Pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuka Tamura performing in the studio in Krakow, Poland, 2005 for a duo of sublime power and great dynamic, modern jazz with a wealth of influence and performed with technical prowess.
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Label: Not Two Records
Catalog ID: MW 77-42
Squidco Product Code: 12508
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded by Aleksander Wilk at Radio Krakow Studio S-5, Poland, November 8, 2005.
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• Show Bio for Satoko Fujii
"Born on October 9, 1958 in Tokyo, Japan, Fujii began playing piano at four and received classical training until twenty, when she turned to jazz. From 1985-87, she studied at Boston's Berklee College of Music, where her teachers included Herb Pomeroy and Bill Pierce. She returned to Japan for six years before returning to the US to study at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where her teachers included George Russell, Cecil McBee, and Paul Bley, who appeared on her debut CD Something About Water (Libra, 1996).
Since then Fujii has been an innovative bandleader and soloist, a tireless seeker of new sounds, and a prolific recording artist in ensembles ranging from duos to big bands. She has showcased her astonishing range and ability approximately 80 CDs as leader or co-leader. With each new recording or new band, she explores new aspects of her art.
Regular collaborations include her New York trio with bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Jim Black, augmented by trumpeter/husband Natsuki Tamura to form the Satoki Fujii Four; her duo with Tamura; the Satoko Fujii Quartet featuring Tatsuya Yoshida of the Japanese avant-rock duo, The Ruins; Orchestra New York, which boasts the cream of New York's contemporary avant garde improvisers, including saxophonists Ellery Eskelin and Tony Malaby, trumpeters Herb Roberton and Steven Bernstein, and trombonist Curtis Hasselbring, among others; Orchestra Tokyo, drawing on that city's best improvisers; Orchestra Nagoya; Orchestra Kobe; the co-operative trio Junk Box with Tamura and percussionist John Hollenbeck; ma-do, a quartet including Tamura on trumpet, bassist Norikatsu Koreyasu, and Akira Horikoshi; the Min-Yoh Ensemble with Tamura, trombonist Hasselbring, and accordionist Andrea Parkins; the Satoko Fujii New Trio, featuring bassist Todd Nicholson and drummer Takashi Itani― plus countless engagements and collaborations with some of the world's most important improvisers."-Satoko Fujii Website (http://www.satokofujii.com/bio.html)
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1. Strange Village 9:01
2. A North Wind 3:45
3. Morning Mist 9:21
4. Ninepin 7:28
5. A Holothurian 2:45
6. In Krakow, In November 9:09
7. Explorer 4:54
8. Inori 6:07
descriptions, reviews, &c.
"The spouses Satoko Fujii (piano) and Natsuki Tamura (trumpet) do it again : and how! Fujii is a musical octopus who can handle any form of jazz and who produces one CD after the other which are at the same time creative, interesting and varied, in terms of styles, of line-up (big band, quartet, duos, solo, ...), and with a high quantity output : 7 CDs in 2006, 5 in 2005, 8 in 2004. An overview of all these would lead us too far, but check her blog for more information. Now about this CD : it is wonderful from beginning to end. This is jazz which brings more reference to the European jazz tradition than the American, and broader than jazz per se : classical music and folk elements also have a dominant role. The first piece is the title song from their Gato Libre album "Strange Village" (highly recommended) : a sad and beautiful melody which is perfectly suited for a funeral march, in the positive sense. But this couple is not afraid to leave the beaten track, and they make that clear from the second piece : Fujii tortures the strings of her piano while Tamura brings voiceless blowing and sharp sounds, evolving into a thundering uptempo change. Then the music becomes more meditative, romantic, subdued without being mellow, the piano lightly supporting and emotionally heartbreaking trumpet improvisation. This is modern jazz of the highest level, played by a couple that has an intimate musical relationship and perfect mastering of their instruments. Fantastic!"-Stef, Free Jazz Blog
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