Eri Yamamoto And The William Parker Quartet Among Soundcheck’s Top 15 Jazz CDs Of 2008

December 23, 2008







Will Layman, jazz critic for WNYC’s Soundcheck, has named two AUM Fidelity releases to his Top 15 Jazz CDs of 2008 list, Eri Yamamoto’s Duologue and the William Parker Quartet’s Petit Oiseau.

Two AUM Fidelity Releases Among’s Best Jazz Of 2008

December 17, 2008







Pianist/composer Eri Yamamoto’s Duologue (AUM048) and the William Parker Quartet’s Petit Oiseau (AUM050) are numbers three and five respectively on’s Best Jazz of 2008 list, published today.

In his blurb about Duologue, Ms. Yamamoto’s collection of duets with saxophonist Daniel Carter, percussionist Hamid Drake, bassist William Parker and drummer Federico Ughi, jazz critic Will Layman writes, “The pianist came to jazz from classical training and then a fascination with Tommy Flanagan, but today she plays ‘free’ or ‘out’, liberated from conventional tonality. But her ‘out’ playing is persistently sunny and beautiful. These duets glow.”

“Like most of the music on this list,” wrote Layman of Petit Oiseau, “Parker’s quartet plays music that has made a lie of the contrast between ‘avant-garde jazz’ and the jazz tradition. The jazz tradition, represented so well here, is just about the freedom to sing as you choose.”

New Eri Yamamoto CD’s Reviewed at

November 12, 2008

Will Layman’s joint review of Eri Yamamoto‘s recent releases on AUM Fidelity, Duologue and Redwoods, was uploaded today at

In it he writes, “As ‘pretty’ as her playing often is, it is cloaked in the impulse of the moment. Whatever she has gleaned from Shipp and Workman, Bley and Parker—but also Monk and Powell and Tommy Flanagan—makes her playing suspenseful and just slightly dangerous. In my heart, it scores high. What a pianist: a little dangerous and a whole lot lovely.”