Takuji Yamada is a professional jazz musician who takes care with his jazz, and as a result his first album, Lite Blue, reflects that through his beautifully written compositions and nicely-arranged standards.
Accurate playing, adventurous phrasing, and emotional balance mark this modern jazz album with a distinctive New York flavor. The NY-based rhythm section players also keep the soloist’s backdrop consistently interesting through the range of moods, from modern straight-ahead jazz to bluesy, groovy, and romantic.
Leader: Takuji Yamada · 山田拓児 · https://www.takujiyamada.com
- Takuji Yamada – alto and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet
- Danny Grissett – piano
- Daisuke Abe – guitar (tr. 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10)
- Luques Curtis – bass
- Quincy Davis – drums
Released in 2012 on D-Musica DMCD-18.
A video clip of Takuji Yamada and his group “Folklore” playing a blistering arrangement of “In A Reverse Way”:
* Audio sample at top of page is from the album’s opening track “In A Reverse Way”.