Takuji Yamada: Lite Blue

Takuji Yamada is a professional jazz musician who takes care with his jazz. His first album Lite Blue from 2012 reflects that care through his beautifully written compositions and nicely-arranged standards, not to mention his spot-on stimulating jazz sax playing.

Accurate playing, adventurous phrasing, and emotional balance mark this modern jazz album with a distinctive New York flavor. The NY-based rhythm section players keep the soloist’s backdrop consistently interesting through the range of moods, from modern straight-ahead jazz to bluesy, groovy, and romantic.

The track listing consists of 10 songs, mostly originals from Yamada with three standards (“Don’t Blame Me”, “When Lights Are Low”, and “Skylark”) included as a strong jazz frame. Yamada’s catchy originals on this album include the stimulating opener “In A Reverse Way”, the darkly swirling “Rain”, and the warm, modern “Kurikology”, a portmanteau of the Japanese name Kuriko and the suffix -ology, a nice tip of the hat to Charlie Parker bebop along the lines of “Ornithology” and “Anthropology”.

Takuji Yamada: Lite Blue

Released in 2012 on D-Musica DMCD-18.

(Names in Japanese: Takuji Yamada 山田拓児 Daisuke Abe 阿部大輔)

Audio excerpt from the album's opening track “In A Reverse Way”:

Video clip of Takuji Yamada’s Folklore playing “In A Reverse Way” live:

Live version of Takuji Yamada’s song “Rain”: