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Satoko Fujii & Natsuki Tamura's Libra Label

Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii, along with trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, run the Libra label, which for two decades has released their work in collaboration with a remarkable list of improvisers from around the world. From solos and duos to large ensemble work, their music runs the gamut from frenetic improvisation to beautifully lyrical work, with keys ensembles including Gato Libre, Satoko Fujii New York Orchestra, Natsuki Tamura Quartet, Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin, Kaze, Satoko Fujii Trio, Junk Box, and Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo.



 
First Meeting (Tamura / Fujii / Churko / Yamamoto): Cut The Rope First Meeting (Tamura / Fujii / Churko / Yamamoto):
Cut The Rope

(Libra -- Japan )

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Trumpeter Tamura in an album of improvisational fragmentation, textural and timbral explorations, and rapid-fire juxtapositions that create kaleidoscopic sound collages.

Fujii / Melford: Under the Water Fujii / Melford:
Under the Water

(Libra -- Japan )

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Pianists Fujii & Melford met in Berkley to record these masterful and challenging duo works, impressionist excursions in the water inside and out of the piano.

Fujii / Tamura / Sharp / Kato: In the Tank Fujii / Tamura / Sharp / Kato:
In the Tank

(Libra -- Japan )

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Fujii Orchestra, Satoko: South Wind Fujii Orchestra, Satoko:
South Wind

(Libra -- Japan )

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Satoko Fujii Orchestra in original compositions, an amazing lineup of mostly New York players including Steven Bersteain, Herb Robertson, Briggan Krause, etc.

Fujii, Satoko Quartet : Vulcan Fujii, Satoko Quartet :
Vulcan

(Libra -- Japan )

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Fujii, Satoko / Bley, Paul: Something About Water Fujii, Satoko / Bley, Paul:
Something About Water

(Libra -- Japan )

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8 remarkable and collaborative duets from pianists Satoko Fujii and free jazz legend Paul Bley, and 3 lovely solo pieces of extended technique and color.

Fujii, Satoko New Trio: Spring Storm Fujii, Satoko New Trio:
Spring Storm

(Libra -- Japan )

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A set of new trio compositions from pianist Satoko Fujii with bassist Todd Nicholson and drummer/percussionist Takashi Itani, a magnificent set of compositions for the transformative season.

Fujii, Satoko New York Orchestra: Shiki Fujii, Satoko New York Orchestra:
Shiki

(Libra -- Japan )

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Satoko Fujii's amazing Orchestra New York returns with a composition that she describes as "a picture that extends beyond the canvas", performed with Oscar Noriega, Briggan Krauss, Ellery Eskelin, Tony Malaby, Andy Laster, Herb Robertson, Steven Bernstein, &c &c.

Fujii, Satoko Orchestra New York: ETO Fujii, Satoko Orchestra New York:
ETO

(Libra -- Japan )

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Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York in a work based on the Chinese zodiac, referred to as "Eto", in a celebration of husband and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura's 60th birthday, and of the 12 animals of the zodiac.

Fujii, Satoko Orchestra New York: Summer Suite Fujii, Satoko Orchestra New York:
Summer Suite

(Libra -- Japan )

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Satoko Fujii's 15-piece Orchestra New York with an all-star cast including Ellery Eskelin, Tony Malaby, Herb Robertson, Steve Berstein, Joe Fiedler, &c. &c.

Fujii, Satoko Orchestra Tokyo: Zakopane Fujii, Satoko Orchestra Tokyo:
Zakopane

(Libra -- Japan )

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Pianist-composer Satoko Fujii's Orchestra Tokyo formed in 1999 to perform her compositions, music that spans a wide range of styles and moods, complemented by a great set of soloists.

Fujii, Satoko Tobira: Yamiyo Ni Karasu Fujii, Satoko Tobira:
Yamiyo Ni Karasu

(Libra -- Japan )

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Pianist Satoko Fujii's Tobira ("door") expands the original trio configuration of Todd Nicholson on bass and Takashi Itani on drums, with trumpeter/husband Natsuki Tamura, playing inventive free improvisation with sophistication in melodic heads and superb soloing.

Fujii, Satoko: Gen Himmel Fujii, Satoko:
Gen Himmel

(Libra -- Japan )

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A hauntingly beautiful set of solo piano works from Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii, subtle work that belies her incredible techincal skill through beautifully paced and meditative music.

Gato Libre (Tamura / Fujii / Tsumura / Koreyasu): Shiro Gato Libre (Tamura / Fujii / Tsumura / Koreyasu):
Shiro

(Libra -- Japan )

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Trumpeter Natsuki Tamura & bassist Norikatsu Koreyasu's Gato Libre with Satoko Fujii on accordion and guitarist Kazuhiko Tsumara, in their 4th release, beautifully melodic improvisation.

