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Satoko Fujii / Ramon Lopez / Natsuki Tamura: Mantle

Read "Mantle" reviewed by John Sharpe

Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii rarely stands still. When she and Spanish drummer Ramon Lopez toured Japan in 2019 on the back of their duo album Confluence (Libra, 2019), they took the opportunity to add Fujii's partner trumpeter Natsuki Tamura to the line up. To make things fresher still, they set themselves a challenge: to each write a new piece for the trio every day. Mantle, recorded in the studio the day after the tour concluded, collects their favorite numbers, three ...

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Natsuki Tamura, Satoko Fujii and Ramon Lopez: Mantle

Read "Mantle" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and pianist Satoko Fujii have made so many records together that it seems impossible to keep track of them all. Partners in life and in music, they have collaborated on everything from duo recordings to Fujii's large-scale orchestras. In 2020 alone, their Kaze quartet released Sandstorm (Circum-Disc) featuring electronics specialist Ikue Mori, and Mori teamed again with Fujii and Tamura on Prickly Pear Cactus (Libra). They also added another duo release, Pentas: A Tribute to Eric and ...

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Satoko Fujii, Ramon Lopez: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Oltrepassata la soglia dei sessanta, traguardo che ha cadenzato il 2018 al ritmo di un disco al mese, Satoko Fujii, avendoci evidentemente preso gusto, sta continuando a produrre nuovi lavori magari non più a quei ritmi ma comunque con generosa disponibilità, diciamo così. Svelatosi una ventina d'anni or sono in particolare nei gruppi di Sylvain Kassap, il batterista franco-spagnolo Ramon Lopez è il suo dirimpettaio in questo bell'album in cui trovano posto sei improvvisazioni in studio più ...

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Satoko Fujii / Ramon Lopez: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Satoko Fujii's duo recordings are among her most interesting projects. Those one-on-one situations bring out creative energy in the improviser that becomes perpetual movement between musicians. The shape-shifting artist has worked this magic with Australian pianist Alister Spence, bassist Joe Fonda, violinists Mark Feldman and Carla Kihlstedt, and Fujii's husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura. Similarly, Fujii's work with artists with whom she is less familiar seems to spark the inventive challenge she thrives on. That is the case on Confluence with ...

Album Review

Satoko Fujii/Ramon Lopez: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Satoko Fujii has collected a lot of musical soul mates over her twenty-plus year, eighty-plus album career: pianist Paul Bley, her early mentor; trumpeter (and husband) Natsuki Tamura; electronics wizard/keyboardfisit Alister Spence, to name a few notables. All three have teamed with Fujii for at least one extraordinary duo album apiece, showcasing deep connections and near supernatural simpaticos with Fujii's singular artistic vision. Confluence introduces yet another of Fujii's kindred spirits to her duo recording ouvre: Spanish ...

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Ramon Lopez: Threefold

Read "Threefold" reviewed by John Sharpe

A quick glance at the discography of Spanish drummer Ramon Lopez reveals a musician steeped in diversity, both geographical and stylistic. It's striking that so few of his releases share the same line up, notwithstanding his enduring partnership with pianist Agusti Fernandez. So perhaps it's no surprise that on Threefold he pilots the debut of a multinational trio completed by British trumpeter Percy Pursglove and Polish acoustic bass guitarist Rafal Mazur. The association with Pursglove stems from the involvement of ...

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Ramon Lopez: Kalimba & Drums Solo II: Swinging with Doors

Read "Ramon Lopez: Kalimba & Drums Solo II: Swinging with Doors" reviewed by Celeste Sunderland

Joachim Kuhn and Majid Bekkas Kalimba (with Ramon Lopez) ACT Music 2007 Ramon Lopez Drums Solo II: Swinging with Doors Leo 2007

Despite the virtuosic complexity of Joachim Kühn, Majid Bekkas and Ramon Lopez' new album Kalimba, its most moving moment occurs when Bekkas' course, gorgeous vocals begin the chorus on ...


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