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Eri has also been dedicated to the art of solo piano, moving audiences with her renditions of her own compositions and her spontaneous improvisations. Her most recent release, “Live in Benicàssim,” captures her 2017 solo piano concert in that picturesque Spanish town. It is her first solo piano album, and her eleventhrecording under her own name. Eri was born in Osaka, Japan, and began playing classical piano at age three. She started composing when only eight years old, and studied voice, viola, and composition through her high school and college years. In 1995, she visited New York for the first time, and by chance heard Tommy Flanagan performing

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Japanese Iconoclasts - Part 1

Read "Japanese Iconoclasts - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In addition to offering a safe haven and an enthusiastic audience for international jazz players, Japan has a vibrant local scene which features musicians that approach jazz without necessarily being encumbered by its tradition, and infuse it with their own cultural traditions and generally post-modern attitude. So let's dive into the fun and varied ...

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Whit Dickey: Morph

Read "Morph" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Two players on Morph, Matthew Shipp and Nate Wooley, hardly need an introduction to those who venture into free jazz or experimental waters. But the leader, free jazz drummer Whit Dickey, is more of an enigma. Though prolific, his credits are more often in a supporting role. Dickey has been working with Shipp for nearly four ...

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A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 3

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 3" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The suggestions from musicians eager to share, in these trying times, the music they turn to when they need to uplift or sooth their souls keep pouring in. Here's the third volume of this immuno-booster jazz mix-tape series, featuring a compelling mix of jazz masters, contemporary jazz guitar heroes, latin tinge, soul and new gospel.

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New Music from Gil, Vandermark, and Yamamoto

Read "New Music from Gil, Vandermark, and Yamamoto" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This show brings together an eclectic mix of releases from 2019.The featured album is from exciting Spanish guitarist Arnua Gil whose debut bridges the divide between rock and jazz with ease.There is also music from Ken Vandermark's first large ensemble recording in more than four years. The band is called Entr'acte and ...

Goshu Ondo Suite

Label: AUM Fidelity
Released: 2019
Track listing: Goshu Ondo Suite: Part 1 – Part 7; Echo of Echo.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eri Yamamoto Trio & Choral Chameleon: Goshu Ondo Suite

Read "Goshu Ondo Suite" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Modern jazz combined with choral vocals has not been in vogue during the genre's varied history. Some notable recordings such as drummer Max Roach's It's Time (Impulse, 1962) and trumpeter Donald Byrd's melding of jazz with spiritual vocals on A New Perspective (Blue Note, 1964) were prolific outings of this ilk. And on Byrd's album, the ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

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

Read "Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

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

Read "Big in Japan, Part 2: Osaka & the Eri Yamamoto Connection" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

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

Read "Big in Japan: A History of Jazz in the Land of the Rising Sun, Part 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 | Part 2The 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 ...


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