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Label: Trouble In The East Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Hana; Dul; Sed; Ned; Daseot.


Article: Building a Jazz Library

The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 2: Duos

Read "The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 2: Duos" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Satoko Fujii releases a lot of albums. Most of them are regular CDs, but she has also moved into the Bandcamp offerings, online only. The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 1 featured four different sides of her artistry: Solo, duo, trio, quartet and orchestra. Part 2 will showcase some of her outstanding duo discs. Satoko ...


Article: Album Review

Futari: Underground

Read "Underground" reviewed by John Sharpe

Pandemic enforcement of geographic separation in no way inconveniences the adventurous combo of pianist Satoko Fujii and vibraphonist Taiko Saito, working together under the banner Futari. Having explored the option of a virtual band on Mosaic (Libra, 2021) by her This Is It! trio, Fujii tries a different approach on Underground, her second album with Saito ...

Article: Album Review

Futari: Beyond

Read "Beyond" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Tra le molte collaborazioni della pianista giapponese Satoko Fujii, particolarmente singolare e riuscita è questa con la connazionale vibrafonista Taiko Saito, assieme alla quale ha dato vita al duo Futari. Le due artiste si conoscono dalla metà degli anni 2000, quando si incontrarono a Berlino in occasione di un concerto della Fujii e dove la Saito ...



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



Label: Libra Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Underground; Break In The Clouds; Meeresspiegel; Air; Frost Stirring; Memory Illusion; Finite Or Infinite; Asayake; Streeet Tromp; One Note Techno Punks.


Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii: Mosaic

Read "Mosaic" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Another Covid-19 pandemic year, 2021, seems to have brought about a revival of Japanese pianist Satoko Fuji's duo work, with her husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura on Keishin, and with vibraphonist Taiko Saito--a pairing dubbed “Futari"--on Underground and Beyond. All three discs are on Libra Records. As the year winds down, she teams once again with Tamura, ...


Article: Year in Review

Dan McClenaghan's Best Jazz Recordings of 2021

Read "Dan McClenaghan's Best Jazz Recordings of 2021" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The top jazz recordings of 2021, in the order in which they were encountered... Aki Takase / Christian Weber / Michael Griener Auge Intakt Records The ever mercurial Japanese-born, Berlin-based pianist Aki Takase presents her take on the piano trio. Teaming with bassist Christian Weber and drummer Michael Griener, she ...


Article: Album Review

Futari: Underground

Read "Underground" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Satoko Fujii found another perfect musical partner in 2017, in the Berlin-based mallet maven Taiko Saito, resulting, eventually, in their duo outing Beyond (Libra Records, 2021). The pair dubbed themselves “Futari" ('two people' in Japanese). Underground surfaces as their second 2021 release ("prolific" is a word usually included in a description of Fujii's output).


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