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UoU - Take The 7 Train Released Today!
(Published: January 22, 2013)

Tippin' Records Proudly Presents:

Take the 7 Train

Released Today January 22, 2013!
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/take-7-train-feat.-daisuke/id592874538

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Take-7-Train-UoU/dp/B00A2TLR5Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352761288&sr=8-1&keywords=uou+take+the+7+train

CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/uou3

Tippin' Records: http://www.tippinrecords.com/takethe7train.htm

UoU is:
Daisuke Abe guitar, Takuji Yamada alto sax, bass clarinet
Yoko Komori piano, Kuriko Tsugawa bass, Yoshifumi Nihonmatsu drums

A profusuion of aspiring jazz musicians from around the globe come to the United States, the birthplace of the genre, to study its tradition and learn from the masters. This not only expands jazz's vital reach worldwide, but it also opens jazz itself to new forms of expression infused with the musical cultures of other countries. Historically jazz has been enriched by outside influences, ranging from the integration of Afro-Cuban musical forms and polyrhythms that created the Latin jazz idiom to the young pianist from Armenia, Tigran Hamasyan, who rather than merely emulate his jazz heroes brought his folkloric music into the mix to find his voice. Too often, though, enthusiastic jazz musicians who move to the U.S. opt to strictly conform to the conventions of jazz rather than use their own personalities and experiences to, in essence, refresh the music as well as create their own vital identities.
One of the most adventurous young bands that is auspiciously exploring jazz with its national heritage in mind is UoU, a quintet of musicians who hail from Japan. All five members made the pilgrimage to the jazz home base, via the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston and later to New York (arguably the world's jazz capital).
"We always think about Japan," says guitarist Daisuke Abe. "And we don't try to hide our Japanese sense of melody and rhythm when we play. Usually foreigners study jazz and try to fit into the American music. They think that you have to hide who you are to play authentic jazz. But we try to be as natural as possible."
"We want to play who we are," adds bassist Kuriko Tsugawa.
UoU brings its unique sound inflected by Japanese lyricism and rhythm to the fore on its remarkable sophomore album, Take the 7 Train. Starting with the CD title, you sense that the band is committed to a creative vision. Most bands would be happy to retread familiar territory with a rendition of "Take the ‘A' Train," the Billy Strayhorn standard, that became Duke Ellington's signature tune, that stamped approval on the long subway line that stretches from Far Rockaway in Queens to Inwood in upper Manhattan.
But UoU has hopped onto a different subway line: the 7 train. Drummer Yoshifumi Nihonmatsu wrote the tune "Take the 7 Train" and later came up with the title. "It was in 7 so he was joking that that's how we should name it," says Daisuke.
Kuriko adds, "We used to go to the jam at Cleopatra's Needle [in the Upper West Side on Broadway Avenue] and come home late at 3 or 4 in the morning. And some of us would take the 7 train." Not only is the tune catchy, but it also captures the images of the late-night subway: the homeless, the drunks, the people who are tired and the people who are noisy.

-Dan Ouellette, DownBeat, author of Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes and the upcoming biography Bruce Lundvall: Playing by Ear

View UoU Take the 7 Train promo video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3R8LD30Ut0

Visit UoU's website: www.uoumusic.com

UoU pronounced "You Owe You"


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