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Satoko Fujii

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Critics and fans alike hail pianist and composer SATOKO FUJII as one of the most original voices in jazz today. A truly global artist, she splits her time between Berlin and Japan and tours internationally leading several ensembles. Just as her career spans international borders, her music spans many genres, blending jazz, contemporary classical music, rock, and traditional Japanese music into an innovative synthesis instantly recognizable as hers alone. Her wide-ranging compositions can incorporate the simple melodies of folk song, the harmonic sophistication of jazz, the rhythmic power of rock, and the extended forms of symphonic composers

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Thread Of Light

Label: FSR
Released: 2022
Track listing: Kochi; Fallen Leaves Dance; Reflection; Anticipation; My Song; Sekeiri; Wind Sound; Winter Sunshine; Haru; Between Blue Sky and Cold Water.

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Mosaic

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

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Sleeping Cat

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

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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

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Article: Album Review

Gordon Grdina's Nomad Trio: Boiling Point

Read "Boiling Point" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Even if Gordon Grdina does not release another album in 2022, the year should be considered as the time when it all came together for the Vancouver-based guitarist and oud-ist. Oddly Enough: The Music Of Tim Berne, Night's Quietest Hour and Pathways, all on Attaboygirl Records, were released in the first six month of 2022--a productive ...

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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 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Joachim Kuhn, Day & Taxi & Java Quartet

Read "Joachim Kuhn, Day & Taxi & Java Quartet" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


German pianist/alto player Joachim Kuhn arrived in Paris in the late '60s; that city was the epicenter of an explosion in free jazz, fueled by several musicians from America (many of them from the AACM) and a desire among European players to push their music forward. One concert that Kuhn played at in the fall of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz Women From All Over The World

Read "Jazz Women From All Over The World" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This program features female jazz musicians from foreign countries such as Satoko Fujii, Hedvig Mollestad, and Nelly Pouget as well as Americans like Catherine Russell, Maria Schneider and Jamie Baum. The opening seconds of the introduction are cut off on this show but all the music is intact. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Buddy Rich, Donald Byrd & Eli Degibri

Read "Buddy Rich, Donald Byrd & Eli Degibri" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start the 753rd Episode of Neon Jazz with Israeli jazz saxophonist Eli Degibri and his tribute to his parents with Henri and Rachel. We also profile Grace Fox a young big band leader from New York and hear new music from Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii. We also hear music from storied Philadelphia bassist Mike Boone ...


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