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

Presenting a different line-up from the 2001 debut of Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii's Quartet, remaining is trumpeter Natsuka Tamura, with Keisuke Ohta on violin and Takashi Itani on drums, performing evolving and rich collective improvisation with a strange edge, captured live at the Jazz Room Cortez in Mito, Japan in 2016 for two extended and bewitching sets.
 

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UPC: 4589650550050

Label: Cortez Sound
Catalog ID: Cortez Sound 0005
Squidco Product Code: 24882

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Jazz Room Cortez, in Mito, Japan, on December 22nd, 2016.


Personnel:

Satoko Fujii-piano

Natsuki Tamura-trumpet, voice

Keisuke Ohta-violin, voice

Takashi Itani-drums, percussion

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1. Convection 18:30

2. Looking Out The Window 31:27

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Presenting a different line-up from the 2001 debut of Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii's Quartet, remaining is trumpeter Natsuka Tamura, with Keisuke Ohta on violin and Takashi Itani on drums, performing evolving and rich collective improvisation with a strange edge, captured live at the Jazz Room Cortez in Mito, Japan in 2016 for two extended and bewitching sets.


Artist Biographies:

"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)
11/21/2017

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"Japanese trumpeter and composer Natsuki Tamura is internationally recognized for a unique musical vocabulary that blends extended techniques with jazz lyricism. This unpredictable virtuoso's seemingly limitless creativity led François Couture in All Music Guide to declare that "... we can officially say there are two Natsuki Tamuras: The one playing angular jazz-rock or ferocious free improv... and the one writing simple melodies of stunning beauty... How the two of them live in the same body and breathe through the same trumpet might remain a mystery."

Born on July 26, 1951, in Otsu, Shiga, Japan, Tamura first picked up the trumpet while performing in his junior high brass band. He began his professional music career after he graduated from high school, playing in numerous bands including the World Sharps Orchestra, Consolation, Skyliners Orchestra, New Herd Orchestra, Music Magic Orchestra, and the Satoko Fujii Ensemble, as well as in his own ensemble. He was the trumpeter for numerous national television shows in Japan from 1973-1982, including The Best Ten, Music Fair, Kirameku Rhythm and many others.

In 1986, he came to the United States to study at Berklee College of Music. He then returned to his native Japan to perform and teach at the Yamaha Popular Music School and at private trumpet studios in Tokyo and Saitama, before coming back to the US to study at New England Conservatory. He made his debut recording as a leader in 1992 on Tobifudo.

In 1997 he released the duo album How Many? with pianist Satoko Fujii, who is also his wife. It marked the beginning of an artistic collaboration that continues up to the present. The duo has made a total of five CDs over the years, including 2012's Muku. "Muku contains some truly stunning, spine-tingling music...its sheer beauty and elegance is what lingers most," wrote Dave Wayne in All About Jazz. "Fujii's orchestral technique, clear chromatic lines and "prepared piano" devices contrast effectively with Tamura's arsenal of extended techniques which he executes with a warm, vocalized tone throughout the trumpet's full range," Ted Panken said in his four-star DownBeat review. Tamura's collaborations with Fujii reveal an intense musical empathy, and have garnered wide popular and critical acclaim. Jim Santella in All About Jazz described their synergy well in his glowing review of the couple's 2006 Not Two disc, In Krakow, In November: "... the creative couple forcefully demonstrates what can happen when you let your musical ideas run free... Similarly, Tamura's mournful trumpet can fly high or low in search of his next surprise. Oftentimes, they both issue plaintive moans that sing like angels on high." Their sixth duet album is due out in 2017.

In 1998, Tamura began recording his unaccompanied solo performances. The stunning solo trumpet debut release, A Song for Jyaki earned a Writers Choice 1998 in Coda magazine, and Andy Bartlett wrote in Coda, "A fabulous set of hiccuping leaps, drones and post-bop trumpet hi-jinx. Tamura goes from growling lows to fluid, free solo runs and echoes not only Don Cherry's slurring anti-virtuosic chops but also Kenny Wheeler's piercing highwire fullness." He followed it up in 2003 with KoKoKoKe, which Jon Davis described in Exposé as "Buddhist chants from an alien planet." Grego Applegate Edwards explains that on Tamura's most recent solo album, 2013's Dragon Nat, "he pares down to focus on simple unwinding melodic material, the sound of his trumpet as a sensuous thing, a periodicity. Taken as a whole it is a kind of environmental tone poem for the moment Natsuki is in now."

