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Satoko Fujii Tokyo Trio: Jet Black

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Satoko Fujii Tokyo Trio: Jet Black
Satoko Fuji, a visionary pianist and composer hailing from Japan, has carved a distinct niche for herself in the world of modern jazz. Her unique style and innovative approach to music have garnered acclaim from critics and audiences alike. On her second outing with the Tokyo Trio, comprising herself on piano, Takashi Suguwa on bass, and Ittetsu Takemura on drums, Jet Black shines as a mesmeric and thought-provoking endeavor that explores the depths of human emotion and musical expression.

Satoko Fuji's piano work is captivating, effortlessly conveying introspection and exuberance. Her compositions often tread a fine line between structured beauty and spontaneous improvisation, giving the listener a sense of anticipation and excitement.

This album not only stands as a testament to Fujii's brilliance as a composer and performer but also underscores the Trio's collective virtuosity in crafting a musical experience that resonates with modernism. With its intricate interplay, bold improvisations, and memorable melodic intervals amid tumultuous overtures, the audiophile quality of the recording provides a radiant aura.

The trio unleashes their full creative force, engaging in a thrilling exchange of musical ideas on "Sky Reflection," starting with Sugawa's barely perceptible arco lines, leading to a delicate entry point for Fuji performing atop a hallowed backdrop. Moreover, the band has room to breathe, and the music is uncluttered. The intensity and constructive interactions are palpable, leaving the listener on the edge of their seat throughout. Here, the musicians proclaim emotive characteristics, also delving into pensive inner workings. An element of surprise is a relenting attribute, escalated by brief moments of crazed delirium, offset by Fuji's lush phrasings. The interplay between piano, bass, and drums is well- executed, maintaining a sense of continuity and unpredictability throughout.

On "From Sometime" they pursue dissonant and low-key improvising, as the band takes a reflective stance within a stark musical climate: abetted by softly tuneful encounters and other parts developed with playful havoc that numbs the senses. Hence, Jet Black is more than music; it is a journey through the endless possibilities of sound, rhythm, and expression.

Track Listing

Along The Way; Gentle Slope; Sky Reflection; From Sometime; Take A Step; Jet Black.

Personnel

Tokyo Trio
band / ensemble / orchestra

Album information

Title: Jet Black | Year Released: 2024 | Record Label: Libra Records

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