by Jim Santella
Another in a fine series of big band albums that pianist Satoko Fujii has released, Kobe Yee!! features the ensemble that she works with when she's in town. Kobe, Japan, that is.
This fifteen-piece band interprets her music with a fierce attitude, as each selection comes laden with the force of collective power. On Tobifudo we're treated to her percussive piano fortitude as she releases a ton of energy into its introduction, inspiring the rest of the band ...read more
by Dan McClenaghan
"I just write some music and lead them," says Satoko Fujii, of her Satoko Fujii Orchestra Kobe. This statement by the Japanese-born pianist/composer of unrestricted imagination refers to the fact that rehersals, gigs and recordings for this particular band are handled by Tetsumasa Kono. The prolific Fujii obviously has a plate piled high with musical projects. Kobe Yee!! is one of four simultaneously released big band discs, hot on the heels of avant trio outings, power house quartet sets, and ...read more