2003 was a breakout year for Tamura as a bandleader, with the release of Hada Hada, featuring his free jazz-avant rock quartet with Fujii on synthesizer. Peter Marsh of the BBC had this to say about the high voltage CD: "Imagine Don Cherry woke up one morning, found he'd joined an avant goth-rock band and was booked to score an Italian horror movie. It might be an unlikely scenario, but it goes some way to describing this magnificent sprawl of a record." The quartet's 2004 Quartet release Exit was deemed "...a brilliantly executed set with a neon glow," by Dan McClenaghan in All About Jazz.

In 2005, Tamura made a 180-degree turn in his music with the debut of his all acoustic Gato Libre quartet. Focusing on the intersection of European folk music and sound abstraction, the quartet featured Fujii on accordion, Kazuhiko Tsumura on guitar, and Norikatsu Koreyasu on bass. The quartet's poetic, quietly surreal performances have been praised for their "surprisingly soft and lyrical beauty that at times borders on flat-out impressionism," by Rick Anderson in CD Hotlist. Dan McClenaghan in All About Jazz described their fourth CD, Shiro, as "intimate, something true to the simple beauty of the folk tradition...Tamura's career has largely been about dissolving musical boundaries. With Gato Libre and Shiro, the trumpeter extends his reach even deeper into the prettiest, most accessible of his endeavors." After the unexpected passing of Norikatsu in 2012, Tamura added trombonist Yasuko Kaneko to the group. The new configuration has toured Europe and Japan and released its debut recording, DuDu, in 2014. "DuDu follows the winning formula of its predecessors but, as with the other discs, eschews the formulaic. The result is another sublimely satisfying, elegant record that brims with raw excitement and a reflective nostalgia," writes Hrayr Attarian in All About Jazz. With the tragic death of guitarist Kazuhiko Tsumura, Gato Libre is now a trio. They will release a CD and LP in 2017.

In 2010, Tamura debuted a new electric quartet, First Meeting, featuring Fujii, drummer Tatsuhisa Yamamoto and electric guitarist Kelly Churko. Their first release, Cut the Rope, is "is a noisy, free, impatient album, and ranks among Fujii and Tamura's most accomplished," according to Steve Greenlee in the Boston Globe.

While fronting groups and recording as a leader, Tamura has also played an integral role in nearly all of Satoko Fujii's many projects. He is featured on all of the CDs by Satoko Fujii's various orchestras (NY, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe, and Berlin) and has contributed original compositions and arrangements to each of their 19 critically celebrated albums. In addition, he was a featured soloist in the Satoko Fujii Quartet, her avant-rock free jazz group that also included Tatsuya Yoshida of The Ruins. Of his work on the quartet's 2003 release Minerva, Mark Keresman wrote in JazzReview.com, "Natsuki Tamura's trumpet has some of the stark, melancholy lyricism of Miles, the bristling rage of late 60s Freddie Hubbard and a dollop of the extended techniques of Wadada Leo Smith and Lester Bowie."

Tamura is a vital member of Fujii's Min-Yo Ensemble as well. "Tamura tempers his avant-garde antics with an innate lyricism," wrote Steve Smith of Time Out New York in his review of Fujin Raijin, the intimate acoustic quartet's debut CD. He's also been singled out for his contributions to Fujii's ma do ensemble. "With Tamura's brash and glowing lines, the band incorporates mesmeric ostinatos and thrusting opuses into the grand schema," Glenn Astarita wrote in Ejazznews about their first CD, Desert Ship.

Collaborative groups also play an important role in Tamura's career. Most recently, Tamura joined Fujii and two French musicians, trumpeter Christian Pruvost and drummer Peter Orins, to form Kaze, which made their recording debut in 2011. In 2015, they released their third album, Uminari, which Jazz Magazine (France) called, "a compelling example of free jazz today. Compositions are perfectly scripted, with a well-oiled interaction and playing of beautiful power..." The collaborative trio Junk Box, which he co-founded in 2006 along with pianist Fujii and drummer John Hollenbeck, plays Fujii's "composed improvisations," graphic scores that take "ensemble dynamics to great creative heights," says Kevin Le Gendre in Jazzwise. Their music "is full of bluster and agitation that nonetheless retains moments of great melodic beauty, usually by way of concise, pertly pretty motifs that trumpeter Tamura plays in between bursts of withering roars that often dissolve into austere overtones." Their premiere CD, Fragment, appeared in 2006. As Daniel Spicer wrote of Fragment in JazzWise, "Tamura spits out gloriously rude Lester-Bowie-like snorts, lows like a herd of robotic cattle or makes like a wheezy howler monkey... Cool and clever." Glenn Astarita of All About Jazz declared it "Required listening."

