Pianist Fujii's 5th quartet album with husband Tamura on trumpet and Ruins/Magaibutsu drummer Yoshida Tatsuya blending straight jazz with avant conventions.
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Catalog ID: MZCO-1136
Squidco Product Code: 9319
Recorded and mixed by Katsui Shigeta at Epicurus Studio, Tokyo, December 7, 2006
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1. Sunset in Savannah 9:17
2. In the Town Called Empty 7:34
3. Natsu Mae 3:36
4. Flying Elephant 13:04
5. Bacchus 3:37
6. In the Town You Don't See on the Map 8:53
7. Waltz for Godzilla 8:41
8. Natsu Mae (with effect) 3:35
Japanese & Asian Improv/Rock
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"With a discography of forty plus albums featuring ensembles ranging from intimate duos to big bands, pianist Satoko Fujii is one of Japan's most prolific and versatile jazz artists. The fifth record by her long- standing quartet, Bacchus is preceded by the similarly titled Vulcan (Libra, 2001), Minerva (Libra, 2002), Zephyros (Natsat, 2003) and Angelona (Libra, 2005).
Regular members, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, electric bassist Takeharu Hayakawa and drummer Tatsuya Yoshida once again accompany Fujii, blending straightforward popular music conventions with avant garde sensibilities. The quartet surges with vivacious electricity, delivering evocative melodies bolstered by complex harmonic counterpoint and expansive dynamics.
Fujii and husband Tamura need little introduction; their numerous collaborations have ranged from quiet acoustic meditations to simmering electric storms. Products of a classical education, Fujii's studies with pianist Paul Bley and Tamura's conservatory training are revealed nonchalantly, deftly integrating bouts of blustery atonality with supple virtuosity.
A rock bassist with a longtime membership in saxophonist Kazutoki Umezu's band, Takeharu Hayakawa employs a broad range of approaches in support of his slinky bass lines. Bright, buoyant thumbed notes on the ebullient "Sunset In Savannah" provide contrast with the fuzzy, overdriven chord bursts and discordant bent tones of "In The Town You Don't See On The Map."
Founder of the Ruins, Japan's foremost avant-prog duo, Tatsuya Yoshida also drums in jazz pianist Masabumi Kikichu's Slash trio. A consummate musician, his percussive volleys are resolute but never overwhelming, tempered with a composer's sense of restraint. His unaccompanied drum solo on "Flying Elephant" is text book perfect, building from spare, colorful variations to a propulsive, thematically concise climax without ever losing momentum.
Another phenomenal outing from Satoko Fujii's Quartet, Bacchus rewards repeated listening, revealing new layers over time."-Troy Collins, All About Jazz
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