Japanese trumpeter Natsuki Tamura is a person with many aspects, including the two faces of two of his new albums. He can be very sweet, harmonic and gentle, as on with his Gato Libre band, but he can also be the wild adventurer, who dives deep into sounds and noise that was rarely heard before.
First Meeting - Cut The Rope (Libra, 2010) ****
Weird, strange things happen here, but they are worth listening to.This is the kind of music that I would have found horrible five years ago, but either my senses have become dull because of listening too much, or to the contrary more discerning. Anyway, it is great stuff for people with very open ears. Keep listening! It does not reach the level of his "Hada Hada" (I keep mentioning this album, I should review it once), but I love it.
Gato Libre - Shiro (Libra, 2010) ****½
This is world jazz at its best. It is not boundary breaking, but in its naive simplicity and traditional beauty, it is without a doubt the absolute best in the genre. The themes will keep playing in your head long after you've stopped listening to the album, and when you listen to it, again and again, you can only marvel at the precision and power of the performance.
And a kind of musical blend that you would not expect from a Japanese band, but then again, the world is our place, belonging to all of us.
Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo - Zakopane (Libra, 2010)
For that reason I will not review this album, but I can recommend it to lovers of big band.
Satoko Fujii is the best!