On Sunday, August 1st, pianist/composer Eri Yamamoto and her longstanding trio, featuring bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi, will celebrate their recent AUM Fidelity release, In Each Day, Something Good (AUM059), with a two-set performance at Cornelia Street Café.
Half of the recording takes its inspiration from Ms. Yamamoto’s experiences as a Japanese-born pianist living in America for the past 15 years, while the other half is a suite of original compositions based on I Was Born, But…, legendary director Yasujiro Ozu’s 1932 silent film. Each track serves the central theme of the record, which is moving forward by finding something positive in each day.
“Displaying an intuitive rapport based on umpteen hours of on-the-job repartee,” writes AllAboutJazz-New York‘s Tom Greenland, “the trio recalls the close commerce and intimate atmosphere of Bill Evans’ classic group, the musical equivalent of an isosceles triangle.”
Critics called In Each Day, Something Good “a delightful set readily consolidating Yamamoto’s place at the top table” (John Sharpe, AllAboutJazz.com) and “a disc that signals Yamamoto and team are getting more and more articulate” (Jim Macnie, Village Voice). BBC Music’s Bill Tilland adds, “each piece shines with its own interior light.”
Released in January, In Each Day, Something Good is the Eri Yamamoto Trio’s sixth release overall and second on AUM Fidelity following 2008′s Redwoods (AUM049). Ms. Yamamoto’s two other appearances on the label include her duos collection, Duologue (AUM048), and a sidewoman role on William Parker’s Raining On The Moon (AUM043).
“As ‘pretty’ as her playing often is,” explains PopMatters.com reviewer Will Layman, “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.”