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From Me to You

Released August 2003


  1. Samurai Hee-Haw

  2. From Me To You

  3. Joan

  4. Just Once

  5. After Touch

  6. J-Town Blues

  7. Rachael's Song

  8. Three Views of a Secret

  9. The Innocence of a Child

  10. Just For You

DAVID YAMASAKI guitar (all selections)
DAVID BELOVE bass (1, 2, 3, 5)
TOM MILLER drums (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9)
KENNY PENALVER keyboards (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9)
STEVE KIM bass (4, 8, 9)
BEN LUIS bass (6)
MARK FOGLIA drums (6)
RON STALLINGS tenor sax (6)
JIM GARDINER keyboards/sequencing (7)
MICHAEL SPIRO percussion (8)


Recorded at Pajama Studios, Oakland CA Engineers: Jim Gardiner and Blair Collins
& RFI Studios, Seattle WA Engineers: Rick Fisher and Jim Gardiner

Samurai Hee-Haw / M. Johnson (Icon Tact Music/BMI)
From Me To You / D. Yamasaki (Yamasaki Music/BMI)
Joan / D. Yamasaki (Yamasaki Music/BMI)
Just Once / B. Mann, C. Weill (Sony/ATV Songs LLC DBA ATV)
After Touch / D. Yamasaki (Yamasaki Music/BMI)
J-Town Blues / D. Yamasaki, K. Penalver (Yamasaki Music/BMI)
Rachael's Song / J. Gardiner (Jawizmusic/ASCAP)
Three Views of a Secret / Jaco Pastorius (Mowgli Publishing)
The Innocence of a Child / K. Penalver (Penalver Music/BMI)
Just For You / D. Yamasaki (Yamasaki Music/BMI)

Inside Liner Notes:

What can I say? The San Francisco Bay Area rocks. And one of the things I love most about it is the musical versatility. Not only the extremely wide range of styles and expression found here such as jazz, blues, R&B, funk, soul, Latin American, etc., but also the fact that the area attracts musicians like David Yamasaki, who combine the above mentioned elements, always prioritizing love and integrity over the commercial demands of clubs, record labels, and the industry in general.

David's notoriety as a first call guitarist for studio and live performance is no surprise to me. The fact that he is not much more widely known is indicative of how the business of music so often misses the boat. I had the honor of playing with him in the mid-eighties for about four years in the orchestra of maestro Pete Escovedo. It so happened that our stage set up found David and I right next to each other where I heard and felt every note he played. He never ceased to amaze me with his rock solid rhythmic accompaniment while his outrageously creative and flawless solos wowed the musicians and audience every time. I've also played with him countless times since those days with Wayne Wallace's Rhythm and Thyme and even with my own band in the studio, and it's always a great pleasure to hear, watch and feel him burst through his guitar and grab everyone in the room. He plays with so much honesty, freedom and joy, that it's truly contagious. David is constantly striving to improve and push the parameters. He richly deserves the high respect bestowed upon him by all his peers and colleagues.

From Me to You is a wonderful example of some of the best of our local crew of stellar musicians coming together around David's emotive guitar - at once elegant, tender and powerful. His broad-based influence and innate musicality is in plain evidence here. Check out the intense urban edge of J-Town Blues, the high danceability of the jazzy cha cha cha From Me to You, the proud Asian triple meter adventurousness of Samurai Hee Haw (title notwithstanding), David's lilting samba/mambo arrangement of Jaco's Three Views of a Secret, or any one of the several gorgeous ballads and semi-ballads like Just For You, Just Once, or Rachael's Song. Everything is passionate, yet has a relaxed, natural flow that gives the deceptive impression that it's easy to do. It ain't!

David's work as a composer/arranger is also remarkable throughout this recording. He wrote half the tunes and the imaginative arrangements are all his too! To top it off, he's a dedicated, great teacher of kids. He's shared his vast knowledge and experience with thousands of youngsters for many years throughout the San Francisco Bay Area where he has been commended and recognized for his outstanding service. David Yamasaki is the total package - a musician's musician who always reaches the hearts of his listeners. It's time the public and the music business caught up with him.

John Santos
Oakland, CA
April 2003


Read the review in
DOWNBEAT Magazine,
page 78, Dec. 2004