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Satoko Fujii: the Gift of Music

Read "Satoko Fujii: the Gift of Music" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

One of the most original and prolific voices in jazz today, Satoko Fujii is celebrating 2018, the year of her 60th birthday (which will fall on October 9th), by intensifying her already intense recording schedule. The Japanese pianist and composer will be releasing one CD a month featuring new works for some of her current groups, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Kira Kira: Bright Force

Read "Bright Force" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The label “music" may be too confining for these sounds. Let us call it an ear-opening sonic experience. That's what pianist Satoko Fujii, with her new group, Kira Kira, has created with a compelling recording called Bright Force.

In the year 2018, every review of Fujii's output will include a prelude describing her decision ...

Stephanie Richards: Fullmoon

Read "Fullmoon" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

With the release of Fullmoon, trumpeter and composer Stephanie Richards joins the ranks of Susana Santos Silva, Franz Hautzinger, Peter Evans and Nate Wooley. This enlightened group of trumpeters have taken the art of the solo to new heights with various combinations of extended technique, microtonality, free improvisation and electronic/acoustic experimentation. Here, Richards touches on almost ...

Satoko Fujii: Atody Man

Read "Atody Man" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Secondo album (dopo lo splendido Solo) dei dodici previsti quest'anno da Satoko Fujii per celebrare il sessantesimo compleanno (clicca qui per leggere la sua intervista), questo Atody Man vede la pianista alla testa del suo quartetto Kaze nel quale oltre la tromba del compagno Natsuki Tamura troviamo i francesi Chistian Pruvost, anch'egli alla tromba, e Peter ...

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin: Ninety-Nine Years

Read "Ninety-Nine Years" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Three months and three releases into the Satoko Fujii's sixtieth birthday project, the eclectic composer keeps the mix from her musical arsenal, a varied and intriguing monthly adventure. Ninety-Nine Years follows her 2018 Libra releases Solo and Kaze's Atody Man and here Fujii calls out her larger company of Orchestra Berlin. Of her five distinct orchestras, ...

Kaze: Atody Man

Read "Atody Man" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The second offering in Satoko Fujii's 60th birthday CD-a-month marathon is by her long time quartet, Kaze. The group's instrumentation of two trumpets, piano and drums would lead you to think it's heavily experimental and abstract, but while those elements are present, there is, on Atody Man, always a sense of order to this music with ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

L'eclettismo di Satoko Fujii

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Mentre è uscito Solo, primo dei ben dodici album che Satoko Fujii ha annunciato per il 2018, anno in cui compirà sessant'anni, ci occupiamo qui di tre dei numerosi ed eccellenti lavori da lei pubblicati nel 2017, che ne illustrano particolarmente la poliedricità: nel primo infatti Satoko non è al pianoforte, bensì alla fisarmonica; nel secondo ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Satoko Fujii: Solo

Read "Solo" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il 2017 è stato per la pianista giapponese Satoko Fujii un anno di grazia, che l'ha vista pubblicare un impressionante numero di lavori di altissimo livello nelle più diverse formazioni -come Aspiration, in quartetto con Wadada Leo Smith, Natsuki Tamura e Ikue Mori, Trouble Kaze in sestetto, Peace con l'orchestra di Tokio e Invisible Hand in ...