Gato Libre: DuDu Gato Libre:
DuDu

(Libra -- Japan )

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The first Gato Libre release since the passing of bassist Norikatsu Koreyasu, adding trombonist Yasuko Kaneko alongside leader Natsuki Tamura on trumpet, Satoko Fujii on accordion, and Kazuhiko Tsumura on guitar, for eight beautiful, melodic "free cat" recordings.

Kaze: Tornado Kaze:
Tornado

(Circum-Libra -- Japan )

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With two trumpets, drums and piano, Kaze's 2nd release with Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura, and Muzzix members Christian Pruvost and Peter Orins, hits like the album title, but surprises with contrasts from torrential power to beautiful melodic interplay.

Kaze: Uminari Kaze:
Uminari

(Circum-Libra -- Japan )

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Natsuki Tamura & Christian Pruvost on trumpets, Satoko Fuji on piano and Peter Orins on drums for a quartet where all members are active compositional contributors, creating a powerful ensemble sound with strong soloing using modern creative techniques; excellent!

Tamura, Natsuki / Fujii, Satoko: Chun Tamura, Natsuki / Fujii, Satoko:
Chun

(Libra -- Japan )

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Intricately melodic and wonderfully ecstatic duos from trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and pianist Satoko Fujii improvising on 9 Fujii compositions.

Tamura, Natsuki / Satoko Fujii: Clouds Tamura, Natsuki / Satoko Fujii:
Clouds

(Libra -- Japan )

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With each track named after a type of cloud, Satoko Fujii and partner Natsuki Tamura's delicate and engaging impressionistic colors and rumblings.

Tamura, Natsuki Quartet: Hada Hada Tamura, Natsuki Quartet:
Hada Hada

(Libra -- Japan )

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Thunderous and intense free improvisation from Natsuki Tamurao's Quartet with Satoko Fujii playing sythesizer. 2003 release, first time in stock at Squidco.

Dixon Orchestra, Bill: 17 Musicians In Search of a Sound: Darfur Dixon Orchestra, Bill:
17 Musicians In Search of a Sound: Darfur

(Aum Fidelity -- USA )

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Legendary trumpeter, composer and educator Bill Dixon in a 17 piece orchestra playing original compositions live at the 12th Vision Festival in New York City.

Drake, Hamid / Sylvain Kassap: Heads Or Tails [2 CDs] Drake, Hamid / Sylvain Kassap:
Heads Or Tails [2 CDs]

(RogueArt -- France )

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A masterful fountain of melodic ideas, intriguing rhythms, and exceptional technical skill from the duo of Hamid Drake on drums and frame drum, and Sylvain Kassap on clarinets and chalumeau, recording live at the France Musique at Studio Theatre d’Alfortville and in the studio.

Judson Trio (Joelle Leandre / Mat Maneri / Gerald Cleaver): An Air of Unreality [VINYL] Judson Trio (Joelle Leandre / Mat Maneri / Gerald Cleaver):
An Air of Unreality [VINYL]

(RogueArt -- France )

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A live performance at Judson Church in Manhattan as part of the 20th Vision Festival from the NY/France free improvising trio of Joelle Leandre on double bass, Mat Maneri on viola, and Gerald Cleaver on drums and percussion, two tracks of steadily building, incredibly compatible dialog.

Trouble Kaze (Fujii / Agnel / Tamura / Pruvost / Lasserre / Orins): June Trouble Kaze (Fujii / Agnel / Tamura / Pruvost / Lasserre / Orins):
June

(Helix Circum-Disc -- France )

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Drummer Peter Orins expands the Kaze quartet of trumpeters Natsuki Tamura and Christian Pruvost and pianist Satoko Fujii, with a second drummmer--Didier Lasserre--and a second pianist--Sophie Agnel--for a live recording of a 5-part suite of magnificently epic collective improv.

Tamura, Natsuki / Satoko Fujii : How Many? Tamura, Natsuki / Satoko Fujii :
How Many?

(Libra -- Japan )

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Fujii, Satoko: Indication Fujii, Satoko:
Indication

(Libra -- Japan )

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Pianist Satoko Fujii in eight solo compositions and a traditional Japanese folk song, recorded in New York City, 1996 and remastered in 2004.

Koh / Fujii / Reichman: Yamabuki Koh / Fujii / Reichman:
Yamabuki

(Libra -- Japan )

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The trio of Japanese art-folk singer Koh Yamabuki with pianist Satoko Fujii and accordionist Ted Recihment in emotional, inventive and delicately beautiful music.

Tamura, Natsuki: Dragon Nat Tamura, Natsuki:
Dragon Nat

(Libra -- Japan )

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Using Gato Libre's music as the direction for his first solo album since 2004, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura releases an album of powerful and personal playing with a surreal flow of ideas, impish humor, and restrained joy.

Smith, Wadada Leo / Natsuki Tamura / Satoko Fujii / Ikue Mori: Aspiration Smith, Wadada Leo / Natsuki Tamura / Satoko Fujii / Ikue Mori:
Aspiration

(Libra -- Japan )

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Pianist/composer Satoko Fujii's "Aspiration" brings together four masterful improvisers and innovators--trumpeters Wadada Leo Smith and Natsuki Tamura, and Downtown NY laptop player Ikue Mori--for an album of exciting and exceptional free playing over compositions from Fujii, Tamura, and one collective composition, a brilliant pinnacle of creative music.

Fujii, Satoko / Natsuki Tamura: Kisaragi Fujii, Satoko / Natsuki Tamura:
Kisaragi

(Libra -- Japan )

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On their 5th album together, pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura push the limits on approach and technique with their instruments, creating otherworldly and captivating improvisations, both players deciding against using "normal instrumental sounds", instead using preparations and textural approaches to create truly unique music.

Gato Libre (Fujii / Tamura / Kaneko): Neko Gato Libre (Fujii / Tamura / Kaneko):
Neko

(Libra -- Japan )

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Trumpeter Natsuki Tamura's Gato Libre in its 5th album brings a beautiful light-through-the-leaves melodic melancholy to their unhurried pace, now the trio of Tamura, Satoko Fujii on accordion, and Yasuko Kaneko on trombone, as the cats on the cover stop to find allure in the late day while bringing profound and introspective music to our ears.

Fujii, Satoko Orchestra New York: Fukushima Fujii, Satoko Orchestra New York:
Fukushima

(Libra -- Japan )

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Diverse aspects of the 2011 disaster at the Japanese Fukushima nuclear power plant brought on by a tsunami orchestrated in sound by composer/pianist Satoko Fujii and rendered in remarkable ways from some of New York finest improvisers, including Tony Malaby, Ellery Eskelin, Oscar Noriega, Herb Roberts, Joe Fiedler, Stomu Takeishi, Nels Cline, &c &c.

Kaze (Fujii / Tamura / Pruvost / Orins): Atody Man Kaze (Fujii / Tamura / Pruvost / Orins):
Atody Man

(Libra -- Japan )

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The fifth album from the French and Japanese quartet Kaze, initiated by drummer Pter Orins, with two trumpeters--Christian Pruvost and Natsuki Tamura--and pianist Satoko Fujii, all using extended and unusual techniques as they perform innovative compositions from Fujii, Orins, and Tamura with a balance of serious and playful approaches; brilliant.

Kira Kira (Tamura / Spence / Fujii / Takemura): Bright Force Kira Kira (Tamura / Spence / Fujii / Takemura):
Bright Force

(Libra -- Japan )

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Since 2007 Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii and Australian keyboardist Alister Spence have collaborated on performance and recording in several configurations, including work with Tony Buck, Raymond McDonald, Jim O'Rourke, &c.; this energetic and otherworldly quartet session with trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and drummer Ittetsu Takemura was recored live Knuttel House, in Tokyo, 2017.

This Is It! (Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura / Takashi Itani): 1538 This Is It! (Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura / Takashi Itani):
1538

(Libra -- Japan )

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Part of pianist Satoko Fujii's "Kanreki" (60th Birthday) tour and monthly album release, the "This Is It!" Trio with trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and drummer/percussionist Takashi Itani is heard at Koendori Classics, in Tokyo, Japan, in January 2018, for an incredible album of Fujii's compositions that include quirky asides in coherent and effusive playing.

Fujii / Fonda / Mimmo: Triad Fujii / Fonda / Mimmo:
Triad

(Long Song Records -- Italy )

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An album recorded on the 59th birthday of pianist-composer Satoko Fujii, the second recorded with bassist Joe Fonda on the Long Song imprint, this time in a trio with soprano saxophonist Gianni Mimmo, the focus of the album the 42 minute monumental improvisation "Birthday Girl", a sophisticated and engaging dialog of lyrical playing and great beauty.

Mahobin (Fujii / Anker / Tamura / Mori): Live at Big Apple in Kobe Mahobin (Fujii / Anker / Tamura / Mori):
Live at Big Apple in Kobe

(Libra -- Japan )

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Continuing the celebration of pianist Satoko Fujii's 60th birtday by releasing one CD each month, this quartet brings an excellent set of electroacoustic improvisation to the collection in a quartet with trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, New York saxophonist Lotte Anker, and New York electronic artist and former DNA drummer Ikue Mori, performing live at Tokyo's Big Apple in 2018.

