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Satoko Fujii - Joe Fonda: 4

Read "4" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

When pianist Satoko Fujii and bassist Joe Fonda first teamed up on Duet (Long Song Records, 2016), neither was familiar with the work of the other. Three short years later, “other" no longer applies, as the instantaneous rapport Fujii and Fonda found has led to a growing portfolio of cutting-edge music. 4 is the latest entry ...

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Satoko Fujii, Joe Fonda: Mizu

Read "Mizu" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Nel 2017 la Long Song Records aveva avuto modo di pubblicare un disco in duo della prolifica pianista giapponese Satoko Fujii con il contrabbassista statunitense Joe Fonda, Duet. Lo stesso anno e il successivo i due musicisti hanno attraversato l'Europa in tour, registrando assieme a Gianni Mimmo l'ottimo Triad, pubblicato dalla medesima etichetta italiana, che adesso ...

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Satoko Fujii: Triad

Read "Triad" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Tra la serie di dischi pubblicati, uno al mese, per festeggiare il compimento dei suoi sessant'anni, Satoko Fujii presenta anche questo Triad, registrato a Milano e uscito per l'italiana Long Song Records, che vede accanto a lei e al magnifico contrabbassista statunitense Joe Fonda il nostro Gianni Mimmo, che conferma di essere tra i migliori sassofonisti ...

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Satoko Fujii / Joe Fonda: Mizu

Read "Mizu" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Listening to Mizu, it is hard to believe that, just two years ago, Joe Fonda and Satoko Fujii were not only unacquainted with each other, but also with one another's music portfolios. With their Libra label debut Duet (2016) and their recent Libra trio collaboration Triad (2018) with saxophonist Gianni Mimmo, it rapidly became apparent that ...

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Satoko Fujii / Joe Fonda / Gianni Mimmo: Triad

Read "Triad" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It's difficult to cherry pick recordings from pianist Satoko Fujii's 60th-year birthday celebration releases that are coming at us every month in 2018. There are solo recordings, sessions with her various jazz orchestras, duos, trios and quartets. Can you pinpoint her as a composer, arranger, or improviser? Yes, yes, and yes. She's accomplished in every aspect ...

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Satoko Fujii: Triad

Read "Triad" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Triad is the fifth of twelve monthly albums to be released as part of pianist-composer Satoko Fujii's extended celebration of her sixtieth birthday. It is also her second album with the legendary American bassist Joe Fonda. Duet (Long Song Records, 2016), recorded live in Portland, Maine in 2015, had brought the pair together at Fonda's request ...

15 Italian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "15 Italian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

It is not unusual for colleagues and promoters from across Europe and the United States to ask me: “Which Italian jazz musicians should I check out?"

For decades, Italy has enjoyed an increasingly prominent place in the vast landscape of European Jazz. The names of some of its most famous players, like trumpeters Enrico ...

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Tiziano Tononi and Southbound: Trouble No More… All Men Are Brothers

Read "Trouble No More… All Men Are Brothers" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

La musica della Allman Brothers (e in fondo tutta una tradizione blues pregressa) a braccetto con Trane, Ayler, Mingus, il Davis orgiastico della svolta elettrica, e poi Rahsaan, Sun Ra, Cherry, l'Art Ensemble: questa, dichiaratamente, la linea percorsa dal nuovo lavoro del percussionista milanese, che del resto ad operazioni del genere è avvezzo da oltre venticinque ...

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Satoko Fujii / Joe Fonda: Duet

Read "Duet" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The story behind the creation of the miraculous album, Duet by pianist Satoko Fujii and bassist Joe Fonda is one of those things that makes one a believer in karma.

Although both have played with reed man Gebhard Ullmann in various configurations, Fujii and Fonda had never met, and had not heard much, if ...

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Satoko Fujii / Joe Fonda with Natsuki Tamura: Duet

Read "Duet" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Two of creative music's most inventive forces come together on Duet. Musical restiveness is at the core of pianist/accordionist and composer Satoko Fujii. With a catalogue three-score deep, she has covered formations from large orchestra to solo where the common denominator is her wide and daring exploration of improvisational spaces. Her adroit aptitude for moving through--and ...