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Radio & Podcasts

Jazz Women From All Over The World

Read "Jazz Women From All Over The World" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This program features female jazz musicians from foreign countries such as Satoko Fujii, Hedvig Mollestad, and Nelly Pouget as well as Americans like Catherine Russell, Maria Schneider and Jamie Baum. The opening seconds of the introduction are cut off on this show but all the music is intact. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Amanda Addleman “This Is The ...

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Building a Jazz Library

The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 4: Quartets

Read "The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 4: Quartets" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Satoko Fujii's recorded output comes at you hard and fast. It can overwhelm. In 2018—in celebration of her sixtieth birthday—the pianist/composer/bandleader released an album a month. Not download offerings, but real, handsomely produced CDs, with top of-the-line cover art and sturdy cardboard covers—jewels for the eye, ear and hand. Several other years have seen a release schedule nearly as aggressive as 2018's. And she has been at it for the entire twenty-first century, after her start a decade earlier, with, ...

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Building a Jazz Library

The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 3: Trios

Read "The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 3: Trios" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Satoko Fujii's trio work, in the classic format of piano, bass and drums, or with various other instruments making up the threesome— most notably Natsuki Tamura's trumpet—are as adventurous as anything she does. Spaciousness is more prevalent, though onslaughts of dense clusters still show up. As with every effort she puts out, she is joyously original. This Is It!Mosaic Libra Records2021 Mosaic, a piano, trumpet, drums outing, is playful and fresh, multi-layered and ...

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Building a Jazz Library

The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 2: Duos

Read "The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 2: Duos" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Satoko Fujii releases a lot of albums. Most of them are regular CDs, but she has also moved into the Bandcamp offerings, online only. The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 1 featured four different sides of her artistry: Solo, duo, trio, quartet and orchestra. Part 2 will showcase some of her outstanding duo discs. Satoko Fujii / Ramon Lopez Confluence Libra Records2019 Satoko Fujii and drummer Ramon Lopez had never recorded together before their ...

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Building a Jazz Library

The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part One: Solo, Duo, Trio, Quartet and Orchestra

Read "The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part One: Solo, Duo, Trio, Quartet and Orchestra" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Satoko Fujii's recorded output comes at you hard and fast. It can overwhelm. In 2018—in celebration of her sixtieth birthday—the pianist/composer/bandleader released an album a month. Not download offerings, but real, handsomely produced CDs, with top of-the-line cover art and sturdy cardboard covers—jewels for the eye, ear and hand. Several other years have seen a release schedule neary as aggressive as 2018's. And she's been at it for the entire twenty-first century, after her start a decade earlier, with, most ...

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Album Review

Futari: Underground

Read "Underground" reviewed by John Sharpe


Pandemic enforcement of geographic separation in no way inconveniences the adventurous combo of pianist Satoko Fujii and vibraphonist Taiko Saito, working together under the banner Futari. Having explored the option of a virtual band on Mosaic (Libra, 2021) by her This Is It! trio, Fujii tries a different approach on Underground, her second album with Saito following Beyond (Libra, 2020). Each recorded their parts separately in their respective residencies, Fujii at home in Kobe in Japan, and Saito 5500 miles ...

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Album Review

This Is It!: Mosaic

Read "Mosaic" reviewed by John Sharpe


Fittingly for an artist as relentlessly exploratory as pianist Satoko Fujii, on Mosaic she pushes at the boundaries of recording technology, as well as the music, and comes up trumps. For the second release from the trio This Is It! lack of physical proximity proved no obstacle. Confined to base during the pandemic, Fujii and husband trumpeter Natsuki Tamura coordinated their parts in her tiny practice room, while drummer Takashi Itani collaborated from his apartment bedroom 264 miles away in ...


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