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Yuma Uesaka

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Yuma Uesaka (b. 1991) is a saxophonist, clarinetist, and improviser-composer mostly known for his work in jazz and creative music. Since his arrival to New York City in 2014, Yuma quickly built a reputation for his improvisational sensibilities and his powerful sound. As an advocate for music that celebrates modernity, hybridity, and rigor, Yuma works across diverse musical communities including jazz, creative music, and new classical music. Yuma has performed at many of the notable venues in NYC such as National Sawdust, Roulette, The Jazz Gallery, Cornelia St Cafe, and Zinc Bar. He tours regularly both as a leader and as a sideman, and has performed across the US and beyond, making appearances in international festivals such as Detroit Jazz Festival (US), Lima ICPNA Jazz Festival (Peru), Otsu Jazz Festival (Japan), TU Jazz Festival (Canada), and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Festival (China)

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Streams

Label: Not Two Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Meditations; Iterations I; Streams; Capillarity; Torrent; Ma/Space.

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Idiom

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD1: Idiom I; Idiom IV; Forgotten Best; Idiom V; Idiom III; CD2: Idiom VI: Movement I; Interlude 1; Movement II; Interlude 2 and Movement III; Movement IV; Interlude 3 & Movement V; Interlude 4 & Movement VI.

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Ocelot

Label: 577 Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Daimon II; Factum; Iterations I; Post; Anemone; Contemptuality; Sequestration; Crocus.

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Ocelot: Ocelot

Read "Ocelot" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Ocelot is a trio of saxophonist Yuma Uesaka, pianist Cat Toren and drummer Colin Hinton that breaks away from the usual jazz sensibilities, playing music that unwinds laterally and slowly. The individual tracks on their CD may exist in a constant state of quiet contemplation or work up to a grand climax but they all give ...

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Yuma Uesaka and Marilyn Crispell: Streams

Read "Streams" reviewed by John Sharpe


Reedman Yuma Uesaka enlists storied pianist Marilyn Crispell to realize a splendid program of his charts on Streams. Uesaka, who was born in London and spent his early childhood in Japan, before growing up in Michigan, is making a name for himself as part of a rising generation of New York-based improvisers. While not his leadership ...

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Simulacra

Label: Panoramic
Released: 2020
Track listing: Obversify; Synesthopy (intro); Synesthopy; What Was; Breath; Slab Warmth.

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Colin Hinton: Simulacra

Read "Simulacra" reviewed by John Sharpe


It would have been a shame if drummer and composer Colin Hinton's Simulacra, released in 2019, fell through the cracks. On this, his second leadership outing in the wake of Glassbath (Snake And Cornelia, 2018), he captains a crew of current and former Brooklyn-based talent in a mysterious but satisfying set. Hinton merges compositional elements with ...

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Peter Nelson: Ash, Dust, and the Chalkboard Cinema

Read "Ash, Dust, and the Chalkboard Cinema" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Questo disco del trombonista Peter Nelson è assai particolare sia nella struttura, sia nelle ispirazioni extramusicali che hanno portato alla sua realizzazione. Nelson, originario del Michigan ove ha iniziato a cimentarsi sul trombone fin da bambino raggiungendo ottimi risultati, si è trasferito a New York, dove tuttora vive, nel 2013, e lì si è rapidamente imposto ...


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