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White & Blue was selected as a Writers Choice 2000 as a Top 10 album of the Year by Coda magazine and earned considerable critical praise:

A trumpeter and two drummers might not be your usual trio format, but this threesome makes it work. Percussionists Jim Black and Aaron Alexander rumble, rattle, tap and scrape along on Tamura's expressive journeys across sonic landscapes not found on most maps—S.D. Feeney, Face Magazine

Adventurous listeners should turn their ears to White & Blue … Just open your mind—Ken Waxman, Jazz Weekly


A Song For Jyaki earned a Writers Choice 1998 as a Top 10 CD of the Year by Coda magazine, and has been called:

communicative, surprisingly so for a solo trumpet outing … mesmerising—Stephen C. Middleton, The Wire

A potent mix of passion and calculated madness, with Tamura's plaintive horn cry somewhere between a blast and a bleat. Tamura initiates a solo
statement that is in the great tradition of original music storytellers – his music magically captures the sounds of nature
—Rick Marx, Jazz Central Station

A solo trumpet album might seem a daunting walk for most players … But Japanese improviser Natsuki Tamura is a bold and innovative improviser, unafraid of the challenge
—James Lien, CMJ

How Many? earned equally strong praise:

Tamura is an insane trumpet player … he is in exclusive company. Lester Bowie, Leo Smith and Ornette (on trumpet) are among those who have sailed into these uncharted waters. Weird, subterranean, hilarious, wickedly creative music—Michael J. Williams, American Reporter

… exudes vulnerability and spontaneity, even as it possesses a great vitality. Tamura's is a similar sensibility … Together Tamura and Fujii construct perfect little structures; their collaboration is balanced, astute, and very musical. A lovely album—Chris Kelsey, Cadence

Fourteen extremely improvisatory tunes. To say that Tamura produces unusual and distorted sounds on his horn is an understatement … Their music catches you unaware, creating tension and intrigue—Marcela Breton, Jazz Times

Stimulating and challenging … a quite intriguing listen. Recommended—Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation

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