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Junk Box (Tamura / Fujii / Hollenbeck)
Fragment

Junk Box (Tamura / Fujii / Hollenbeck): Fragment (Libra)
Label: Libra    
Released in: Japan    


"Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii's new improvisational trio, Junk Box, features the talents of her husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, and an extraordinary percussionist, John Hollenbeck. Fujii's diverse, open ended compositions veer from AACM-inspired textural explorations to violent, free rhythmic exchanges, making Fragment full of surprises.

Fujii coined the concept for this trio, "com-impro": composed improvisation. The pre-written sections of this partially arranged music are not traditionally notated-rather, words and graphic notation are used. Despite the cerebral forms at the foundation of the trio's excursions, it does not result in overly austere music. "Your Neighbors" features humorous quotes from Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Johnny Mandel, all blended into a morass of fitful abstraction, sprightly march rhythms and pedestrian rock and roll patterns.

Fujii's pseudo-classical pianism is a delight. Her forceful, modulated arpeggios on "Ants Are Crossing the Highway" provide an intricate rhythmic structure over which Tamura can blast his smeary, Lester Bowie-meets-Cootie Williams gurgles and gutbucket skronk to the heavens, while Hollenbeck furiously pummels the skins. [...]

Satoko Fujii, who typically traffics in dark, stark impressionism, varies her compositional style here, alternating agitated and vivacious pieces with probing, introspective fare. As a leader of various ensembles from solo to big band, Fujii is a wide-ranging talent. Stepping beyond her notable skills as an arranger, Fragment shines extra light on her singular skills as an improviser in this intimate and rewarding setting."-Troy Collins, All About Jazz






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Improvised Music
Jazz
Trio Recordings
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Product Information:

UPC: 4562169330139

Label: Libra
Catalog ID: 203-013
Squidco Product Code: 9317

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardstock Foldover in a clear vinyl sleeve
Recorded by Jamie Saft, NYC on March 17, 2004

Personnel:

Natsuki Tamura-trumpet

Satoko Fujii-piano

John Hollenbeck-percussion

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Track Listing:

1. A Dream In The Dawn 2:33

2. Ants Are Crossing The Highway 7:44

3. Getting Lost On Snowy Day 6:39

4. At Intersection, On The Window 5:10

5. Looking Out Of The Window 9:13

6. Your Neighbors 4:47

7. Wok Cooking 4:43

8. Tin Can Godzilla 3:19

9. Cats'nap 4:58

10. Lullaby 4:11