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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Satoko Fujii: The Kanreki Project

Read "Satoko Fujii: The Kanreki Project" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Over four decades of experimentation, Satoko Fujii has made a lasting mark on the contours of modern jazz. The wave after wave of expressive force she has unleashed emanate from the aesthetics of her home country, but are never bound exclusively to it. They form a distinctive sound belonging only to her, yet comprised of wide-ranging ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

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, ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously

Read "Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the first two parts of this series we looked at the origins of jazz in Japan and its adherence to the American style of composing, arranging and playing. Though jazz has been popular in Japan from the earliest days, it was--as in the United States--hardly met with unanimous approval in a country that prized classical ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

10³²K: The Law of Vibration

Read "The Law of Vibration" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

This is where the laws of physics meet the laws of the universe. The imaginative dynamism that marked 10³²K's debut That Which is Planted (Passin' Thru Records, 2014) is taken to another level on their new release The Law of Vibration. The trio of trombonist/trumpeter Frank Lacy, bassist Kevin Ray and percussionist Andrew Drury are joined ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Harvey Sorgen / Joe Fonda / Marilyn Crispell: Dreamstruck

Read "Dreamstruck" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Dreamstruck, the trio of drummer Harvey Sorgen, bassist Joe Fonda, and pianist Marilyn Crispell offer distinctive and fascinating interplay that explores the contours of romance, blues, free playing, and abstraction.

For the most part, the three musicians eschew formality in favor of spontaneous compositions that emphasize inventive contributions. But included in the mix ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Harvey Sorgen: Dreamstruck

Read "Dreamstruck" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Throughout Dreamstruck's reverberant, captivating terrain, drummer Harvey Sorgen, bassist Joe Fonda and pianist Marilyn Crispell embark on a willful, tenacious interplay that serves as a template for the deep, wide ranging political and personal discourse we all need to seriously engage ourselves in.

Crispell's whispery, born-of-the-moment, intro to “My Song" welcomes us instantly into ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Harvey Sorgen / Joe Fonda / Marilyn Crispell: Dreamstruck

Read "Dreamstruck" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Drummer/composer/educator Harvey Sorgen boasts an impressive worked with/recorded with resume. His highest profile booster might be a handful of recordings with the Jefferson Airplane offshoot Hot Tuna, followed by a number of releases with bassist Joe Fonda and the Fonda/Stevens Group. With Fonda involved, you know you'll hear some left-of-center sounds. Dreamstruck teams Fonda with Sorgen, ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

October Revolution 2018: John Zorn, The music of Legendary Hasaan with Christian McBride, Wolf Eyes & Marshall Allen, and more!

October Revolution 2018: John Zorn, The music of Legendary Hasaan with Christian McBride, Wolf Eyes & Marshall Allen, and more!

ACCLAIMED PHILADELPHIA FESTIVAL EXPANDS LINEUP The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music, a four-day international music festival presented by Ars Nova Workshop, in partnership with FringeArts, has confirmed several additional artists for its 2018 lineup as well as announcing single-day tickets. Featuring some of the most groundbreaking and uncategorizable artists in modern music, Ars Nova is ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Black Motor, Tomasz Stanko and Other New Releases

Read "Black Motor, Tomasz Stanko and Other New Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Finland's power trio, Black Motor, is sure to get your own motor running with a pair of tracks from a live recording issued by We Jazz. The music comes from a We Jazz festival held in Berlin in October last year which showcases some of their artists. This week's show also features music from the heart ...