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With its second album, the Satoko Fujii Quartet takes off. Minerva – the Roman goddess of wisdom, invention, the arts, and martial prowess – must surely be looking down from her high abode these days and smiling. Perhaps Lester Bowie and Don Pullen are sitting alongside her. After all, they share Minerva’s respect for invention and wisdom in the arts more than most earthly souls do.
Pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura have picked up the gauntlet. The husband/wife team's battle for artistic freedom earns them a gold medal this time out. Last year’s Vulcan and Clouds made a lasting impression, but their new album wins in all categories. Avant- garde rock, free jazz, modern mainstream, new music, and creative music merge into one satisfying session. Tamura’s soulful theme on “Weft” soars gracefully over a strong foundation. Tatsuya Yoshida’s distinctive rock beat throughout “Warp” forms a familiar path to contrast with the song’s intro, which features his electronically processed vocalizing. Later, Takeharu Hayakawa’s virtuosic bass solo in “Weft” leads to a frantic quartet jam. Improvisation rules.
Fujii’s creative piano journeys connect these original pieces to the tradition of jazz. Plucked piano strings and eerie vocal mechanics serve to add a fresh aroma to the quartet’s collective voice. As they stroll hand in hand through “Caught in a Web,” for example, the artists embellish its firm, musical walkway with sizzling cymbals, pedal moans, brassy screams, hoarse sustains, and perky piano counterpoint. Every bar is an adventure to be savored again and again.
Track Listing: Tatsu Take; Warp; Selvedge; Weft; Caught in a Web.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com