'Asr Records Signs Pianist Sumi Tonooka


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Article by: Victoria Dunfee

Kansas City USA -- 'ASR RECORDS announces the addition of Sumi Tonooka - the established New York based pianist, composer, clinician and producer to our artist roster. Sumi Tonooka has been surprising and delighting audiences — and quietly piling up accolades from jazz writers and her fellow musicians. Leslie Gourse, of Jazz Times, describes her artistry with such phrases as: “Fierce, fascinating composer and pianist . . . a thoughtful, fresh voice . . . delicate and articulate . . . driving and dramatic." Working in trio or quartet with such noted jazz stalwarts as bassist Rufus Reid and drummers Akira Tana and Lewis Nash, Tonooka's recordings characteristically blend her own compositions with highly personal readings of jazz standards. She will be releasing two brand new CDs in the fall of 2005, one a trio project and the other with her quartet. Both releases will be available worldwide.
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