent improviser who's actively striving to break new ground. High praise for Fujiyama, if we could only hear more of her (and yes, fortunately, the piano does become more audible during fortissimo passages).

As for the rhythm section, Morris and Nicholson are past the point of telepathic intuition, so they create some monumental landscapes here. Not to dismiss the obvious, but you don't have to think much about that one to know in advance that these two guys are gonna fit hand-in-glove.

The moods on Re-entry cover a wide range, from contemplative stillness to high- voltage electricity. Each tune goes after things from a slightly different angle, so one must respect the Fujiyama's compositional finesse. Come at this record with open ears and you'll agree that the leader of Re-Entry deserves more attention (and certainly a more prominent level in the mix). Keep your eyes out for this emerging star, only two years on wax. Fujiyama has quite a few interesting things to say.

Visit CIMP on the web.


Track Listing: Synaesthesis 1; Synaesthesis 2; Mr. Kim; Mellow Time; Whirl; If Words; Repetition; Re-Entry; Sadness Is.

Personnel: Yuko Fujiyama: piano; Roy Campbell: trumpet; Wilber Morris: bass; Reggie Nicholson: drums; Robert Rusch: voice (6).

| Record Label: CIMP Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Collectables" CD/LP/Track Review Collectables
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 2, 2016
Read "Iceland" CD/LP/Track Review Iceland
by Dave Wayne
Published: May 21, 2016
Read "Till They Lay Me Down" CD/LP/Track Review Till They Lay Me Down
by Roger Farbey
Published: December 5, 2016
Read "Steelonious" CD/LP/Track Review Steelonious
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: December 6, 2016
Read "Breaking Point" CD/LP/Track Review Breaking Point
by Glenn Astarita
Published: June 10, 2016
Read "Oscar, with Love" CD/LP/Track Review Oscar, with Love
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 19, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!