Yuko Mabuchi Trio (CD)

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)


Yuko Mabuchi Trio



Artist Pages: Yuko Mabuchi

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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!


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8 reviews for Yuko Mabuchi Trio (CD)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    WA Mitchell

    A really great project. I can listen to it all night!

    • Bob Attiyeh

      Thank you! We are incredibly proud of Yuko, Del and Bobby and their tremendous musical accomplishment. I sense this is only the first Yarlung project with Yuko and her illustrious trio.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    William Bing

    A remarkable musician, Yuko Mabuchi, seems to have assimilated the classic stylings of so many of her predecessors. Sometimes when I listen to her, it’s as if Joe Pass has been reborn as a keyboard player. Now an artist in her own right, her style is clearly of her own making. Her technique has all the cleanliness of Oscar Peterson, the beauty of Brad Mehldau, and the swing of Errol Gardner. Again, she doesn’t sound like any of the aforementioned artists, but clearly she’s studied them. The trio is wonderful; playing together suits them well. Five stars out of five stars!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Beautiful! Yuko’s touch with the piano is just magic! And her accompaniment by Del and Bobby just add to the enjoyment of classics like “Green Dolphin Street”! I’ll be playing this over and over!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wayne Biessman, President, Jazz4us inc.

    We are so fortunate that this highly talented pianist has chosen to be a part of the Southern California Jazz Scene. Her mastery of the piano is truly remarkable. Her joy and enthusiasm while performing permeates every audience and always to standing ovations. Don’t miss her if you gt a chance to hear her live!

    So it should be no surprise that her latest CD, Yuko Mabuchi Trio, is a joy to hear.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Don edwards

    Nicely done. Nice mix of classics with new music

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alan Bubitz

    Great set of music. Beautifully recorded. Yuko’s piano playing is captured realistically. The musicians are all captured beautifully in the Hall. Highly recommended recording of well played music. I hope you do more jazz recordings. This one and the Sophisticated Lady discs are top notch. Congrats on the good work.

    • Bob Attiyeh

      Thank you so much Alan. Glad you are enjoying Yarlung Jazz. And even happier you so liked Yuko Mabuchi Trio. We look forward to working with her and Del and Bobby again.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Iku Holladay

    I attended this Cammilleri Hall performance by Yuko Mabuchi Trio, and I have to say that the CD is just as great as the concert was. I remember tears of joy in my eyes during the medleys, and fresh tears returned when hearing them again on the recording. Thank you Yuko! You remind me of what is the best about Japan and the best about America. What a beautiful debut recording on Yarlung, which captures the magic of this now legendary session. Decades from now we in the audience will think back to that day and say “We were there!” 日本はあなたを誇りに思います!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kunihiro Kameda, The School Of Music Plan – Kyoto, Japan

    素晴らしい出来映えに感心しました。元生徒のYUKOちゃんですが、一人のアーティストYUKOの音楽として同業者として聞き入ってしまいました。タッチ、リズム、グルーブ感、全体のダイナミクス、全てにおいて進化しましたね。何よりもピアノが歌っていてハートと音が直結してる感じがします。Bs Drとのコンビネーションやバランスも良く、ライブ盤なのに完成度の高さに感心しました。アレンジもかっこいい!

    I am impressed with the wonderful quality of this recording. My former student, now a fully matured young artist, has evolved in every aspect: touch, rhythm, groove feeling, dynamics, everything. The piano is singing and the heart and the sound are directly connected. I was impressed with the high degree of professionalism and expertise captured in this live concert, including the beautiful balance with the drums and bass. Ms. Mabuchi’s arrangements are sophisticated and cool. I can now listen to Yuko Mabuchi as a peer, one musician to another.

    (rough translation from Japanese)

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