Along the way, there have been one-off cooperative groups and sideman appearances for Tamura as well. In the Tank, an ad hoc quartet with Fujii and electric guitarists Takayuki Kato and Elliott Sharp, is a "triumphant electro-acoustic adventure" according to Daniel Spicer of Jazzwise. "Think AMM meets blues guitar meets 1970s Miles Davis and you get some idea of the disc's flavor: a slow-moving panorama for the ears, where sounds are systematically added, repeated, refined, and replaced in turn," wrote Nate Dorward in Cadence. Tamura and Fujii were one of two piano/trumpet duos featured on the Double Duo Crossword Puzzle CD, a live recording with Dutch trumpeter Angelo Verploegen and pianist Misha Mengelberg. Tamura has also toured and recorded with saxophonist Larry Ochs' Sax and Drumming Core, and appeared on albums by drummer Jimmy Weinstein, saxophonist Raymond McDonald, and CDs by Japanese free-jazz pioneers trumpeter Itaru Oki and pianist Masahiko Sato. In 2014 he released Nax, a duet album with bassist Alexander Frangenheim. Tamua has toured throughout Japan, North America, and Europe, appearing at major jazz festivals, concert halls, and clubs."

-Natsuki Tamura Website (http://www.natsukitamura.com/bio)
11/21/2017

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"Ota Osa Keisuke (Violin, Electric Violin, trumpa Violin, Voice, etc.)

Born in Kumamoto in 1956.

Begin the violin at the age of five. Major in chemistry at Kagoshima University.

I went to Tokyo in 1983 and departed as a work / arranger. So far, he has a lot of music such as CM, movies, theater, fashion shows, planetarium and so on.

As a violinist, he is good at ethnic music (Turkish, Arabic, Indian, Eastern European, Irish), jazz, improvisation. Of course, in the studio and live it is a precious existence to do all kinds of genre, participate in works of various artists and talents.

There is also a reputation for the voice that the Japanese has left, and it is used for TV, movies, games, CM etc.

Also, because of its unique appearance, she may be on stage as a performance artist, and there are many overseas performances as well.

Kazuji Umezu of Shinokubo gentlemen, the Yuji Tsuneaji (oud) Arabindia, Sato Masahiko (p.) Stoy, Shibusashirazu Orchestra, the Wataru Okuma (cl.) Cicala-MVTA, Junichi Takagi (g.) with MASARA, Yasuhiro Yoshigaki (per.) of Vincent Atomicus, with Taizo Sakai (G.) the Electric Nomad, one噌幸Hiroshi (flute) trio, Hiroshi Yoshino (b.) of the"此岸equinox", Kyoko Kuroda (p.) trio, Satoshi Yamaguchi (per.) and of thick Kuroyama, of Shoji Sato (Per.Vo.) MASSA, Yasuhiko Tachibana (B.) TOY, ultra stateless music group JAZICO, with Tadashitatsuki Yoshimi (tabla) A regular member such as a talk session"do SHOW (ぉ ぉ ょ う)".

Many co-star artists, many of them are Atsuta Forest, Akita Kawaguchi, Fumio Itabashi, Ueda Fist, Uzaki Ryudo, Uchida Kotaro, Uchida Kazuhisa, Uchida Kazuhisa, Otaka Hiroaki, Katayama Hiaki, Carmen · Maki, Miro Kurosawa (dance), Kuroda Kyoko, Toshiyuki Tanigawa, Toshiki Tanigawa, Shunichi Chikano, Shuichi Chino, Masato Tomobe, Yoshiro Nakamura, Alan Silva, Billy Bang, Carlo Actis Dato, Joëlle Leandre, Loren Newton, Zakir Hussein, and others.

In omnibus album"SONGS"(BIOSPHERE) produced by Tomohiko Kira (Zabadak), he made his own vocal debut.

"GHETTO"(directed by Tamiya Kuriyama) who appeared as a Jewish violin play won the Yomiuri Theater Grand Prize, the Everyday Arts Grand Prize and others.

Supports a nationwide tour of Imawano Kiyoshiro (Budokan, etc.).

