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Junk Box: Cloudy Then Sunny

Read "Cloudy Then Sunny" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

L'ampiezza e la profondità della ricerca di Satoko Fujii lascia sempre ammirati, al punto che ogni suo disco esige una speciale considerazione. Autrice dei brani e ideatrice del progetto, la pianista giapponese è principale artefice di questo trio, giunto al secondo lavoro dopo il debutto nel 2006 con Fragment. Come spiega nelle note del disco, in ...

Cloudy Then Sunny

Label: Libra Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Computer Virus; Chilly Wind; Back and Forth; Night Came in Manhattan; Chinese Kitchen; Multiple Personalities; Opera by Rats; Alligators Running in the Sewers; Soldier's Depression; One Equation; Cloudy Then Sunny.

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Junk Box: Cloudy Then Sunny

Read "Cloudy Then Sunny" reviewed by Troy Collins

Along with Trace a River (Libra, 2008), this is the second concurrent release by the prolific Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii in honor of her fiftieth birthday. Cloudy Then Sunny is the sophomore follow-up to Fragment (Libra, 2006), the debut recording of Junk Box, a collective trio that features Fujii's most probing explorations alongside the highly expressive ...

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Junk Box: Cloudy Then Sunny

Read "Cloudy Then Sunny" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Satoko Fujii is a prolific composer. Her writing has manifested itself in several projects used to launch her music, Junk Box being one of them. This is the group's second recording and it sees an expansion of the concept she calls composed improvisation, or “Com-Impro," that appeared on its first recording, Fragment (Libra, 2006). It is ...

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.

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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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