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Fragment

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2022
Track listing: Interfusion; Fragment; The Other One 1; Happy Landing / Easter Eve; The Other One 2; Room For Improvement; For Chris; Irene.

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John Taylor Sextet: Fragment

Read "Fragment" reviewed by Chris May


The not-for-profit Jazz In Britain label is one of the unsung heroes of British jazz. And if it is being sung, apologies, it deserves to be sung louder. While it is fitting that the musicians who make up London's new alternative jazz scene receive a massive shout out, the players who came before them, who paved ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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. ...


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