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Satoko Fujii: Satoko Fujii Solo

Read "Satoko Fujii Solo" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In celebration of her sixtieth birthday, pianist/composer Satoko Fujii plans to release twelve albums in one year; one for each month of 2018. With many other artists it would be fair to question whether such output would compromise the integrity of the music but Fujii is--and has been--one of the most inexhaustible artists of her kind. ...

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Satoko Fujii: Satoko Fujii Solo

Read "Satoko Fujii Solo" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Any solo performance in any discipline--oration, gymnastics, stand-up comedy, music--walks a line between ho-hum and outstanding, between masterful and magnificent. For the pianist, the solo show offers a daunting challenge, and potentially the greatest reward.

Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii takes the alone-at-the-keyboard challenge with the first disc in a proposed “one CD release ...

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Satoko Fujii: Solo

Read "Solo" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Solo piano performances generally fall into one of two categories--introverted or extraverted affairs. Obvious examples of extraverts are Fats Waller and Art Tatum, while inward-looking pianists are Brad Mehldau and Bill Evans. Extraverts play music pointed at the audience, while introverts internalize the experience.

How then do we categorize the music of Satoko Fujii? ...

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Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Fukushima

Read "Fukushima" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

In 2011 an earthquake set into motion the events that would create partial meltdown of fuel rods in the reactors in nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Radiation was released. The effects are still felt, and will be for decades (at least)--an especially troubling situation for the only country to have experienced the initially catastrophic and ...

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Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Fukushima

Read "Fukushima" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Satoko Fujii's Orchestra New York has been together since their 1997 debut South Wind (Leo Lab/Libra). A “super group" by any standards, it has remained largely intact over the course of twenty years, bringing the ensemble to its latest release, Fukushima, a memorial suite. The Fukushima nuclear accident was caused by a major earthquake and a ...

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Satoko Fujii, Wadada Leo Smith, Natsuki Tamura, Ikue Mori: Aspiration

Read "Aspiration" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Quattro pezzi di Satoko Fujii, uno di Natsuki Tamura e un'improvvisazione collettiva compongono questo album, riferibile in primo luogo alla pianista, ma che prosegue al tempo stesso la serie di produzioni discografiche della coppia Fujii/Tamura (che come molti sapranno sono moglie e marito), in questi ultimi anni particolarmente trafficata, con esiti non sempre all'altezza di quanto ...

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Satoko Fujii: Aspiration

Read "Aspiration" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

A descent into minimalist precision and emotive texture, Satoku Fuji's Aspiration bequeaths listeners with the depths of creativity that stems from residing on the edge of the avant-garde for decades. Which is precisely where music pioneers pianist Fuji, long-time trumpet partner Natsuki Tamura, electronica experimentalist Ikue Mori, and innovator Wadada Leo Smith remain.

The album's ...

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Satoko Fujii: Aspiration

Read "Aspiration" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The teaming of pianist Satoko Fujii with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, both artists possessed of unwavering and uncompromising artistic visions, comes to life with Aspiration. Trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, Fujii's husband and musical partner is here too, as is laptop/electronics wizardess, Ikue Mori, making it a quartet of iconoclasts.

Smith and Tamura, two of the ...

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Satoko Fujii / Wadada Leo Smith / Natsuki Tamura / Ikue Mori: Aspiration

Read "Aspiration" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The soul of Gato Libre, and the glue that holds numerous global jazz orchestras together, are in the musical and personal partnership that has mastered creative music in a variety of formations and settings. Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura are prolific and boundless and Aspiration is the latest of their more than sixty recordings together. Aspiration ...

Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura: Kisaragi

Read "Kisaragi" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

As creative pairings go, there are none who surpass trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and pianist Satoko Fujii. The husband and wife team play together in various settings from Fujii's numerous orchestras (New York, Berlin, Tokyo), the quartet Kaze, and the (now) trio formation Gato Libre. The results are never predictable. Their duo outings, more often than not, ...