Spence, Alister / Satoko Fujii: Intelsat Spence, Alister / Satoko Fujii:
Intelsat

(Alister Spence Music -- Australia )

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Continuing her monthly releases for her 60th birthday, Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii meets Australian keyboard and electronic artist Alister Spence for their second meeting, touring Japan and recording this spellbinding album merging bells, gongs, electronics, and acoustic piano, inside and out, in a passionate album that balances melodicism and sound.

Amu (Fujii / Tamura / Itani / Wildenhahn): Weave [CD & DVD] Amu (Fujii / Tamura / Itani / Wildenhahn):
Weave [CD & DVD]

(Libra -- Japan )

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Mizuki Wildenhahn adds an unusual percussive instrument through dance to the multi-arts Amu quartet of Wildenhahn, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, pianist Satoko Fujii, and percussionist Takashi Itani, heard on the CD and seen on the DVD of this 2-disc set of their unorthodox and absorbing live performance at Kanagawa Prefectural Lake Sagami-ko Exchange Center in 2018.

Fujii, Satoko / Yuko Yamaoka: Diary 2005-2015: Tuko Yamaoka plays the music of Satoko Fujii [2 CDs] Fujii, Satoko / Yuko Yamaoka:
Diary 2005-2015: Tuko Yamaoka plays the music of Satoko Fujii [2 CDs]

(Libra -- Japan )

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A double CD of Satoko Fujii compositions, 56 short compositions from a series she started around 2005 to expand her skills as a composer, many of which fueled her many band's repertoires; in 2018 she asked respected classical pianist and educator Yuko Yamaoka to record this set of compositions as part of her 60th birthday monthly album set.

Fujii, Satoko : Diary 2005-2015 [Scorebook] Fujii, Satoko :
Diary 2005-2015 [Scorebook]

(Libra -- Japan )

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A book of scores to accompany the double CD of 56 Satoko Fujii compostions titled "Diary 2005-2015", performed by respected classical pianist and educator Yuko Yamaoka, released as part of Satoko Fujii's ambitious 60th birthday monthly album set.

Fujii, Satoko Orchestra Tokyo: Kikoeru, Tribute to Masaya Kimura Fujii, Satoko Orchestra Tokyo:
Kikoeru, Tribute to Masaya Kimura

(Libra -- Japan )

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Completing a year of monthly albums for pianist Satoko Fujii's "kanreki", or 60th birthday, is this impressive and cathartic album written for Fujii's Orchestra Tokyo as a tribute to late tenor saxophonist and 10 year orchestra member Masaya Kimura, with four compositions from Fujii and two from trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, in an album of both profound testimonly and celebratory release.

Spence, Alister / Satoko Fujii Orchestra Kobe: Imagine Meeting You Here Spence, Alister / Satoko Fujii Orchestra Kobe:
Imagine Meeting You Here

(Alister Spence Music -- Australia )

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Australian composer Alister Spence wrote this in five parts composed for an improvising orchestra, which was first premiered in 2016 by Satoko Fujii's orchestras in Kobe, Nagoya and Tokyo, and the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra; this recordings in 2017 at Big Apple Jazz Club in Kobe revisits the work with Fujii's Orchestra Kobe, conducted by the composer.



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Smith, Wadada Leo / Natsuki Tamura / Satoko Fujii / Ikue Mori: Aspiration

Fujii, Satoko Orchestra New York: Fukushima

Fujii, Satoko: Ninety-Nine Years

This Is It! (Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura / Takashi Itani): 1538

Fujii, Satoko: Solo

Fujii, Satoko Orchestra Tokyo + KAZE: Peace (Tribute To Kelly Churko)

Mahobin (Fujii / Anker / Tamura / Mori): Live at Big Apple in Kobe

Fujii, Satoko Orchestra Tokyo: Kikoeru, Tribute to Masaya Kimura

Fujii, Satoko : Invisible Hand [2 CDs]

Kira Kira (Tamura / Spence / Fujii / Takemura): Bright Force

Judson Trio (Joelle Leandre / Mat Maneri / Gerald Cleaver): An Air of Unreality [VINYL]

Fujii, Satoko New Trio: Spring Storm

Fujii / Fonda / Mimmo: Triad

Kaze (Fujii / Tamura / Pruvost / Orins): Atody Man

Ochs, Larry / Sax and Drumming Core: Wild Red Yellow

Fujii, Satoko Quartet (w/ Natsuki Tamura / Keisuke Ohta / Takashi Itani): Live at Jazz Room Cortez

Spence, Alister / Satoko Fujii: Intelsat

Fujii, Satoko New York Orchestra: Shiki

Fujii, Satoko / Yuko Yamaoka: Diary 2005-2015: Tuko Yamaoka plays the music of Satoko Fujii [2 CDs]

Trouble Kaze (Fujii / Agnel / Tamura / Pruvost / Lasserre / Orins): June