Shu Odamura: Cloud Illusions

Guitarist/composer m: Shu Odamura was born in Kyoto, Japan; graduated from the Berklee College of Music; and now lives in New York. She plays this all original set on nylon string guitar (despite the photo with electric guitar in the album liners) in a trio with bassist {{m: …

Andrew McAnsh: Illustrations

Its liner notes, song titles, and cover art liberally peppered with references to Japanese culture and Zen Buddhism, Andrew McAnsh’s debut recording, Illustrations was inspired by the young trumpeter / composer’s journeys through the Land of the Rising Sun. However, McAnsh’s original composition… Source: Album Reviews

Jason Rigby: One: Detroit-Cleveland Trio

Jason Rigby’s first two releases as a leader, Translucent Space (2006) and Sage (2009), were widely acclaimed both for Rigby’s sophisticated compositions and for his voice as an emerging saxophone talent. On these albums, the first with a nonet and the second with a quintet, Rigby evoked the …

Harvey Valdes: PointCounterPoint

It makes sense that experimental guitar hero and studio whiz m: David Torn would be involved to whatever extent on guitarist Harvey Valdes (Butch Morris, Sean Sonderegger’s Magically Inclined) debut solo album. Torn mastered this studio session and the parallel here is that both guitaris… Source: Album …