Satoko Fujii: April Shower
The fifteen tracks on April Shower include four solo piano performances, four "piano + piano" pieces, and seven duets. When Fujii has the stage to herself, she tends to explore a lush, lyrical sound. With Feldman, she tends to operate more in the realm of abstract adventurism, though certain pieces (like "Then I Met You") offer a more instrospective approach. It's interesting to check out the contrasts between the piano pieces and the violin duets. Without a partner, Fujii plays almost as if she has two voices. But Feldman's full-tilt explorations of tone, color, melody and density tend to pull Fujii into clustery punches and detours inside the piano. Among contemporary pianists, Fujii has a remarkably expansive musical vision. Her work gets stronger with each record, as she finds new ways to bring disparate concepts together into a coherent whole. April Shower marks a welcome step forward in Fujii's musical evolution. Though you might have trouble finding this Japanese release, it's well worth the effort.
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Track Listing: April Shower; Mirage; Inference; After You Have Gone; Then I Met You; In the Morning; In Parenthesis; I Know You Don't Know; The Snow Was Falling Slowly; Gnome; Nice Talking to You; Behind the Notes; A Strange Piece of News; Right Before You Found It; White Sky.
Personnel: Satoko Fujii: piano; Mark Feldman: violin.
Record Label: Ewe Records
Style: Modern Jazz