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Alister Spence & Satoko Fujii Orchestra Kobe: Imagine Meeting You Here

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Un bell'organico composto da musicisti in orbita-Satoko Fujii (a partire dal marito e compagno di mille battaglie musicali Natsuki Tamura) rilegge pagine orchestrali frutto della vis compositiva dell'australiano Alister Spence, con cui la pianista nipponica ha ripetutamente collaborato in tempi più o meno recenti (il loro primo incontro risale al 2007).

L'impianto è—per così dire—misto, nel senso che a passaggi corali nitidamente predeterminati si alternano aree improvvisative piuttosto libere (non il classico assolo sopra un dato tessuto tematico, per intenderci), in un palleggiarsi di umori (prevale comunque un clima pieno, spesso rigoglioso, fatto salvo l'episodio conclusivo, più compassato, persino dimesso) che non può che far bene alla musica e alla sua fruizione da parte di chi ascolta, a cominciare ovviamente dagli spettatori del concerto di cui l'album è testimonianza, tenutosi il 10 settembre 2017 al Big Apple di Kobe.

Il disco non appartiene alla serie "un CD al mese" con cui per tutto il 2018 Satoko Fujii ha voluto celebrare i suoi sessant'anni (compiuti, pensiamo felicemente, lo scorso 9 ottobre), essendo in effetti uscito già nel 2019, ma se appendice (o compendio) doveva esserci a tale sequenza, ci sentiamo di affermare che, pur con qualche episodico calo di tensione, questo lavoro orchestrale risponde felicemente a tale dettato.

Track Listing: Imagine Meeting You Here 1 (Imagine); Imagine Meeting You Here 2 (Meeting); Imagine Meeting You Here 3 (You); Imagine Meeting You Here 4 (Here); Imagine Meeting You Here 5 (Postscript).

Personnel: Ko Iwata, Yasuhisa Mizutani: alto saxophone; Eiichiro Arasaki: tenor saxophone, shakuhachi; Tsutomu Takei: tenor saxophone; Keizo Nobori: baritone saxophone; James Barrett, Shojiro Yokoo, Natsuki Tamura, Rabito Arimoto: trumpets; Yusuko Kaneko, Yusuke Imanishi: trombones; Takumi Seino: guitar; Satoko Fujii: piano; Hiroshi Funato: bass; Yoshikazu Isaki: drums; Alister Spence: conductor.

Title: Imagine Meeting You Here | Year Released: 2019 | Record Label: Alister Spence Music

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