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Satoko Fujii Four: When We Were There

Read "When We Were There" reviewed by Jim Santella

Satoko Fujii creates tone poems on When We Were There, which her quartet uses as stepping stones to enter the world of improvised jazz. Each member, an experienced veteran, turns it loose with unexpected surprises at every corner. At the piano, Fujii romps with quasi-rhythms and mood-changing harmonies. The dissonance and consonance of her pieces overlap, ...

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Satoko Fujii Four: When We Were There

Read "When We Were There" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

"Sandstorm, the opening cut on this album, is one of those all-hands-on-deck-and-make-some-noise extravaganzas that seem to be coming back into fashion (check out “3:10 Local on Dan Willis's Velvet Gentlemen (OmniTone,2006), or “Cosmic Tomes For Sleep Walking Lovers Part 1 on the Exploding Star Orchestra's We Are All From Somewhere Else (Thrill Jockey, 2007)). But, though ...

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Satoko Fujii Four: When We Were There

Read "When We Were There" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura, Mark Dresser and Jim Black took time off from their touring schedule in the fall of 2005 to record this CD. There were a couple of changes from their earlier efforts: this was the first time they had Tamura in the studio, and the pieces are shorter than what one has come ...

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Satoko Fujii Four: When We Were There

Read "When We Were There" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist/composer Satko Fujii--one of the more prolific jazz artists around--leads a variety of ensemble configurations from duos to to bands, and everthing in between. One of her longest-standing groups is her trio with drummer Jim Black and bassist Mark Dresser. When We Were There is the eighth CD she has recorded with the Dresser/Black team, and ...

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Satoko Fujii Four: When We Were There

Read "When We Were There" reviewed by Troy Collins

When We Were There is the first studio album by pianist Satoko Fujii's new quartet. Her long-running trio with bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Jim Black was recently augmented on 2004's Live In Japan (MTCJ) by her husband and frequent collaborator, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura. Eschewing the long form, multipart compositions she is known for, she shifts ...

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Satoko Fujii Four: Live in Japan 2004

Read "Live in Japan 2004" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Pianist/composer Satoko Fujii looms as a modernist via her adventurous big band endeavors, side projects and longstanding trio, featured here. With the addition of freewheeling trumpeter Natsuki Tamura on certain tracks, the band enjoys some added depth. But this is a unit that is sharply focused, and in certain instances it conveys the epitome of classic ...

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Satoko Fujii Four: Live in Japan 2004

Read "Live in Japan 2004" reviewed by Jim Santella

When pianist Satoko Fujii, along with her New York trio and her husband, performed this concert in Saitama, Japan on July 28, 2004, their cohesiveness brought a satisfying sensation before the audience. They built each piece with deliberation and stretched out with a free spirit.

“Illusion Suite" was recorded by Fujii's trio and released ...

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Satoko Fujii Four: Live in Japan 2004

Read "Live in Japan 2004" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Satoko Fujii creates one of the most original sounds in jazz, in any setting, though the word “jazz" is too confining to describe what she does. The ever-prolific Japanese-born pianist has recorded with about fifteen different ensemble configurations--everything from solo and duo outings to quartets and big bands, and much in between. Live in Japan 2004 ...