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Erica Lindsay / Sumi Tonooka: Initiation

Read "Initiation" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson


Long Ago Today (Artists Recording Collective, 2008), pianist Sumi Tonooka's previous release, generated two immediate reactions. First, it seemed astonishing that so singular, strong and distinctive a player could have been flying beneath the radar for so long. Second, the rhythm section--Tonooka, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Bob Braye--played with an unusual empathy that held the ...

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Erica Lindsay / Sumi Tonooka: Initiation

Read "Initiation" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


The naked emotion of Initiation can be so heartfelt at times that the urge to block out all external sound and focus solely on the music that issues out of the speakers is often overwhelming. Tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay and pianist Sumi Tonooka have made a journey here that has taken them right to the center ...

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Erica Lindsay / Sumi Tonooka: Initiation

Read "Initiation" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


While the discography of saxophonist Erica Lindsay is yet relatively modest, she still plays with the knowledge and authority of a seasoned musician. Initiation sees her teaming up with an old acquaintance, pianist Sumi Tonooka, and together they make a profoundly swinging and poetic music whose life-affirming quality it is hard to deny. ...

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Erica Lindsay / Sumi Tonooka: Initiation

Read "Initiation" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pianist Sumi Tonooka and tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay are the leaders on Initiation, having contributed five compositions each. It's the chemistry and the collective organic spontaneity of the whole quartet, however, that moves the sound into the level of top-tier excellence. Bassist Rufus Reid constructs solid, big-sound foundations, and drummer Bob Braye --who, sadly, passed away ...


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