Sunday, January 31, 2010

Eri Yamamoto - In Each Day Something Good (AUM Fidelity, 2010)

Pianist and composer Eri Yamamoto may not have the high profile of fellow Japanese pianist Hiromi, but she has slowly but surely carved an individual niche in the jazz world with a string of fine albums for the AUM Fidelity label, and a regular trio gig at Arthur's Tavern in New York City. On this new album of all original compositions (half of which were composed as a soundtrack to the black and white silent movie) she is accompanied by David Ambrosio on bass and Ikuo Takeuchi on drums. the music the three make is very thoughtful and patient, and you can tell by listening that they spent a lot of time honing their material. "Attraction of the Moon" and "Secret Link" have a good natured swing There is a touch of melancholy to the music at times, on tracks like "A Little Escape" emotionally reminding me of some of the music Keith Jarret recorded with his "American Quartet" of the 1970's. In Each Day Something Good -

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