Exposé Online banner

Gato Libre — DuDu
(Libra 104-035, 2014, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-07-28

DuDu Cover artThe more one listens to this, the more interesting it gets. Gato Libre is an unusual four-piece ensemble led by Japanese trumpeter Natsuki Tamura; they’ve been a going concern for about ten years or so and have half a dozen releases to their credit. Essentially an instrumental jazz and improv unit with some solid folk and chamber influences, what makes them radically different and unusual is their lack of any drummer or percussionist, resulting in a more gentle and free spirited style, often approaching the introspective. For their first five releases the quartet included bass, guitar, and accordion, the latter played by Satoko Fujii. Following their 2012 release Forever, and the passing of their bassist Norikatsu Koreyasu, there was some uncertainty whether the group would be able to continue, but following some live auditions it was decided that trombonist Yasuko Kaneko brought some fresh ingredients to the sound while also filling in the much needed low end of the sonic palette. Guitarist Kazuhiko Tsumura plays mostly slower melodic figures on an acoustic, adding to the overall gentle and tranquil feel. Tamura’s trumpet is the predominant soloing instrument, and it follows that he is the composer of all eight tracks. While Tamura and Fujii are known for their jazz work, and Tamura’s compositions are somewhat informed by that idiom, the music of the quartet on DuDu is not so confined, finding a more free approach with as much classical and folk elements in their mix, a unique experience that truly eschews comparisons.

Filed under: New releases, 2014 releases

Related artist(s): Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura, Gato Libre

Latest news

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ian Anderson - Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull – Over the last several years, Ian Anderson has been taking breaks from his regular band work for the occasional solo album and tour. On this occasion, his four-piece backing band is supplemented by a...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues