UoU is an acoustic jazz quintet formed in 2008 consisting of all Japanse native musicians: saxophonist Takuji Yamada, guitarist Daisuke Abe, pianist Yoko Komori, bassist Kuriko Tsugawa, and drummer Yoshifumi Nihonmatsu. As renowned writer for DownBeat, Dan Ouellette describes them “One of the most adventurous young bands that is auspiciously exploring jazz with its national heritage in mind is UoU, a quintet of musicians who hail from Japan., UoU brings its unique sound inflected by Japanese lyricism and rhythm.
UoU’s debut album Home was released worldwide in 2010 from New York based cutting edge jazz record the label, Tippin’ Records. UoU's unipue original music with fuse elements of Japanese inspired melodies, along with American jazz rhythms and harmonies was featured in numerous publication, including, DownBeat, All about Jazz, Jazz Guitar Book, and CD Jornal. Notably, “Home” has ranked #1 on Jazzweek world U.S. radio charts for two consecutive week based on national air play.
In 2013, UoU’s second album Take the 7 Train was released also from Tippin’ Records. This album brought them a great deal of critical acclaim across the globe. Down Beat reviews it as Each musician, from alto saxophonist Takuji Yamada to guitarist Daisuke Abe and drummer Yoshifumi Nihonmatsu, handle their respective instruments with a deep sense of tradition, and more importantly, consistent expression. AllAboutJazz.com describes the music thus:The group's synergy is unveiled through immersible compositions soulfulness along with technical viability; varied musical elements; memorable individual solos; and a panoptic band aesthetic that is cohesive and engaging. Equally telling as composers, each member contributes material that accentuates the group as well as their own abilities.