Personnel: Eri Yamamoto, piano/David Ambrosio, bass/Ikuo Takeuchi, drums
Genre: contemplative piano jazz
Recommended for: everyone
Eri Yamamoto is an accomplished pianist and composer who has built a following in the jazz precincts of New York since moving to the U.S. from her native Japan in the 1990s. Her latest CD, "In Each Day, Something Good," is a quirky combination of Yamamoto originals; half the tunes were inspired by her life in New York, while the other half were originally composed as a kind of soundtrack for the 1932 silent film "I Was Born, But..." by famed Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu. The quirkiness doesn't end there. The tunes bear titles like "Sheep Song," "Let's Eat, Then Everything Will Be Ok," and "We'll Figure Out Blues."