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Natsuki Tamura

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

Koneko

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

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Kaineko

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Label: Libra Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 6:50

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Gato Libre: Koneko

Read "Koneko" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Gato Libre has long represented the anthesis of the larger Natsuki Tamura / Satoko Fujii portfolio. Haunting melodies and striking improvisations have been the mark of the group throughout their quarter-century of work. Trumpeter Tamura and partner/accordionist Fujii have been the pillars of the group since its debut, Strange Village (Muzak Inc, 2005). Bassist Norikatsu Koreyasu ...

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A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 6

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 6" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The Jazz Immuno-Booster mixtape series continues. This sixth installment features musical therapy selections by Thana Alexa, Francesco Bigoni, Terri Lyne Carrington, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Kris Davis, Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura, Alexander Hawkins, Will Holshouser, Ha-Yang Kim, Michael Mwenso, Jessica Pavone, Mark Turner, Happy listening! Stay safe and sane with the help of great ...

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Painted By Moonlight

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Label: Long Song Records
Released: 2019
Duration: 04:12

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Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Entity

Read "Entity" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

As she did in 2019, pianist/composer Satoko Fujii—an artist at home in many formations—opens the new decade with an orchestra recording. Entity, from Fujii's Orchestra New York, is the eleventh release from the ensemble that has remained largely intact for almost twenty-three years. It is an all-star collective that includes saxophonists Oscar Noriega, Ellery Eskelin and ...

Four

Label: Long Song Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Painted By Moonlight; Diamonds in the Rough; Cannot Do More; Gift From Billy; The Wind as it Bends; Stars in Complete Darkness; We Meet as 3.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Satoko Fujii - Joe Fonda: 4

Read "4" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

When pianist Satoko Fujii and bassist Joe Fonda first teamed up on Duet (Long Song Records, 2016), neither was familiar with the work of the other. Three short years later, “other" no longer applies, as the instantaneous rapport Fujii and Fonda found has led to a growing portfolio of cutting-edge music. 4 is the latest entry ...

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Satoko Fujii: Ninety-Nine Years

Read "Ninety-Nine Years" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Com'è noto la vulcanica e prolifica bandleader giapponese ha pubblicato--nell'anno del suo sessantesimo--un album al mese con le formazioni a lei più congeniali. In questo lavoro è di scena la sua orchestra berlinese, con cui ha debuttato in Ichigo Ichie (Libra 2015) con un organico quasi simile: al posto del trombettista Nikolaus Neuser c'è ora Lina ...


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