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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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Hazuki

Label: Libra Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Invisible; Quarantine; Clusters; Hoffen; Beginning; Ernesto; Expanding; Twenty-Four Degrees.

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Beyond

Label: Libra Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Molecular; Proliferation; Todokanai Tegami; Beyond; On the Road; Mizube; Ame No Ato; Mobius Loop; Spectrum.

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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: Koki Solo

Read "Koki Solo" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Birthday celebrations have found their way into jazz recordings since the Louis Armstrong era. Illinois Jacquet, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, and Jaco Pastorius have directly baked the cake into album titles while other artists have taken an indirect approach to celebrating. Satoko Fujii broke the mold in 2019 with a new release each month in commemoration ...

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Article: Radio

Mario Pavone, Broken Shadows, Dan Rosenboom & Maria Grand

Read "Mario Pavone, Broken Shadows, Dan Rosenboom & Maria Grand" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


The much-respected and much-loved bassist Mario Pavone passed away in May. With great strength and fortitude and supreme dedication to the music he loved, he completed two full albums earlier this year. You'll hear a couple of tracks from one of the recordings Blue Vertical, released by Out Of Your Head Records. R.I.P. Mario. It was ...

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Step In: Voilà La Tendresse

Read "Voilà La Tendresse" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Step In is the international trio of Italian pianist Carlo Morena, Chilean drummer Felix Lecaros, and the renowned New York bassist Joe Fonda. Morena and Fonda started playing together in 1990, later adding drummer Jeff Hirshfield and adapting the current trio name. George Schuller later replaced Hirshfield before Lecaros took over the throne. Voilà La Tendresse ...

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Paul Bley Trios: Touching & Blood Revisited

Read "Touching & Blood Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Pianist Paul Bley (1932—2016) wasn't just a witness to jazz history, he was a key contributor. Bley performed with Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, and Sonny Rollins, yet his true sound was set in motion when he performed with Ornette Coleman in California, evidenced by Live At The Hillcrest Club 1958 (America Records, 1971). While ...

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Natsuki Tamura: Koki Solo

Read "Koki Solo" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


In 1983, pop vocalist Cyndi Lauper said, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun." She probably still sings it. Trumpeter Natsuki Tamura has always wanted to have fun, too, playing--in his early days--jazz standards in Japanese clubs where hostesses in negligees sat at stage-side tables drinking room temperature tea masquerading as whiskey at the expense of ardent ...

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Wadada Leo Smith, The Red Microphone & Clean Feed Releases

Read "Wadada Leo Smith, The Red Microphone & Clean Feed Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Trumpet master and composer Wadada Leo Smith continues to produce astonishing original music. Zeroing in on the age of 80 seems to have no impact. There are two new releases from the Finnish Tum label to show Smith's creativity: Sacred Ceremonies with Bill Laswell and Milford Graves and the other a solo set. Some of Clean ...


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