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Fragment

Label: Libra Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: A Dream in the Dawn; Ants Are Crossing the Highway; Getting Lost on Snowy Day; At Intersection, on a Rainy Day; Looking Out of the Window; Your Neighbors; Wok Cooking; Tin Can Godzilla; Cats' Nap; Lullaby.

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Junk Box: Fragment

Read "Fragment" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

It must be a daunting job to be the third wheel in a trio with the likes of Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura. The husband-wife piano and trumpet duo are remarkably active. Both are inventive composers leading numerous bands with diverse approaches and each is often in the other's groups. They've got a commonality it would ...

Fragment

Label: Libra Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: A Dream In The Dawn; Ants Are Crossing The Highway; Getting Lost On A Snowy Day; At Intersection, On A Rainy Day; Looking Out Of The Window; Your Neighbors; Wok Cooking; Tin Can Godzilla; Cat's Nap; Lullaby.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Junk Box: Fragment

Read "Fragment" reviewed by Jim Santella

When three creative musicians get together to think outside the box, anything can happen. Pianist Satoko Fujii calls her new trio Junk Box because of the spontaneous aspect of its performance. Part composition and part collective improvisation, her musical pieces are written out in graphic form instead of the usual notation. Composed improvisation means that direction ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Junk Box: Fragment

Read "Fragment" reviewed by Bill Bennett

The prolific and omnidirectional pianist/composer/bandleader Satoko Fujii premieres her “Com-Impro" concept with this recording by her Junk Box trio. She states: “I don't use traditional music notation... for these pieces. I use words and some graphic notation. Although this kind of notation is not so new for contemporary music, it is a new avenue for me ...

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Junk Box: Fragment

Read "Fragment" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Satoko Fujii is an adventurer. Her music has spoken volumes for her daring as she's gone about her quest for the unusual in settings from solo piano to big band. Here she comes up with the concept of “Com-Impro, which stands for a kind of composed improvisation in which she uses words and graphic notation. She ...

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Junk Box: Fragment

Read "Fragment" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

A bird chirps a tentative melody over the gentle percussion of plinking raindrops in the beginning of the opening cut on Fragment, “A Dream in the Dawn." Trumpeter Natsuki Tamura supplies the avian input; Satoko Fujii's piano is the rain. Now settle down for the sound of surprise.Junk Box is Satoko Fujii's new trio, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Junk Box: Fragment

Read "Fragment" reviewed by Troy Collins

Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii's new improvisational trio, Junk Box, features the talents of her husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, and an extraordinary percussionist, John Hollenbeck. Fujii's diverse, open ended compositions veer from AACM-inspired textural explorations to violent, free rhythmic exchanges, making Fragment full of surprises. Fujii coined the concept for this trio, “com-impro": composed improvisation. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Junk Box: Fragment

Read "Fragment" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The mother of invention left these three ambitiously minded modern jazz stalwarts to pursue matters within a multidirectional discourse. On Fragment, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura entangles an organic sound with trickery and creativity, without any noticeable use of electronics. Besides the growls, squeaks and multiphonics, Tamura abets pianist Satoko Fujii's newly fashioned “com-improv" concept: composed improvisation. And ...


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