Tomoko Omura is among today's leading voices in jazz violin. “Roots”, her debut album for Inner Circle Music, is a compelling tribute to her native Japan, featuring original arrangements of ten classic Japanese folk and popular songs. In the words of fellow violinist Christian Howes, “'Roots' is a tremendous accomplishment, and undoubtedly one of the most important and creative jazz albums produced by a violinist in recent history.” Downbeat magazine calls Tomoko “a leader with a fine future”, awarding “Roots” 4 and a half stars. Her latest release, “Post Bop Gypsies” (Inner Circle, 2017), is a contemporary jazz trio album in the classic Gypsy jazz instrumentation of violin, guitar and bass. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 consecutively, she was named a “Rising Star” in Downbeat magazine's prestigious Critic's Poll.
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A leader with a fine future.
Magazine by Joe Tangari
With a clear and sturdy violin attack, and an inventive voice as an improviser”
“A rising talent worth watching” - New York Times
, July 2017
everything ceaselessly flows, oft breezy, swingin', be-boppy while wafting through the hip museum
review by Mark S. Tucker
no matter how complex and expansive things may get, she retains those qualities that made the songs
memorable in the first place. It’s a hell of an accomplishment. It’s also a seriously exciting album
One of the best things to come out all year. It was my Pick of the Week when it first hit the shelves back in
January… and it remains one of the best things on that shelf as the year comes to a close.
-Bird is the Worm
Her swooping lines and emotive outpourings are contemporary without losing the sense of tradition
inherent in both Japanese folk and Western jazz - in other words she can swing!
Omura masterfully injects her bold and contemporary blend of jazz into these Japanese standards to create
a new and refreshing sound she can proudly call her own.
by Sebastien Helary
Roots is a tremendous accomplishment, and undoubtedly one of the most important and creative jazz
albums produced by a violinist in recent history.
- Chtistian Howes
Roots reaches back for its source material but is most certainly contemporary music at its best.
- Step Tempest
At once, Tomoko Omura's Roots is stirring and melodiously captivating
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