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Satoko Fujii Min-Yoh Ensemble: Watershed

Read "Watershed" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

C'è da domandarsi se nella carriera della pianista giapponese questo disco rappresenti una tappa mirata ma isolata, oppure un'evoluzione consapevole e duratura, in grado di proiettarsi nel futuro. Infatti la musica scaturisce da un approfondimento del Min-Yoh, cioè della musica folklorica giapponese “che, suonata da dilettanti ed arrangiata collettivamente dagli esecutori, presenta una bellezza derivata dalla ...

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Satoko Fujii Min-Yoh Ensemble: Watershed

Read "Watershed" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Min-Yoh is the newest star in pianist Satoko Fujii's growing constellation of amazing improvising groups. While the presence of her partner in music and life, virtuoso trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, is a given, Fujii's musical interactions with a seemingly endless array of top-drawer improvisers from all over the world are almost as intimate. The pair gives the ...

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Satoko Fujii Min-Yoh Ensemble: Fujin Raijin

Read "Fujin Raijin" reviewed by Budd Kopman

If there is one thing certain in this world, it is that pianist Satoko Fujii will never stop expanding her musical horizons, nor stop amazing the listener. Fujin Raijin is a stupendous, almost terrifying record that shatters any and all expectations during its six tracks. Min-Yoh is Japanese folk music or folk songs ...

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Satoko Fujii Min-Yoh Ensemble: Fuijin Raijin

Read "Fuijin Raijin" reviewed by Troy Collins

Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii's artistic restlessness is given full flower on Fujin Raijin, her first album of Min'yo compositions. Classically trained, Fujii is one of today's most eclectic jazz figures, leading ensembles that range from intimate chamber duos to full-sized big bands. Long fascinated by the emotional directness of Min'yo (traditional Japanese folk music), Fujii finally ...

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Satoko Fujii Min-Yoh Ensemble: Fujin Raijin

Read "Fujin Raijin" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Satoko Fujii has put together another ensemble. There's nothing new in that; it seems she and/or her husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, form a new group or two every year, just to keep things fresh. With the Satoko Fujii Min-Yoh Ensemble, the mercurial Japanese-born pianist/composer takes off on yet another tangent--an exploration of Japanese folk music.


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