Saco Yasuma | Another Rain

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Another Rain

by Saco Yasuma

Saco Yasuma's music is harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, structured, yet freely flows into people's mind.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Invisible Matters
7:43 $0.99
2. Liquid Entity
8:38 $0.99
3. Fat Orange Moon
10:12 $0.99
4. The Fifth Season
8:54 $0.99
5. Calm Water
7:16 $0.99
6. Labyrinth
8:00 $0.99
7. Straight Upwards
3:41 $0.99
8. A Wind Blew Into My Hands
2:42 $0.99
9. Another Rain
10:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
New York-based saxophonist and composer Saco Yasuma has been noted for her strong originality in playing and writing. She has embarked on her latest journey, transcending conventional musical genres: form, harmony and time. Her new release “Another Rain” is a testimony of this evolution. Her intention is completely expressed through a multi-talented ensemble, Roy Campbell Jr. on trumpet, Andrew Bemkey on piano and bass clarinet, Ken Filiano on bass and Michael T. A. Thompson on drums.
“Another Rain,” features three pieces about water and people. The title tune “Another Rain” expresses that the trouble which we face in our daily lives is like another rain. It bothers us when we don’t want rain, but we also know it cleanses us, nurtures us and refreshes us, and gives us a hope for another beautiful day. “Calm Water” is the water which is calm like a big river or lake, and also the water which makes us stay calm and peaceful. We might keep it in our pocket and take it out when we need it, and chill out. “Liquid Entity” is about ourselves. We are liquid entity. We are free to flow out of our body, shapeless and frameless, enjoying the freedom. The ensemble develops her melodic themes, then bring them back home. Their interplay weaves a colorful tapestry in a dialogue of love and trust.

Saco started studied classical piano at age six with her father. As a young student of music, she wrote songs, piano pieces and arrangements of pop songs for school chorus groups when she was in her early teens. She was an active keyboardist in rock, funk and reggae groups and worked with singer- songwriters in Tokyo until she came to New York in 1989. In New York, she fell in love with the concept of Jazz: its freedom of expression, improvisational elements and throbbing swing rhythms. She studied the saxophone and performed in Jazz, Brazilian, Salsa and Afro-pop bands. Around the year 2000, she began composing regularly, and realized that all her musical experiences, including the Japanese traditional sounds of her childhood found their way into her writing. She discovered that free Jazz was the ultimate form of improvisation for her, when she was invited to play with free jazz players in the NYC downtown scene. Free jazz became another ingredient in Saco’s musical stew, as musicians and fans really began to take notice of her unique voice.

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Brian Ball, Talent Director

Questioning the Definition of Jazz
New York’s inventive saxophonist and poet, Saco Yasuma has recently (2007) released a true and heartfelt experimental jazz album on Leaf Note Productions. Dive into suspense while listening to music that places you drunkenly stumbling through an Amazonian jungle on “Invisible Matters,” and the big beat swing of “Liquid Entity.”

A delightful surprise pops up in “Fat Orange Moon” with atmospheric and softly spoken lyrics reminding us of the Autumnal time of year we are leaving behind in 2007 and into the frosty winter soundscapes of “The Fifth Season.” Listening to “The Fifth Season” took me back to a place where the winters are cold and the ground is frozen over with glistening white snow while the pale golden sunlight reflects brightly in your eyes.

Grungy saxophone sounds rise in the re-birth of the album on “A Wind Blew Into My Hands (solo)” and an amazing surge of pop rises out of the melodic and progressive rockin’ melody of “Another Rain.”