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Coming on the heels of the impressive big band record Double Take, Satoko Fujii’s trio record lofts her onto a creative pinnacle in modern music. The young female Japanese pianist was a former student of Paul Bley and also a former classical piano prodigy. Her rejection of the classical doctrine was not a rejection of a classical approach nor did she choose to eliminate formal structure from her mostly improvisational music. What I mean is she can take you out-there and return you in an orderly manner, no worse for the wear. Satoko’s trio of bassist Mark Dresser (Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, Tim Berne, and Arcado String Trio) and drummer Jim Black (Tim Berne’s Bloodcount, Cuong Vu, Dave Douglas’ Tiny Bell Trio, Ellery Eskelin, and Ben Monder) have collaborated on several previous discs including Looking Out Of The Window (Nippon Crown 1997) and Kitsune-Bi (Tzadik 1999). This trio of equal cooperation applies the freedom of Cecil Taylor, the formalism of Keith Jarrett, and the experimentation of Myra Melford. Like her big band record, this trio rewrites jazz from a new perspective. Can that be gender? Culture? Generation? Maybe none, maybe all three contribute to this unique vision. The thirty-two minute first track flexes composition with improvisation and hint: it’s impossible to tell the two apart. Chock that up to great trio interplay, sharing, and the openness of Fujii’s jazz conception. Drums become melody makers, Dresser doesn’t always keep time, and Fujii plays it straight (sometimes). She is Cecil Taylor, but with the common sense to come in out of the rain, and bring her listeners with her.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com