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Live in Japan 2004

Label: Polystar
Released: 2006
Track listing: Ninepin; Illusion Suite; Looking out of the Window; An Insane Scheme.

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Satoko Fujii Four: Live in Japan 2004

Read "Live in Japan 2004" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Pianist/composer Satoko Fujii looms as a modernist via her adventurous big band endeavors, side projects and longstanding trio, featured here. With the addition of freewheeling trumpeter Natsuki Tamura on certain tracks, the band enjoys some added depth. But this is a unit that is sharply focused, and in certain instances it conveys the epitome of classic ...

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Live in Japan 2004

Label: NatSat Music
Released: 2005
Track listing: Ninepin; Illusion Suite; Looking out of the Window; An Insane Scheme.

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Satoko Fujii Four: Live in Japan 2004

Read "Live in Japan 2004" reviewed by Jim Santella


When pianist Satoko Fujii, along with her New York trio and her husband, performed this concert in Saitama, Japan on July 28, 2004, their cohesiveness brought a satisfying sensation before the audience. They built each piece with deliberation and stretched out with a free spirit. “Illusion Suite" was recorded by Fujii's trio and released ...

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Satoko Fujii Four: Live in Japan 2004

Read "Live in Japan 2004" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Satoko Fujii creates one of the most original sounds in jazz, in any setting, though the word “jazz" is too confining to describe what she does. The ever-prolific Japanese-born pianist has recorded with about fifteen different ensemble configurations--everything from solo and duo outings to quartets and big bands, and much in between. Live in Japan 2004 ...

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Satoko Fujii: Live in Japan 2004

Read "Live in Japan 2004" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk


Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii has been one of the most exciting arrangers, as well as a compelling composer and performer, in outside jazz in recent years. Unusually with the company she keeps, improvisation beyond soloing has never been a part of her work. But a recent record shows a new leaning toward improv, to varying results. ...


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