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Roots

by Tomoko Omura

New York based Japanese jazz violinist, Tomoko Omura's 2nd album "Roots" is a collection of Japanese folk/popular songs arranged by Tomoko. Will Graefe (g), Glenn Zaleski (p), Noah Garabedian (b), Colin Stranahan (ds) via Inner Circle Music.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. Antagata Dokosa (Where Are You From?)
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2. Ge Ge Ge
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3. National Anthem
1:08 album only
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4. Kojo No Tsuki (Castle in the Moonlight)
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5. Tinsagu Nu Hana (Balsam Flowers)
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6. Cha Tsu Mi (Green Tea Picking)
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7. The Mountain (Lord Mito)
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8. Soran-Bushi
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9. Chakkiri-Bushi
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10. Hometown
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11. National Anthem (Reprise)
1:00 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In 2009, after living in America for five years, I traveled back to my native Japan to release my debut album, “Visions”. For a concert in my hometown of Shizuoka, I decided to arrange a classic Shizuoka folk song, “Chakkiri-Bushi”. In this performance, I felt a special connection with the audience; there was a strong emotional resonance within this familiar melody. In this experience, the idea for “Roots” was born: to record a collection of familiar Japanese melodies, re-imagined through my experience as a jazz musician in New York City. I hope that this music will effectively connect the two worlds that have defined me thus far: my path in America with my roots in Japan.

-Tomoko Omura
(from the liner note)


"Roots" is a tremendous accomplishment, and undoubtedly one of the most important and creative jazz albums produced by a violinist in recent history. 

Whether you are a purist or a progressive proponent of the globalization of Jazz, Tomoko Omura's offering here, both informed and boldly creative, commands your attention.

It's hard to believe that within just the last ten years Miss Omura came to the U.S. from Japan and has already emerged as a proven powerhouse, one of the top calls in NYC on her instrument.

It might have been easier to stay in Japan and study Youtube videos... Instead, she learned a new language, made her way to one of the leading schools of Jazz at Berklee, and worked against the odds to ensconce herself in NYC amongst a community of world class young players who help to execute her exotic vision with perfect clarity on this recording.

  Miss Omura answers the question here concerning what she, and she alone, can contribute to the evolving global jazz movement, by setting her voice as a bandleader, composer, arranger, and player-equally bold and sensitive- within the framework of her native culture's folk songs. The fusion of traditional Japanese music that she heard as a child with the pushing sounds she has absorbed in New York mirror her evolving identity as a woman and artist who is now truly borderless.

 Here she demonstrates mastery of the jazz tradition while pushing it unquestionably forward, setting a courageous example and bringing us all closer together in the process. 

- Christian Howes
(from the liner note)

At once, Tomoko Omura's "Roots" is stirring and melodiously captivating. She has successfully crafted a work that grabs and holds the listener's attention from beginning to end. It's a wonderful piece of art music which functions equally as soothing, yet provocative, musical art.

- Greg Osby

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"A leader with a fine future." 4.5 star.
-Downbeat Magazine by Joe Tangari

"everything ceaselessly flows, oft breezy, swingin', be-boppy while wafting through the hip museum"
- FAME review by Mark S. Tucker

"no matter how complex and expansive things may get, she retains those qualities that made the songs memorable in the first place.  It’s a hell of an accomplishment.  It’s also a seriously exciting album"

"One of the best things to come out all year.  It was my Pick of the Week when it first hit the shelves back in January… and it remains one of the best things on that shelf as the year comes to a close."
-Bird is the Worm

"Her swooping lines and emotive outpourings are contemporary without losing the sense of tradition inherent in both Japanese folk and Western jazz - in other words she can swing!"
- Bebopspokenhere

"Omura masterfully injects her bold and contemporary blend of jazz into these Japanese standards to create a new and refreshing sound she can proudly call her own."
-Nextbop by Sebastien Helary

"Roots" reaches back for its source material but is most certainly contemporary music at its best.
- Step Tempest

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