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Satoko Fujii Ma-Do: Time Stands Still

Read "Time Stands Still" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Dopo Heat Wave e Desert Ship, questo Time Stands Still è il terzo CD del Satoko Fujii Ma-Do, quartetto tutto giapponese nato nell'ottobre 2007. Purtroppo sarà anche l'ultimo nella medesima formazione, in quanto il bassista Norikatsu Koreyasu è improvvisamente deceduto il 23 settembre 2011, esattamente tre mesi dopo che Time Stands Still fu inciso a New ...

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Satoko Fujii Ma-Do: Time Stands Still

Read "Time Stands Still" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Several months after this recording, bassist Norikatsu Koeyasu died of a heart-attack in-between tours. Pianist Satoko Fujii decided that the band could not continue without his presence, citing his vital role and “telepathic connection." Hence, Ma-Do's third album will be its last. It's an unfortunate occurrence but a testament to the musicians' realization that a replacement ...

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Satoko Fujii ma-do: Time Stands Still

Read "Time Stands Still" reviewed by John Sharpe


When asked why she has lead or co-lead so many different projects (23 at last count), pianist Satoko Fujii replied “It's like food. I don't like just Japanese food, but also Italian food, French food and so on, and I would soon get tired if I just ate Japanese food." If her ma-do quartet were to ...

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Satoko Fujii Ma-Do: Time Stands Still

Read "Time Stands Still" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


In terms of CD releases, pianist Satoko Fujii passed the bandleader baton to her husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, in 2012, resulting in two exceptional albums on the Libra Records label: the trumpet/piano duo outing, Muku, and Forever, from Tamura's European folk music-flavored Gato Libre group. For the always prolific Fujii, a year without a release under ...

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Satoko Fujii Ma-Do: Desert Ship

Read "Satoko Fujii Ma-Do: Desert Ship" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


Satoko Fujii Ma-DoDesert ShipNot Two Records2010 Pianist Satoko Fujii's music on Desert Ship, for the quartet Ma-Do, sits in a phantasmagorical realm that is located artistically somewhere between composer Gustav Holst's Planets and film director Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. The sojourn begins in a down to ...

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Satoko Fujii ma-do: Desert Ship

Read "Desert Ship" reviewed by John Sharpe


Desert Ship represents the second outing by Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii's ma-do quartet, following on from the acclaimed Heat Wave (Not Two, 2008). Like its predecessor, this well-recorded studio session presents an eclectic set of nine original compositions in a 57-minute program. Already with a discography numbering over 60 entries, Fujii has provided a catalog as ...

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Satoko Fujii Ma-Do: Desert Ship

Read "Desert Ship" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pianist/bandleader Satoko Fujii's Ma-Do Quartet is loud, with a dense volume that is often stately, often fractured. The same can be said of much of her recorded output.Fujii is a stunningly prolific artist who records in a dizzying array of ensemble configurations. Of her two most notable quartets, the Ma-Do band is described as ...

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Satoko Fujii Ma-Do: Desert Ship

Read "Desert Ship" reviewed by Troy Collins


On her 50th album as a leader/co-leader, prolific Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii reconvenes her newest acoustic quartet, Ma-Do, for its sophomore effort, Desert Ship. Following in the footsteps of 2008's brilliant Heat Wave (Not Two), this vivacious studio set continues to explore the darker regions of Fujii's oeuvre. More heavily notated than some of ...


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