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Eri Yamamoto

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Eri Yamamoto

Since moving to New York in 1995, Eri Yamamoto has established herself as one of the citys most original and compelling pianists and composers. Jazz legend Herbie Hancock has said, My hats off to her already shes found her own voice. Eri Yamamoto has built a strong following with frequent appearances around New York, and has toured the US, UK and Japan. She has released four critically acclaimed CDs, most recently Cobalt Blue on the Thirsty Ear label.

Since 2000, Eris trio with bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi has been appearing regularly at Arthurs Tavern, a historic jazz club in New Yorks Greenwich Village. The Trio has also appeared at several international festivals and concert halls, including Cheltenham, UK; Cardiff, Wales, and throughout her native Japan. Eri recently appeared as a featured soloist at the Jazz on Rafale concert series in Montreal and as a member of William Parkers Sextet at the Roccella Jazz Festival in Italy....
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”Eri Yamamoto has emerged on recent William Parker releases, including Lucs Lantern and Corn Meal Dance, and shes an expressively versatile pianist with a knack for gradually evolving harmonies rather than hectic development of material.”
--Philip Clark, The Wire

”Let's agree that pianist Eri Yamamoto's days of being described as a talent deserving wider recognition are now over. With Duologue, she now takes her rightful place as a headliner and leader. Classically trained in Japan, she has the touch of Matthew Shipp, her early jazz mentor. Her jazz signature is marked by the economy of Hank Jones and the percussive attack of Tommy Flanagan.”
--Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz.com

”Her ultra-melodic style is well executed and realized on this very enjoyable CD that has universal appeal, crossing contemporary, progressive, and modern creative genres. This is an often wondrous, highly listenable, and tasteful musical offering that is easily recommended for those who come across it.”
--Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide

”It's clear from note one here that Eri Yamamoto is staking out her own pianistic territory and it's a privilege to be able to monitor her progress on her artistic journey. Her take on free and near free territories is entirely her own, but what pervades this whole program is a deeply reflective, quasi- spiritual strain of lyricism, and the pianist's choice of duo partners has been judicious in and crucial to the realization of this.”
--Nic Jones, AllAboutJazz.com

Duologue is characterized by lovely songcraft and guileless performances and is a perfect showcase for Yamamotos dense, impressionistic cascades and dazzling romantic swoon.”
--Jeff Stockton, AllAboutJazz-New York

It almost sounds like she had no jazz training before she came here (New York) four years ago. How is that possible? Wow. I dont know how anyone could get to this level in such a short period of time, but my hats off to her. It certainly took me longer than that. This is her tune, so that means that she can write, too. This is just the beginning, and already shes found her own voice.
--Herbie Hancock

Yamamotos maturity is instantly evident on the title cut/opener of Up & Coming, her self-produced debutThe five originals included here demonstrate an extraordinarily rich compositional sensibility -- to say nothing of a delicate touch.
--Time Out New York

As the denizens of Arthurs Tavern in Greenwich Village undoubtedly know, pianist Eri Yamamoto is one of jazzs most dynamic new talents. Her compositional style augments her deft, inventive playing.
-- All About Jazz-New York

Her pulsating piano, with its insistent rhythms, soon won over her audience as she launched into a couple of her own compositions.
--Gloucestershire BBC Radio

Eri has become a fixture in the jazz world She has collaborated with some of the finest musicians in the field and has recorded several of her own solo jazz recordings and toured extensively with her own groups. She fully understands the traditions of jazz and is adept at playing her own fine compositions as well as bringing her own interpretations to the jazz standards.”
--Ron McClure

Her style is very fresh and very original, and her mysterious, simple melody is Indicative of how talented she is. Besides her originals she plays standards Very well and she already has her own personal expression.
--Swing Journal, Japan

As a Leader:

"UP & COMING" (Jane Street Records 2001)
Piano/ Eri Yamamoto
Bass/ John Graham Davis
Drums/ Ikuo Takeuchi

"three Feel" (Jane Street Records 2002)
Piano/ Eri Yamamoto
Bass/ Alan Hampton
Drums/ Ikuo Takeuchi

"Colors" (Jane Street Records 2004)
Piano/ Eri Yamamoto
Bass/ Ben Street
Drums/ Ikuo Takeuchi

"Cobalt Blue" (Thirsty Ear Recordings 2006)
Piano/ Eri Yamamoto
Bass/ David Ambrosio
Drums/ Ikuo Takeuchi

As a sideplayer:

"Luc's Lantern" (Thirsty Ear Recordings 2005)
Piano/ Eri Yamamoto
Bass/ William Parker
Drums/ Michael T.A. Thompson

"Word Riff" (Jazz Jaunts CD 2006)
Words/ Golda Solomon
Alto Sax/ Saco Yasuma
Piano/ Eri Yamamoto
Bass/ Christopher Dean Sullivan
Drums/ Michael T.A. Thompson

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