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by Tomoko Omura

Modern Jazz infused Jazz Violin with original compositions.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz quartet
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Enigmatic Vision
6:54 $0.99
2. New World Order
6:24 $0.99
3. Stephane's Waltz
9:39 $0.99
4. Zbigniew
5:01 $0.99
5. Mark's Passion
10:14 $0.99
6. Stuffy
5:15 $0.99
7. Italian Gem
8:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
***The Strad Magazine, February, 09:

Tomoko Omura's Visions is a fine example of jazz violin for those who want to explore beyond the Grappelli genre. Omura is a strong improviser: snappy phrasing, harmonic scope and a willingness to open out run through the music, whether it it post-bop or fusion-tinged. At the same time, the sound is unforced, understated but not limp, clean but not prissy. Bassist Dan Carpel is no less laid-back, while the drums provide drive in the more up-tempo numbers. The overall effect is a fresh group sound that mixes a contemporary feel and established jazz idioms with considerable success. For the violin, this is a rarity.

***Tomoko Omura “Visions” Liner Notes:

Welcome to an incredible album by the extraordinary young jazz violinist and composer Tomoko Omura."Visions" is a tribute to seven of the finest jazz violinists of all time, and in it,Tomoko does more than just honor these gentlemen...she really gets to the emotional core of what makes each of them tick as players. Her compositions are lovely,well-conceived tunes that are played blazingly by her crackerjack band, and especially by Tomoko herself. Her playing here is uniformly amazing,with great ideas, great tone , perfect intonation and great feel. It's a testimony to her maturity as a player that she can pay tribute to these giants without ever losing her own unique identity . I am stunned at how good this c.d. is----you will be too! Enjoy!

-Matt Glaser


Tomoko Omura - violin
Victor Gould - piano, rhodes
Dan Carpel - bass
Jeffrey Fajardo - drums

All compositions by Tomoko Omura
Recorded on May 9th, 2008 at Mix One Studio, Boston, MA
Produced by Tomoko Omura
Recording by Ethan Platz
Mixing by Ted Paduck
Mastering by Randy Roos
Photo and art design by Rx Photography
CD Duplication by Wonderdrug



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Stephen Fernandez

An exceptional new talent in contemporary jazz violin
Tomoko Omura has revealed herself as one of the great new talents in contemporary jazz with her great debut, "Visions". A gifted composer/performer, Ms. Omura presents us with 7 wonderful original compositions where she pays tribute to seven of the greatest jazz violinists in history. Starting off with "Enigmatic Vision", Ms. Omura introduces her quartet in full form and with total command and control of the intricacies and subltleties of the music. Ms. Omura's warm tone and intelligent improvisational ideas really invite for close and detailed attention to the listener. Using a 12/8 groove and an intricate bass line for this piece, Ms. Omura pays a fitting tribute to Jean-Luc Ponty, a violinist who had great interest in african music. This is followed by "New World Order", an up-swing burner with a very intricate melody, as a tribute to Didier Lockwood. This tune shows great group interaction and great display of chops and musicality all around. "Stephane's Waltz" is a truly beautiful piece dedicated to Django Reinhardt's long time musical partner, Stephane Grappelli. Ms. Omura makes great use of harmonics as a way to pay tribute to Grappelli by using one of his trademarks, but in a more modern way and true to her own style. Ms. Omura achieves a very beautiful, subtle, delicate and passionate performance, all that in this piece. A tribute to the great Zbigniew Seifert follows with "Zbigniew" in the form of a dynamic, bright piece alternating between straight-eight and swing feel. As with "New World Order", Ms. Omura shows us once again her virtousic side by showing her facility in up-tempo pieces. Ms. Omura also makes great use of double-stops in the melody, staying true to Seifert's style. A slightly darker tune follows with "Mark's Passion", in a very fitting tribute to the great Mark Feldman. With a great solo violin intro, Ms. Omura introduces us to one of Feldman's trademarks. Beautiful piece with a great dark mood and very interesting harmonic ideas. An impressive use of the high register of the violin takes this piece to it's climax, showing once again, Ms. Omura's great command of her instrument. A tribute to Stuff Smith follows with "Stuffy", in the form of a up-tempo blues form with great group interaction and an interesting opening of Ms. Omura's solo with a violin/drums duo. The album closes with the nostalgic and beautiful "Italian Gem", as a tribute to Joe Venuti. The piece starts with Ms. Omura's great use of pizzicato and what may possibly be picking on the violin, alternating that with bowing, once again, showing us her command of the different techniques and sounds that can be achieved on the violin. Ms. Omura closes the album with one of her most passionate and expressive solos. This album shows a new talent in the jazz violin landscape that promises many other great releases. Her great combination of strong compositions, a great quartet and an incredibly expressive, strong, intelligent and virtuosic performance on violin make her an artist worthy of greater exposure and someone to keep an eye on for future releases.


Beautiful playing!
A great jazz violin album - amazing compositions and beautiful playing!