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Hada Hada by Natsuki Tamura Quartet

Jazz trumpeter Natsuki Tamura leads his space age, jazz-fusion quartet into an affair marked by echoing EFX, brash soloing, and numerous cosmic meltdowns. This Japanese based outfit also highlights the multifarious talents of modern jazz pianist/composer Satoko Fuji, here performing solely on synths.

The quartet signals in notions of what Miles was doing back in the early ‘70s with his electric, jazz/funk/rock fusion bands. Yet, this outing is a bit more "out there." Overall, Tamura has designed a highly entertaining, and neurotically enacted musical jamboree. Nonetheless, the band goes for the proverbial jugular throughout this energized program. Tamura’s howling, razor sharp lines ride atop odd-metered backbeats, and slightly amorphous soundscapes. On "Utage," Takaaki Masuko’s bone-crushing electronic rhythms seem out of place with Ms. Fuji’s church organ type samples. But the unorthodox contrasts and unpredictability of this and other tracks should keep the listener on his or her toes. All in good fun, we reckon!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Natsuki Tamura Quartet
  • CD Title: Hada Hada
  • Genre: Fusion
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Libra Records
  • Musicians: Natsuki Tamura (trumpet), Takayuki Kato (guitar), Satoko Fuji (synthesizer), Takaaki Masuko (drums)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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