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Bacchus

Label: Muzak
Released: 2008
Track listing: Sunset in Savannah; In the Town Called Empty; Natsu Mae; Flying Elephant; Bacchus; In the Town You Don't See on the Map; Waltz for Godzilla; Natsu Mae (with effect).

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Satoko Fujii Quartet: Bacchus

Read "Bacchus" reviewed by Budd Kopman


The jazz of today is the most vibrant ever. It has shaken off the straitjacket of “jazz as style," replacing it with the concept of “jazz as an attitude or aesthetic." Paradoxically, the music produced by the players embracing this concept is called avant-garde; primarily because it cannot be immediately pigeonholed and is inherently challenging. In ...

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Bacchus

Label: Muzak
Released: 2007
Track listing: Sunset in Savannah; In the Town Called Empty; Matsu Mae; Flying Elephant; Bacchus; In the Town You Don't See on the Map; Waltz for Godzilla; Natsue Mae (with effect).

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Satoko Fujii Quartet: Bacchus

Read "Bacchus" reviewed by Troy Collins


With a discography of forty plus albums featuring ensembles ranging from intimate duos to big bands, pianist Satoko Fujii is one of Japan's most prolific and versatile jazz artists. The fifth record by her long- standing quartet, Bacchus is preceded by the similarly titled Vulcan (Libra, 2001), Minerva (Libra, 2002), Zephyros (Natsat, 2003) and Angelona (Libra, ...

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Satoko Fujii Quartet: Bacchus

Read "Bacchus" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


You'll often hear jazz artists say that they don't like to call their music “jazz." The word, after all, is a label, and labels confine--if you take them seriously/and or let them. Pianist Satoko Fujii may or may not label her music (it's doubtful), but there are certainly no constraints on the sounds she makes.

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Strange Village

Label: Muzak
Released: 2005
Track listing: Morning Mist; Gentle Journey; Strange Village; Welcome Party; Dialogue; Dance; Dreaming a Lot; Then Normal Life; Journey Again; Wasteland of Peat

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Gato Libre: Strange Village

Read "Strange Village" reviewed by Jim Santella


Capturing the essence of folk music, Natsuki Tamura creates an acoustic session on Strange Village that lets him tell the stories vividly and completely. Through open trumpet, guitar, bass, and accordion, he communicates tales that stir the imagination and let the listener interpret accordingly. Each tale comes with rounded textures that belie humble surroundings where people ...

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Gato Libre: Strange Village

Read "Strange Village" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


On a blindfold test, with Gato Libre's Strange Village drifting from the speakers, not in a thousand guesses would I have identified the players. The sound is introspective and tranquil, with European folk music shadings--accordion, bass, and acoustic guitar floating behind a relaxed, round-toned trumpet. It's about as far from trumpeter Natsuki Tamura's sizzling electro-stew on ...


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