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Natsuki Tamura

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Japanese trumpeter and composer NATSUKI TAMURA splits his active performing career between his homeland and the United States. Internationally recognized for his ability to blend a unique vocabulary of extended techniques with touching jazz lyricism, Tamura has been compared to players as diverse as Lester Bowie, Miles Davis, and Freddie Hubbard, with “chops that would make Louis Armstrong jealous.” ? Improvijazzation Nation. His appearances at festivals worldwide include a solo trumpet performance at the 1998 Texaco New York Jazz Festival, as well as appearances at Newport Jazz in Madarao, Festival of New Trumpet Music at Tonic in NYC, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Japan Jazz Aid, Yamaha Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Yokohama Jazz, Yatsugatake Jazz, Kobe Jazz, Hibiya Jazz, Moers Festival in Germany, and the first annual San Francisco Alternative Music Festival

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Keshin

Label: Libra Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Busy Day; Donten; Dreamer; Three Scenes; Keshin; Drop; Sparrow Dance.

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Natsuki Tamura / Satoko Fujii: Keshin

Read "Keshin" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The Covid-19 virus tightened its grip on the world in 2020, bringing the old “one door closes, another one opens" trope to mind. The door into touring, to presenting music in live venues, slammed shut. But the extra time afforded by the lack of live music opportunities let the recording studio doors swing wide open--especially in ...

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Satoko Fujii / Taiko Saito: Beyond

Read "Beyond" reviewed by John Sharpe


Right from the off, the confluence of grainy flicker and humming drone signals that Beyond won't be like other vibraphone/piano hook ups. Under the moniker Futari, Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii and her Berlin-based countrywoman vibraphonist Taiko Saito don't so much take the road less traveled as revel in the thickets, brambles and unexpected clearings discovered when ...

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Prickly Pear Cactus

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Label: Libra Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 5:51

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Nathan Clevenger, Paulina Porszke & Emanuele Parrini

Read "Nathan Clevenger, Paulina Porszke & Emanuele Parrini" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Several new artists pop up in this episode inclduing guitarist Nathan Clevenger from California, Polish pianist Paulina Porszke, English duo Gus Garside and Hervé Perez, and French pianist Loïc Dequidt now living in Sweden. Italian violinist Emanuele Parrini's new album, Digging (Reflections On Jazz And Blues) is ear-opening. Lots of good stuff for you as well, ...

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Futari (Satoko Fujii / Taiko Saito): Beyond

Read "Beyond" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Satoko Fujii has found a new sound. The prolific and always adventurous pianist-composer teams with vibraphonist Taiko Saito--tagging their duo Futari--for a beautifully surreal journey called Beyond. “Futari" means 'two people" in Japanese. The two people involved connected in the early 2000s, in Berlin, when Saito was a student at the Berlin University of ...

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Linda Sikhakhane, Raoul Bjorkenheim & Satoko Fujii

Read "Linda Sikhakhane, Raoul Bjorkenheim & Satoko Fujii" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Things get a little rockin' this time out with the powerful guitar of Raoul Bjorkenheim and a top Italian quartet digging into the music of John Coltrane. Then he's front and center in the J&F Band, a mostly Italian ensemble, led by legendary Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe and bassist Joe Fonda (and Joe sings! Who ...

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Pentas: Tribute To Eric and Chris Stern

Label: Not Two Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Not Together; Pentas; Wind Chill; Itsumo Itsumo; Stillness; Rising; Rnovation; Circle.

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Koneko

Label: Libra Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Kaineko; Noraneko; Yamaneko; Koneko; Ieneko; Bakeneko; Doraneko; Kanbanneko.


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