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New York's 24th Annual Vision Festival

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Although Europe has a plethora of creative improvised music festivals throughout the year, drawing on a large audience base of appreciative fans, one festival in the USA stands out as the beacon of hope and encouragement for this music in its native land. Now in its 24th year, New York's Vision Festival, presented by Arts for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

This is It!: 1538

Read "1538" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

For 2018, the year of her 60th birthday, pianist and composer Satoko Fujii has set herself the task of releasing a CD every month in all sorts of configurations, from solo piano and duos to small groups and orchestras. Her trio, This is It!, is a new group derived from an earlier quartet that featured bassist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

This Is It!: 1538

Read "1538" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist/composer Satoko Fujii's June 2018 edition of her CD-release-a-month celebration of her sixtieth birthday introduces a new trio, called This Is It!. The group's debut recording takes its name from the Celsius melting point of iron. The group is a variation on the Satoko Fujii New Trio, a piano trio that released the excellent Spring Storm ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Satoko Fujii: Invisible Hand

Read "Invisible Hand" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Pianist and composer Satoko Fujii, otherwise known by the cognoscenti as “the Ellington of free jazz" and “musical citizen of the world," has produced an enormous body of work as a leader, co-leader or sideman that now numbers around 80 CDs in many configurations ranging from solo to big band. After spending even a short time ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Satoko Fujii Tobira: Yamiyo Ni Karasu

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Tobira--porta in giapponese--è la nuova formazione di Satoko Fujii nata accorpando al New Trio--Todd Nicholson al contrabbasso, Takashi Itani alla batteria--il marito e trombettista Natsuki Tamura. Decisione presa dopo alcune occasionali partecipazioni durante i tour del 2014 in Europa e Nord America e scelta, come è sempre accaduto riguardo le numerose formazioni allestite nel corso della ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Satoko Fujii with her various ensembles: Ichicgo Icihie, Yamiyo Ni Karasu and Kaze's Uminari

Read "Satoko Fujii with her various ensembles: Ichicgo Icihie, Yamiyo Ni Karasu and Kaze's Uminari" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Words like superb, outstanding or splendid are redundant when writing about pianist, accordionist and composer Satoko Fujii. With an average of five releases per year over the past decade, she is indeed one of the most prolific musicians. The abundance of her output though is never at the expense of its quality or originality. As the ...

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Satoko Fujii Tobira: Yamiyo Ni Karasu

Read "Yamiyo Ni Karasu" reviewed by Budd Kopman

If it were possible to give ten stars to Yamiyo Ni Karasu, it would deserve every single one for its power, inventiveness and the sheer ecstasy of creation in the moment.

Pianist, composer, improviser and overall whirlwind Satoko Fujii returns to once again to lead a quartet, Tobira, which was built from New Trio ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Vision Festival 19 Has The Matthew Shipp Trio In The Thick Of It

Vision Festival 19 Has The Matthew Shipp Trio In The Thick Of It

In many ways, Saturday is a miniature of the entire guiding outlook and purpose of this annual love labor from Arts For Art. All elements, discussion, youth support, poetry and a well sequenced array of distinct and personal performance statements are present and the stalwart Matthew Shipp Trio speaks to the element of continuity. A FUTURE OF VISION (Honoring the Next Generation) 12:30 ...

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Satoko Fujii New Trio: Spring Storm

Read "Spring Storm" reviewed by John Sharpe

Back at the start of her career, Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii's reputation was considerably enhanced by her stellar trio with bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Jim Black. Together they waxed seven discs, with the last Trace A River (Libra) in 2008. Since then, the traditional piano trio hasn't appeared in her prodigious output, until the New ...

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Billy Bang: Da Bang!

Read "Da Bang!" reviewed by Troy Collins

Da Bang! is the last studio album recorded by violinist Billy Bang, made just two months before he passed away on April 11, 2011. Diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, Bang spoke about the healing power of music during these sessions and how he wanted to give something back to those who inspired and supported him. ...