Natsuki Tamura – trumpet | Yasuko Kaneko – trombone | Kazuhiko Tsumura – guitar | Satoko Fujii – accordion
Recorded and mixed on June 18, 2013 by Holger Zimmermann of Picnicrecords Soundlab Berlin. Mastered on August 21, 2013 by Max Ross at Systems Two, New York. Executive producer: Satoko Fujii. Artwork & design: Masako Tanaka. Photo: Holger Zimmermann.
Tracklist: 1. DuDu [6:05] 2. Gato [6:13] 3. Nanook [7:25] 4. Rainy Day [8:22] 5. Scramble [5:33] 6. Mouse [6:46] 7. Cirencester [8:49] 8. B&B [5:40]
Gato Libre ran aground when our bass player, Norikatsu Koreyasu, passed away suddenly. I was not sure what to do, but decided to continue the band and invited a different guest player to sit in with us every time we performed.
When Yasuko Kaneko performed with the band, it felt right. Her trombone timbre matched the band well and she has a sweet and wonderful personality. I invited her again and then I decided to ask her to become part of Gato Libre.
We restarted the Gato Libre quartet with strange instrumentation – trumpet, trombone, accordion and guitar. When I compose I think about this new instrumentation so the music is now different from before. I hope you enjoy the strange newborn Gato Libre. — Natsuki Tamura
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