Taylor Eigsti Trio At Firehouse 12 Tonight

October 30, 2009

Photo by Devin DeHaven

Grammy® nominated pianist/composer Taylor Eigsti will make his Firehouse 12 debut tonight as part of the New Haven venue’s fifth annual Fall Jazz Series.

This two-set performance is part of a short tour featuring his new trio with bassist Joshua Crumbly and drummer Aaron McClendon. The group is on the road working out material for its debut CD to be released early next year.

“Everyone who hears him seems to agree: Taylor Eigsti is the most exciting progressive-mainstream pianist to come along in a very long time,” writes AllAboutJazz.com’s Chris May.

Critics have noted his “intelligence, emotional depth, technical assurance and buoyant swing” (Robert Doerschuk, DownBeat), calling him “the real thing” (Kevin R. Convey, Boston Herald) and “an artist who has discovered his singular viewpoint and powerfully takes command” (Thomas R. Erdmann, JazzReview.com).

AllMusic.com’s Jonathan Widran adds, “There comes a time in every former prodigy’s life when he/she has to be judged by their output as an adult. Eigsti’s just keeps getting more compelling and inspiring.”

AUM Fidelity To Kick-off 2010 With The Eri Yamamoto Trio

October 21, 2009

In Each Day, Something Good

On January 12th, AUM Fidelity will kick-off its 2010 release schedule with the Eri Yamamoto Trio’s In Each Day, Something Good (AUM059). The record, pianist/composer Eri Yamamoto‘s third recording for the label under her own name, follows 2008’s Redwoods (AUM049), which earned her longstanding New York-based trio, and its distinctive music, international acclaim. In Each Day, Something Good finds the group, which also features bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi, presenting a new collection of 10 original compositions.

“On this album,” writes Ms. Yamamoto in the liner notes, “half of the songs I composed through capturing some of my experiences living in New York City since 1995, and also through traveling within many countries to perform. I composed the other songs as a soundtrack to the black and white silent movie, I Was Born, But… by director Yasujiro Ozu. While Ozu’s film is serious and sometimes heartbreaking, it also has lightness and humor. Even though this film was made more than 75 years ago, we can still gain from it ideas and hope for dealing with the hard times our modern world is facing. We have been performing this suite of compositions along with screenings of the film.”

Critics have called Ms. Yamamoto’s past work on AUM Fidelity, which also includes her duos collection Duologue (AUM048) and a sidewoman role on William Parker’s Raining On The Moon (AUM043), “expressively versatile” (Philip Clark, The Wire), “a succession of distinct pleasures” (Michael Coyle, Cadence) and “a little dangerous and a whole lot lovely” (Will Layman, PopMatters.com). “Eri Yamamoto’s pianism is quietly dignified and her approach to music making exudes introspection and beauty,” writes AllAboutJazz-New York‘s Marc Medwin. “Each note seems sculpted out of the silence surrounding it.”

AllMusic.com’s Michael G. Nastos adds, “Eri Yamamoto’s contemporary jazz style has not only come of age, but has fully blossomed, flowered, and is as beautiful as any mature rose. This trio recording—with veteran bassist David Ambrosio and longtime drummer Ikuo Takeuchi—shows Yamamoto’s fluid melodic elements, sprawling vistas of color, and her innate common sense in stringing together lines of passion and cleanliness. While remaining in a modern vein, her piano style reflects classical training, post-bop sensibilities, and progressive ideals. An excellent trio recording that stands apart from most others with similar instrumentation, Redwoods deserves a close listen for every smart jazz piano fan.”

Trained in the classical tradition since the age of three, Ms. Yamamoto first heard a jazz piano trio perform live by chance during a visit to New York from her native Japan in 1995. Prior to that fateful encounter with noted pianist Tommy Flanagan, she had never studied or performed jazz. Four years later she burst on to the New York scene at the now defunct Avenue B Social Club in the East Village after completing her studies at New School University’s prestigious jazz program with legendary bassist Reggie Workman among others.

Her 14 year-old flagship ensemble, the Eri Yamamoto Trio, has since become a New York jazz institution thanks to its nearly decade-long residency at the historic Greenwich Village jazz venue, Arthur’s Tavern. The group currently performs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, offering what Time Out New York calls “the place to hear all the new ideas brewing in an already compositionally agile mind.” The trio has also performed in various other cities around the world, including tours of Italy, Japan, Spain and U.K. In Each Day, Something Good is the band’s sixth recording. Learn more at http://eriyamamoto.com

AUM Fidelity To Release New Cleaver/Parker/Taborn CD In February

December 4, 2008


aum053_cvr_webOn February 10th, AUM Fidelity will release Farmers by Nature (AUM053), the recorded debut of the year-old collective trio of drummer Gerald Cleaver, bassist William Parker and pianist Craig Taborn.  This live and entirely improvised recording documents the all-star ensemble’s most recent performance at The Stone in New York on June 19th, 2008.  The group will return to The Stone on January 16th.

Conceived by Cleaver, this communion of notable improvisers was founded to create a distinctive brand of music based on spontaneously sowing seeds of sound and bringing them to full blossom.  Its first two performances took place in late 2007, laying the groundwork for a highly anticipated return to the stage the following summer.  Each concert is a unique experience as the musicians adapt the group’s continually evolving sound to the demands of the moment at hand.

Most recently heard together on record as three-quarters of the Rob Brown Ensemble on that group’s 2008 release, Crown Trunk Root Funk (AUM044), these acclaimed New York-based musicians have worked together in a variety of settings.  The musical relationship between Cleaver and Taborn stretches back to their college days, working together in the early 1990’s as part of Detroit’s storied jazz scene.  Parker and Cleaver first recorded together in groups led by pianist Matthew Shipp, and Cleaver appears on Parker’s 2008 orchestral release, Double Sunrise Over Neptune (AUM047).  AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins recently noted these three frequent collaborators “demonstrate their affable interplay with fluid invention.”

AUM Fidelity’s 2009 release schedule, which kicks off January 27th with legendary saxophonist/composer David S. Ware‘s Shakti (AUM052), will continue with new releases by the Fully Celebrated Orchestra, Joe Morris Trio and a second Ware project celebrating his 50th anniversary playing the saxophone.  Details about each are forthcoming.  Learn more about the label and its releases at http://www.aumfidelity.com/home.htm

Eri Yamamoto Trio To Give Special Intimate Performance December 3rd

December 1, 2008

On Wednesday, December 3rd, pianist/composer Eri Yamamoto and her longstanding trio, currently featuring bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi, will celebrate their recent release, Redwoods (AUM Fidelity AUM049), with a special performance at Faust Harrison Pianos‘ Midtown Manhattan showroom in New York.

Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

Because of the limited seating available, reservations are requested. Please e-mail AUM Fidelity if you plan to attend.

Critics called Redwoods “rapturous” (Will Layman, PopMatters.com), “a pleasure” (Marc Medwin, AllAboutJazz-New York) and “a compelling program of music” (Nic Jones, AllAboutJazz.com). All Music Guide‘s Michael G. Nastos added, “An excellent trio recording that stands apart from most others with similar instrumentation, Redwoods deserves a close listen for every smart jazz piano fan.”

New Eri Yamamoto CD’s Reviewed at PopMatters.com

November 12, 2008

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

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.”