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Satoko Fujii's latest Junk Box with Natsuki Tamura and John Hollenbeck is an amazing jazz album of extended technique, instrumentation and expressive, dramatic ideas

Junk Box (Tamura / Fujii / Hollenbeck)
Cloudy Then Sunny

Junk Box (Tamura / Fujii / Hollenbeck): Cloudy Then Sunny (Libra)
Label: Libra    
Released in: Japan    

"[...] the piece de rsistance of her recent releases is the new Junk Box, with Natsuki Tamura on trumpet and John Hollenbeck on percussion. The first Junk Box CD was already something special, but this one goes even further, even deeper into avant-garde territory, with lots of extended techniques used on the various instruments, but they create music, not just sounds, there is a story to tell, sometimes full of anguish, sometimes dark, full of drama, with truckloads of expressiveness. The brightly shining wheat field on the cover, with the red flames under a dark sky truly reflect the nature of the music. It is all about contrast, about freedom and control, about darkness and light, speed and slowness, rhythm and counter-rhythm, but then with the dynamics of fire and passion to move the whole thing forward, and it's in all this heavily accentuated lightfootedness that the true art of this band emerges.


This is not easy listening, but it is very rewarding. The trio manages to create something unusual with known and unknown ingredients, creating things on the spot with lots of complexity and evocative power. There aren't many who can manage this. Next to being the pice de resistance of her recent releases, it's also a tour de force. It's a rare artistic achievement. Brilliant."

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Product Information:

UPC: 4562169330191

Label: Libra
Catalog ID: 203-019
Squidco Product Code: 9914

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardstock Foldover in a clear vinyl sleeve
Recorded on December 20, 2006 at Systems Two, NYC by Joe Marciano.


Natsuki Tamura-trumpet

Satoko Fujii-piano

John Hollenbeck-percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Computer Virus 2:14

2. Chilly Wind 6:47

3. Back And Forth 4:52

4. Night Came In Manhattan 2:24

5. Chinese Kitchen 4:11

6. Multiple Personalities 6:57

7. Opera By Rats 5:17

8. Alligators Running In The Sewers 5:39

9. Soldier's Depression 6:27

10. One Equation 6:57

11. Cloudy Then Sunny 4:21

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