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Article: Year in Review

Il meglio del 2017 secondo Nicola Negri

Read "Il meglio del 2017 secondo Nicola Negri" reviewed by Nicola Negri


Un altro anno di musica straordinaria: dodici dischi (e una manciata di concerti memorabili) per riflettere sul 2017 appena concluso. Maestri come Wadada Leo Smith e Roscoe Mitchell continuano a stupire per coraggio e coerenza; Nicole Mitchell e Satoko Fujii si confermano musiciste e compositrici di valore assoluto; si delineano nuove prospettive grazie a Irreversible Entanglements, ...

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Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Fukushima

Read "Fukushima" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Satoko Fujii's Orchestra New York has been together since their 1997 debut South Wind (Leo Lab/Libra). A “super group" by any standards, it has remained largely intact over the course of twenty years, bringing the ensemble to its latest release, Fukushima, a memorial suite. The Fukushima nuclear accident was caused by a major earthquake and a ...

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Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Shiki

Read "Shiki" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Satoko Fujii è una delle figure più versatili e creative della scena musicale contemporanea. Dall'inizio degli anni Novanta ha prodotto un corpus di opere quanto mai vasto e articolato, comprendente molti capolavori. Com'è noto, uno dei suoi ambiti prediletti è la conduzione orchestrale, che ha portato avanti con regolarità e che nel 2014 ha ...

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Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Shiki

Read "Shiki" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Pianist Satoko Fujii's Shiki is an intriguing albeit somewhat flawed album. Its dramatic title track and centerpiece clocks over 35 minutes and is filled with sweeping and thrillingly dissonant harmonies and provocative musical ideas. Opening with mournful, expectant drone it goes through a series of alternating symphonic vamps and stimulating instrumental conversations and monologues. These individual ...

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Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Shiki

Read "Shiki" reviewed by John Sharpe


Even among established groupings Japanese composer and pianist Satoko Fujii continues to search for new means of expression. For the ninth disc from her New York Orchestra, Fujii departs from accustomed practice, particularly in the 36-minute plus title track which dominates proceedings. Truly orchestral in its scope, Fujii wields her composer's wand in a way which ...

Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Eto

Read "Eto" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Sessanta come gli anni del marito trombettista Natsuki Tamura. Sessanta come numero magico dello zodiaco cinese, in Giappone chiamato Eto, dove si incontrano (12x5=60 e 10x6=60) sistema numerico duodecimale e sistema decimale. Zodiaco cinese che contiene in ogni ciclo dodici anni e, a ciascun anno, fa corrispondere un animale. Qualche numero, dunque, per spiegare la genesi ...

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Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: ETO

Read "ETO" reviewed by Troy Collins


In addition to an ever-changing array of small combos, tireless Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii continues to lead four international big bands, each based in a different city (Kobe, Nagoya, New York and Tokyo). Of the four, her New York based Orchestra is both her oldest and most prolific, having maintained virtually the same line-up since 1997. ...

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Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Summer Suite

Read "Summer Suite" reviewed by Troy Collins


In addition to numerous small combos, industrious Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii leads four different Orchestras (Kobe, Nagoya, New York, and Tokyo). In honor of her fiftieth birthday, Fujii has released a total of seven albums in 2008. The latest installment includes Chun (Libra), an intimate duet with her husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, and two big band ...

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Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Summer Suite

Read "Summer Suite" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Continuing the stream of recordings in her 50th birthday year, pianist Satoko Fujii presents Summer Suite from the New York big band, as well as Sanrei (BKM, 2008) from the Nagoya band. These two are in a series of thirteen big band releases dating back to Jo (Buzz, 1999)--besides the forty-odd other recordings she has lead ...

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Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Undulation

Read "Undulation" reviewed by Jim Santella


Satoko Fujii's New York big band carries a big stick, blowing away any and all obstacles as the musicians interpret this program of her soul-stirring compositions. Everyone solos on this creative journey into the avant-garde, and Fujii's cohesive orchestra provides a stable foundation. Undulation, the band's sixth album, is tight. These players have been together long ...


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