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Take The 7 Train

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Takuji Yamada alto saxophones, bass clarinet Daisuke Abe guitar Yoko Komori piano Kuriko Tsugawa bass Yoshifumi Nihonmatsu drums Produced by: UoU Co-produced by: Pete Zimmer Recorded May 12, 2012 at Studio Dede, Tokyo, Japan Recording Engineer Shinya Matsushita Mixed and Mastered by Akihiro Nishimura Photos by Hiroki Tadano Liner Notes by Dan Ouellette CD Design by UoU Production A profusuion of aspiring jazz musicians from around the globe come to the United States, the birthplace of the genre, to study it's tradition and learn from the masters. This not only expands jazz's vital reach worldwide, but it also opens jazz itself to new forms of expression infused with the musical cultures of other countries. Historically jazz has been enriched by outside influences, ranging from the integration of Afro-Cuban musical forms and polyrhythms that created the Latin jazz idiom to the young pianist from Armenia, Tigran Hamasyan, who rather than merely emulate his jazz heroes brought his folkloric music into the mix to find his voice. Too often, though, enthusiastic jazz musicians who move to the U.S. opt to strictly conform to the conventions of jazz rather than use their own personalities and experiences to, in essence, refresh the music as well as create their own vital identities. One of the most adventurous young bands that is auspiciously exploring jazz with it's national heritage in mind is UoU, a quintet of musicians who hail from Japan. All five members made the pilgrimage to the jazz home base, via the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston and later to New York (arguably the world's jazz capital). We always think about Japan, says guitarist Daisuke Abe. And we don't try to hide our Japanese sense of melody and rhythm when we play. Usually foreigners study jazz and try to fit into the American music. They think that you have to hide who you are to play authentic jazz. But we try to be as natural as possible. We want to play who we are, adds bassist Kuriko Tsugawa. UoU brings it's unique sound inflected by Japanese lyricism and rhythm to the fore on it's remarkable sophomore album, Take the 7 Train. Starting with the CD title, you sense that the band is committed to a creative vision. Most bands would be happy to retread familiar territory with a rendition of Take the 'A' Train, the Billy Strayhorn standard, that became Duke Ellington's signature tune, that stamped approval on the long subway line that stretches from Far Rockaway in Queens to Inwood in upper Manhattan. But UoU has hopped onto a different subway line: the 7 train. Drummer Yoshifumi Nihonmatsu wrote the tune Take the 7 Train and later came up with the title. It was in 7 so he was joking that that's how we should name it, says Daisuke. Kuriko adds, We used to go to the jam at Cleopatra's Needle [in the Upper West Side on Broadway Avenue] and come home late at 3 or 4 in the morning. And some of us would take the 7 train. Not only is the tune catchy, but it also captures the images of the late-night subway: the homeless, the drunks, the people who are tired and the people who are noisy. Yoshifumi also wrote the upbeat opening tune, Hanabi, which translated means fireworks. It's a song that references the summer festivals in Japan, with the firework displays and Taiko drums. It's followed by Kuriko's That Day, a melodic beauty that alludes to the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on that day, March 11, 2011. We were touring in the north and we felt it, she says. I got scared. The gig got cancelled and there was a blackout for two days and no cellphone [service]. It sounds scary and shaking. Daisuke cites a very personal experience as the backstory to the spirited Life Goes On, about one of his best friends dying (the album will be dedicated to him). The reason for the sunny feel to the song, he says, is a message for myself and everyone else that whenever terrible things happen, it's all the more reason to want to live. That's followed by Kuriko's lyrical Milena about the girl she used to babysit whose cuteness, laughter

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  • 01. Hanabi
  • 02. That Day
  • 03. Life Goes On
  • 04. Milena
  • 05. Take the 7 Train
  • 06. Moon River
  • 07. Jali
  • 08. Lake
  • 09. Palms
  • 10. ii
  • 11. St. Peter's Church

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