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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 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 ...

Christian Windfeld/Julius Schwing: Rhubarb

Read "Rhubarb" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bruny Island sits off the coast of the Australian state of Tasmania--the adopted home of guitarist Julius Schwing. With its iconic lighthouse, large populations of endangered bird species and spacious, uninhabited regions, Schwing, upon his first visit, found it an inspiration. Originally inhabited only by Aborigines, it is home to wallabies and penguins and provides an ...

Larry Ochs Sax And Drumming Core: Wild Red Yellow

Read "Wild Red Yellow" reviewed by John Sharpe

Reedman Larry Ochs' Sax And Drumming Core was famously once threatened by a punter calling the police because they weren't conforming to his narrow definition of jazz. Wild Red Yellow constitutes the second outing by the augmented version of the band responsible for that misdemeanor, following as it does from Stone Shift (Rogue Art, 2009), which ...

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, ...