Randy Bellous, executive producer
Yuko Mabuchi, piano; Del Atkins, bass; and Bobby Breton, drums; performed for a full house at the Brain and Creativity Institute’s intimate Cammilleri Hall on March 31st, 2017. Yarlung recorded this classic performance in this intimate jewel of a concert hall. Yuko, Del and Bobby performed as a cohesive unit, and subsequent concert bookings will no doubt spread their music around the world.
Jeff Wilson captures the spirit of this concert, and the sound of the Trio’s debut Yarlung album, for The Absolute Sound: “If Mabuchi’s playing can be described as tasteful, economical, and lyrical, it should also be noted that her rapid single-note runs are impeccably executed. The performances benefit from an exceptionally realistic recording that stands out for its in-the-room ambiance and tonal clarity.”
Other audiophiles and jazz buffs have praised Yuko’s work in myriad publications. Robert H. Levy enthuses “Yuko Mabuchi plays the ivories with the touch of an angel and the understanding of an artist many times her young age. She is backed by seasoned musicians with strong drive plus an acute sense of playing with and not over the pianist. This is Yarlung’s third jazz album recorded like you wish all performances were recorded: listening is just like being there. All that’s missing here is the expensive tickets and sticky floor!” Read Bob Levi’s entire review here.
Peter Rutenberg writes “The trio exhibits consummate musicality and technique – with artful phrasing led by the pianist, a lyrical sensuousness in the bassist’s melodic counterpoints with the piano, and the drummer’s intelligent vocabulary and broad sweep tying it all together.” Please read Rutenberg’s extended comments.
Dr. Antonio Damasio generously invited us back to the Brain and Creativity Institute’s Cammilleri Hall at USC for this concert and recording. This is the gem of a concert hall designed by Yasuhisa Toyota and lovingly built by Antonio and Hanna Damasio, where Yarlung recorded our first jazz albums with Sophisticated Lady jazz quartet. The superb concert hall acoustics and the cozy 90 seat size make Cammilleri ideal for all sorts of music but especially nice for an intimate jazz concert like this. If only more jazz clubs sounded like Cammilleri Hall!