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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


Sleeping Cat

Label: Libra Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Sleeping Cat; Walking Cat; Running Cat; Eating Cat; Laughing Cat.


Senzai Ichigu

Label: NativeWit Productions
Released: 2022
Track listing: Who Is Here?; How'd We Get There?; What Is This?; Why?; Where Are We Going?; Why Not?; When Is Now



Label: Libra Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Habana's Dream; Dieser Zug; Kumazemi; Sleepless Night; 76 RH.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lisa Hoppe, Santiago Leibson, Artur Malecki & Angelica Sanchez

Read "Lisa Hoppe, Santiago Leibson, Artur Malecki & Angelica Sanchez" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Some exciting new releases dot the playlist of this episode of One Man's Jazz. Bassist Lisa Hoppe's back with another release by her Third Reality Trio, and I'm very happy to play music from pianist Santiago Leibson's latest. He returned home to Buenos Aires to make this Aparecerse . There's much buzz in Poland about young ...


Article: Album Review

Natsuki Tamura and Gato Libre: Sleeping Cat

Read "Sleeping Cat" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Following the example of his partner and spouse, Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura has embarked on a year-long project of multiple, timed releases. Like his companion, Tamura has found that his trumpet is at home in numerous musical settings. One of his most popular ventures is the group Gato Libre which features Fujii on accordion rather than ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 2: Duos

Read "The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 2: Duos" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Satoko Fujii releases a lot of albums. Most of them are regular CDs, but she has also moved into the Bandcamp offerings, online only. The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 1 featured four different sides of her artistry: Solo, duo, trio, quartet and orchestra. Part 2 will showcase some of her outstanding duo discs. Satoko ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part One: Solo, Duo, Trio, Quartet and Orchestra

Read "The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part One: Solo, Duo, Trio, Quartet and Orchestra" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Satoko Fujii's recorded output comes at you hard and fast. It can overwhelm. In 2018—in celebration of her sixtieth birthday—the pianist/composer/bandleader released an album a month. Not download offerings, but real, handsomely produced CDs, with top of-the-line cover art and sturdy cardboard covers—jewels for the eye, ear and hand. Several other years have seen a release ...

Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura: Pentas: Tribute to Eric and Chris Stern

Read "Pentas: Tribute to Eric and Chris Stern" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Coppia nella vita e nell'attività artistica, Satoko Fujii e Natsuki Tamura presentano con questo Pentas il loro settimo disco (il primo, How Many, risale al 1997). Registrato a Cracovia, esce per la polacca Not Two, che della Fujii ha pubblicato numerosi lavori. La dedica del sottotitolo è a una coppia di appassionati conosciuti a Cracovia, al ...


Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda: Thread Of Light

Read "Thread Of Light" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

When pianist Satoko Fujii and bassist Joe Fonda first recorded together in 2016 on Duet, it was a shot in the dark. Neither was familiar with the other's music. Nevertheless, that album generated outstanding synergy between these two master improvisers. So much so, that in a few short years they have recorded five albums together, occasionally ...


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