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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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The Living Collection

Label: American Dreams
Released: 2023
Track listing: It Wants; Its Furious Place; Again, All; Floral And Full; Of Appearance; Full Of Its Fourth Wall; Its Silvery After-Tomorrow; And Ramping-Up Now; Quite A Spectacular Dusk.

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Article: Album Review

Lesley Mok: The Living Collection

Read "The Living Collection" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Percussionist and composer Lesley Mok is a restless explorer who has also been called a sound artist. However, that designation does not give a full picture of her creative vision. Mok deftly maintains the singular balance between the notated and the improvised as well as abstraction and accessibility, thus breaking out of narrow genreist designations, to ...

Article: Album Review

Yuma Uesaka, Marilyn Crispell: Streams

Read "Streams" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


La grande ed esperta pianista Marilyn Crispell incontra in questo lavoro il giovane e talentuoso sassofonista e clarinettista di origini giapponesi Yuma Uesaka per dar vita a un album caratterizzato dall'equilibrata alternanza di scrittura e improvvisazione, lirismo e libertà. La Crispell ha lavorato con molti dei più importanti maestri del jazz e dell'improvvisazione—da Anthony ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tony Malaby, Tania Gill & The Gathering

Read "Tony Malaby, Tania Gill & The Gathering" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


I decided to lay out for most of this last episode of 2021 and just let the music roll. There are a couple of new releases in the mix, one from Tony Malaby and a somewhat revamped Sabino and Toronto pianist Tania Gill's Disappearing Curiosities. Definitely check out the great singer, Dwight Trible, and his rendition ...

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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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Article: Radio & Podcasts

GulfH of Berlin, Adam O’Farrill & Eunhye Jeong

Read "GulfH of Berlin, Adam O’Farrill & Eunhye Jeong" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Sampled this episode are new releases featuring saxophonists (Rich Halley, Daniel Carter, Irek Wojtczak, Yuma Uesaka (with Marilyn Crispell) and Gebhard Ullmann (GulfH of Berlin), trumpeters Adam O'Farrill and Joaquin Muro, and pianists Eunhye Jeong from South Korea and Satoko Fujii. Toss in some great stuff from William Parker, Wadada Leo Smith, and L.A.'s The Gathering ...

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Article: Album Review

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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