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Natsuki Tamura Quartet: In The Tank

Read "In The Tank" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

In a drifting and amorphous way, the sound on In The Tank feels as elemental as a delta blues; the opener, “Walking Squid," comes to life on a spare, tinny plucking of strings, like something you'd hear from Son House or Robert Johnson. Whether the plucking comes from a guitar or from Satoko Fujii reaching inside ...



Label: NatSat Music
Released: 2004
Track listing: Entrance, Endanger, Eliminate, Expired, Exit


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Natsuki Tamura Quartet: Exit

Read "Exit" reviewed by Jim Santella

With his new electric quartet, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura explores a wider range of possibilities in the name of free jazz. Synthesized electronic moods and spiritual trumpet echoes recall the hubbub over the way Miles Davis ushered in the 1970s with fusion. Now, in a new century of improvised music, Tamura turns loose the ties ...


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Natsuki Tamura Quartet: Exit

Read "Exit" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Making music with a commercial appeal has probably never entered trumpeter Natsuki Tamura's mind. He follows his muse, and she takes him to uncharted territories.Last year's Hada Hada may be the most intense set of jazz sounds--Electric, with that capital “E"--you'll likely enounter, a plugged-in fifty thousand watt hurricane of a CD; while this ...


Hada Hada

Released: 2003
Track listing: Hada Hada; Incident; Kagero; Mizore; Explorer; Satero; Utage; Jyonk.


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Natsuki Tamura Quartet: Hada Hada

Read "Hada Hada" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Listening to the new release by Japanese trumpeter Natsuki Tamura's Quartet reminds me of the line Roy Scheider delivered in the movie Jaws when he gets his first glimpse at the great white shark he is pursuing. In a deadpan look of shock, he utters, “we have to get a bigger boat.” Perhaps ...


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