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Pure Songs

by Daisuke Abe & Kuriko Tsugawa

Duo album by NY based guitarist Daisuke Abe and bassist Kuriko Tsugawa.
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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1. New Journey
Daisuke Abe & Kuriko Tsugawa
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2. Akatonbo
Daisuke Abe & Kuriko Tsugawa
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3. March 3rd
Daisuke Abe & Kuriko Tsugawa
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4. Present
Daisuke Abe & Kuriko Tsugawa
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5. Message from North
Daisuke Abe & Kuriko Tsugawa
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6. October Wishes
Daisuke Abe & Kuriko Tsugawa
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7. ..........Ten
Daisuke Abe & Kuriko Tsugawa
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8. Pure Song
Daisuke Abe & Kuriko Tsugawa
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Daisuke Abe(guitarist, composer)
Daisuke Abe has become a highly sought after guitarist since his arrival to New York City in 2002. “An accomplished player with a penchant for penning appealing melodies,” (JazzTimes, February 2006), Mr. Abe also handles his instrument “…with a deep sense of tradition, and more importantly, consistent expression,” (DownBeat, April 2013).

During his time in New York, Daisuke Abe has been very active as a performer and recording artist. His debut album, “On My Way Back Home” (Nagel-Hayer), was released in 2005. This album features nine of his original compositions and a heavy-weight lineup including: Aaron Parks (piano), Walter Smith III (saxophone), Gretchen Parlato (voice), Matt Brewer (bass), and Rodney Green (drums & producer).

In 2008 Daisuke Abe launched a new band, which he co-leads and produces, UoU, a quintet made up of members originally from Japan. UoU’s debut, “Home” (Tippin’ Records), was released in 2010. “This debut exudes a polished distinctiveness, clear abilities and original compositions,” (AllAboutJazz.com, September 2010). “Home” also notably climbed to #1 for two consecutive weeks on the JazzWeek World national radio charts.

Daisuke Abe followed UoU’s debut with its second release in 2013, “Take the 7 Train” (Tippin’). “One of the most adventurous young bands that is auspiciously exploring jazz with its national heritage in mind is UoU,” stated Dan Ouellette, DownBeat journalist.

Mr. Abe has led his band at many of the famous venues in New York City including: Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Smalls Jazz Club and Cleopatras’ Needle. He has performed with Mark Turner, Jon Cowherd, Anthony Wonsey, Walter Blanding, Marcus Printup, Pete Zimmer, John Ellis, and Jaleel Shaw.

Daisuke Abe’s musical journey began far from New York City. He started playing guitar at the age of fifteen in his hometown of Tokyo, Japan. His first jazz studies came when he attended Senzoku Gakuen College in Yokohama, Japan, where he graduated at the top of his class in 1999. He then relocated to the USA attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts upon receiving their World Scholarship. Mr. Abe graduated in 2002. During his time at Berklee he studied and performed with master musicians including: Hal Crook, Tiger Okoshi, and George Garzone. In 2001, Berklee presented Mr. Abe with the highly prestigious Louis Bellson Award.


Kuriko Tsugawa (Bassist, Composer)
Born in Tokyo (Japan) Kuriko Tsugawa started playing bass at the age of fifteen. Soon after she joined what would become her first jazz ensemble experience, the Tomisato High School big band, affectionately known as “The Mad Hatters”. As a member of “The Mad Hatters”, she had the opportunity to perform at major festivals throughout Japan. For three consecutive years Kuriko’s “Mad Hatters” shared bill with visiting artist Monterey High School Big Band in an annual festival held in Tomisato, Japan. This enriching annual encounters were the spark that ignited Kuriko´s passionate decision to pursue jazz music in the United States as a career.

In 2001, she auditioned for Berklee College of Music and won a scholarship to attend the college starting in 2002. She was now one step closer to her dream.
Since her arrival in Boston she had the opportunity to study with renowned jazz educators like Hal Crook, Dave Santoro and Herb Pomeroy, and she played with jazz legends like Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Delfeayo Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Yellow Jackets founder Russ Ferrante, Makoto Ozone and Danilo Perez. Besides her many inspiring mentors Kuriko found in Boston a vibrant generation of like-minded young musicians who have been as crucial for her development as any of her professors.
Her time in Boston paid off, and her quick improvements lead to a really busy performing schedule. Besides such Boston musts as Wally’s Jazz Café and Ryles Jazz Club Kuriko performed in a variety of festivals around the New England area and in 2006 was selected as a member of a quartet representing Berklee in Lucca Jazz Donna Festival in Italy.
2006 was also the year that marked the end of Kuriko’s Bostonian era and saw the beginning of a new one that which came with the inevitable move to New York City. Since then she has gotten increasingly active in the fervent New York jazz scene such as Blue Note New York, Smalls, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Fat Cat, Cleopatra’s Needle and many more. She has performed with Anthony Wonsey, Walter Blanding, Marcus Printup, Lee Pearson, Tia Fuller, Rodney Green, Mike LeDonne, Jeb Patton, Warren Wolf and Daisuke Abe.

In 2008 Kuriko launched a new band, which he co-leads and produces, UoU, a quintet made up of members originally from Japan. UoU’s debut, “Home” (Tippin’ Records), was released in 2010. “This debut exudes a polished distinctiveness, clear abilities and original compositions,” (AllAboutJazz.com, September 2010). “Home” also notably climbed to #1 for two consecutive weeks on the JazzWeek World national radio charts.

Kuriko followed UoU’s debut with its second release in 2013, “Take the 7 Train” (Tippin’). “One of the most adventurous young bands that is auspiciously exploring jazz with its national heritage in mind is UoU,” stated Dan Ouellette, DownBeat journalist.

And she keeps evolving day by day with the confidence and passion which comes from making one’s dreams come true…

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