In addition, she appeared as a mysterious violin fiddle in the movie"Human Chair"starred by Misa Shimizu (original Edogawa Ryobo, directed by Toshiyuki Mizutani), starring Tadanobu Asano and starring"Idiots Sakaguchi Animation, Director Tezuka Masashi, Hashimoto Kazuko Music".

NHK - BS"Aria of the Waterfall"(Matsumi no Taki - Ota Yoshie ed.). Participated in Bunrakuza Performance"Arabian Night", Bunraku Doll"Sonezaki Shinkansen ROCK"(Chikamatsu Monmadonaka original work, Akiko Aki composition lyrics, Uzaki Toryo composition).

In addition to each of the above regular units, there are many other regular units such as Otsuki Kenji, Seoul Flower Union, Handyman Yutro, Nakagawa Hirotaka, Hashiken, Mikieko Hiroda, The Boom, Cocco, Rikki (Final Fantasy X Insertion Song) Join the CD.

TBS travel program"World Ulrun Stay", TBS drama"Younger man","Hello to Takahara", NHK Friday Drama, Shuhei Fujisawa's original"Sicure Guru", movie"Chicken is Hadashi", animation movie"Kappa Ku and Summer Vacation", NHK Taiga Drama"Ryomaden", Japan Television Battle Drama"Dog's Day Disappeared"(also in charge of composition), movie"Rurouni Kenshin"and other violin and voice.

Released the leader album"Blue Ronde a la Turk"(duo with pianist Bill Mays).

Every month we have a multitude of guests and hosted the 100th music show"Violon's Ota Hiroshi Yaya no Yoru ()".

Forming the first leader band Yolcu- Yoldaş (Jorges and Yoldaş) with Tsuneo Hao (g.), Yoichi Okabe (per.).

Appeared in Yosuke Yamashita 's unit at"Antalya International Piano Festival"sponsored by Turkish pianist Fajr Sai."

-Keisuke Ohta Website (Translated by Google) (http://violin-ohta.cside.com/profile/profile-j.html)
11/21/2017

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"Takashi Itani started playing jazz drums after he first heard Max Roach on a Charlie Parker record. Inspired by the music of Cuba, Brazil and West Africa, Itani also plays conga, bongo, djambe, cajon, pandeiro, framedrum, and Darbuka. His drumming Using his unique creativity and wide range of performance skills, Itani conduct and records tirelessly with a number of bands in a variety of genres." (English Bio)

"Koji Iriya (Takashi Toyoshi) / percussionist, drummer
Listen to Max Roach at Charlie Parker 's album and start drumming.
After that, it comes to treat percussion by touching folk music.
Participate in various domestic and international live recordings, with unique feelings and broad expressive power not stuck to existing areas.
She is actively performing performances and productions with artists other than musicians, such as Butoh dancers, video writers, painters and poets.
The main activities in recent years,
Nakahara Nakaya Prize, Hagiwara Sakutaro Award Poet Michiko Triangular project, Yoshio Hayakawa, Masahide Sakuma and Hiroshi Mikami, joined the Endo Michirou Amami archipelago tour. Live in Hawaii, Slovenia, Berlin, Bielefeld, New York. Music director of Mr. director's movie, providing sound source for solo exhibition. Mr. Mr. Miyoshi Endo attended the film festival "JAPAN CUTS" in New York as a performer of "Director Miyoshi Endo, I have forgotten your face" Performance before screening.
Cool Jazz 's Heavy Ted Brown' s Japan Live Recording Participated as a member of Sextet Hirai Yoichi.
Participated in recording of Utada Hikaru "Hymne a l'amour - Anthem of Love" (produced by Kikuchi Norihiro).
Jazz drummer Masahiko Osaka participate in recording "Novie / Confetto" produced.
JiLL - Decoy association Join the recording of 'Giordeco 6 ~ Just a Hunch ~' 'World and I Love You' 'Giordeco 7 ~ voyage ~' Participated in recordings 1 to 4 of Kazue Gyarantiku 'Anthology'.
In the project with Satoko Fujii (pianist, composer) and Natsuki Tamura (trumpeter, composer), I will perform Europe tour, North America tour, South American tour, Kyushu tour. Appear in the Vision Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival, the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival.
Self-tone generator "Seems like a dream" announced.
In his own solo performance, he is invited to France, Lille." (Japanese Bio translated by Google)

- Website (Translated by Google) (http://itanitakaside.gozaru.jp/ )
11/21/2017

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