WaFoo Chamber Unit @ Tuttoriso in Staten Island, NY


It is only natural that, after the summer time ended, the sun is setting surprisingly earlier than a week ago. Around 5pm, the sky on the west is already in madder red.


Kazuo the bassist and Yuuki the flautist had to play for an opera on that evening so I sat in as a bassist which is very rare. I have played the bass with WaFoo only twice before so this one makes the third time.



With Takeshi the keyboardist and Eiji the guitarist, we played relatively tough jazz tunes which are not really the most popular Jazz Standards, like Bill Evans' "Very Early." We, jazz musicians, have got to have the ability to make the difficult tunes sound easy and also beautifully plus naturally like a current of river. If you think jazz musicians play whatever they want - well well well - we have our share of trials and tribulations behind the scene. WaFoo especially has the people who are fond of putting extra unusual notes and chords here and there, like that guy and that guy, habitual training of playing those tough tunes is therefore absolutely necessary.

Oops, I was forgetting I am a percussionist in this band and it does not matter how tough the harmonies would be. My bandmates, break a leg. Ha-ha-ha.
Eiji Obata (Guitar)
Takeshi Asai (Keyboard)
Ippei Ichimaru (Bass)

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