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2008年7月23日 (水)

Trees - review from Holland

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オランダからCD"Trees"のレビュー記事の知らせが届きました。
非常に好意的なだけでなく、記事としてもとても素晴らしい内容だと思います。
こんな風に受け止めてもらえたなら、嬉しいかぎりです。
まずはそのまま転載します。
日本語訳は少々お待ちください。

BLUE WILLOW TRIO - TREES (CD by Grapes)
A jazz trio made up of Takumi Seino playing acoustic and electric guitars, with Masako Hamamura on piano and Jeremy Stratton handling the acoustic bass. They took their name from the 'Blue Willow' CD they recorded in 2000. So I guess this is their second release.
Before I go into it, I should say first that I,m not into this kind of music normally. What we have here is a pure jazz trio of very well accomplished players. Not my thing usually, but there is a but! The name of Takumi Seino should ring a bell. Frans de Waard and I covered earlier work of Seino in Vital Weekly. There was for example a duo recording of Seino with his canadian colleague Anthione Berthiaume. Jeremy Stratton is an american player who studied with Charlie Haden and plays a lot with Lee Konitz. Masako Hamamura comes from Kobe. At the moment she performs and teaches at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. For their new recording the trio played live two days in october 2007 in the small music cafe Jalan-Jalan, somewhere in Japan. Of the nine pieces on this album four were composed by Takumi Seino, two by Masako Hamamura. The other pieces are short collective improvisations. Together they make up a very homogenous unity in more than one respect. In all pieces the musicians take time to develop the lines they want to follow. The playing is controlled and functional. No meaningless virtuosity. The result is well balanced and well tempered kind of easy listening jazz that never becomes sugar sweet. Everything what they are doing fits. The trio delivers a very consistent job from beginning to end. They are equally involved and dedicated and very focused. The themes and tunes they composed sound very familiar and close to the laws that define the format of the jazz trio. But on the other hand the music is absolutely not cliché. This trio speaks with an authentic voice. During my listening to this CD my appreciation grew and grew, and now I simply love it. (DM)

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