Satoko Fujii Four: Live in Japan 2004 (2006)
Contrasts abound on this democratic engagement where soloists share equal ground. Bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Jim Black provide a limber foundation as they partake in the often frisky jabs and explorative four-way dialogues. At times, the trio expands and contracts fragmented themes. However, most of these works are built upon pumping grooves to complement moments of near quietude. On "Looking out of the Window, Tamura renders yearning lines, nicely counterbalanced by Fujii's intuitive countermeasures. Black subtly accelerates the overall momentum with his up-tempo brush work as the band culminates the proceedings with a grandiose and irrefutably explosive finale. The trio projects gobs of power, wit, technical excellence and extraordinary communication. Don't let this one slip away...
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Track Listing: Ninepin; Illusion Suite; Looking out of the Window; An Insane Scheme.
Personnel: Natsuki Tamura: trumpet; Satoko Fujii: piano; Mark Dresser; bass; Jim Black: drums.
Record Label: Polystar
Style: Modern Jazz