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Tamura, Natsuki: Ko Ko Ko Ke

A trumpet and a voice. Nothing but a trumpet and a voice. Piercing through the air like a lament ; a primal scream .

Natsuki Tamura is no stranger to fans of Japanese jazz. He's the featured trumpeter for his wife, Satoko Fujii's quartet and Orchestra. The man has been described as a reincarnated Don Cherry. On his 2nd solo release , Ko Ko Ko Ke , he decided to veer 180 degrees from his previous one. This disc is very moody, very haunting, and very experimental. Tamura has made up a fictitious language which sounds like a chant. Each song is basically comprised of a lone trumpet line, which remains very close to the melody line, interspersed with spoken word. The overall effect is startling. Vivid imagery quickly comes to mind of a memorial ceremony, or a religious rite . Very difficult at first approach, the tracks tend to draw you in , as you sit mesmerized and transfixed.

This disc is a far cry from anything this man has ever been associated with so those of you ( like myself) who are expecting this to be a bombastic jazz excursion like his Satoko Fujii outpourings will be thrown for a major loop. This disc is a stark musical excursion which tends to render the listener melancholic. As palatable and hard to digest as raw squid, this one's an acquired taste for sure.

Track Listing:

  1. Mekinaka
  2. Peng
  3. Nettara Mottara
  4. Tahi Tahi
  5. Shamisen
  6. Kogena Agena
  7. Ko Ko Ko Ke
  8. Honamesa
  9. Pasurija
  10. Taiko
  11. Guta
  12. Epura
  13. Syste
  14. Samidare

Added: August 8th 2004
Reviewer: Yves Dubé
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