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Satako Fujii's new ma-do quartet, superb, lively, eclectic and absolutely exciting improvisation from this seemingly unstoppable and gifted pianist.

Fujii, Satoko ma-do
Heat Wave

Fujii, Satoko ma-do: Heat Wave (Not Two Records)
Label: Not Two Records    
Released in: Poland    

"An amazing release, Heat Wave presents a new band named the Ma-Do Quartet, consisting of players from other bands which Fujii has played in or led—trumpeter Natuski Tamura, Fujii's husband and musical collaborator; bassist Norikatsu Koreyasu, a member of Tamura's band Gato Libre; and drummer Akira Horikoshi, a member of Fujii's Tokyo Big Band.

This band and its music sounds like a conscious summation of Fujii's most recent efforts in both composition and performance. Elegantly fused are the qualities of Fujii's other Japanese quartet, in its power and intensity; her Junk Box trio with Tamura and percussionist John Hollenbeck, in its use of unconventional compositions requiring the musicians to give them import; her American trio with bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Jim Black, for their pure improvisatory prowess; and Tamura's Gato Libre, for its delightfully surprising and touching melodies.

This synthesis sounds entirely natural, and is represented by the quartet's name of "ma-do," which means "window" in Japanese, with "ma" also meaning the "silence between the notes." What Fujii is getting at with this name is not only that this music "opens to the outside," but also that listeners can see its insides, as the players negotiate the notation and react to it.

This music has an exquisite liveliness. It literally breathes, changing shape, texture and color continuously while it develops. The excitement created is palpable as the quartet reacts to what is written, with the result being three-dimensional structures of avant-garde classical grace that mutate, turning on a dime into heavy funk or literally exploding.


Aurally stunning, complex and yet deeply and emotionally involving, Heat Wave is a new high for Fujii. She has created, and continues to extend, her own sound world."-All About Jazz

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Product Information:

UPC: 5907589871081

Label: Not Two Records
Catalog ID: MW806-2
Squidco Product Code: 10589

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded April 19, 2008 at Epicuru Studios, Tokyo.


Satoko Fujii-piano

Natsuki Tamura-trumpet

Norikatsu Koreyasu-bass

Akira Horikoshi-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Heat Wave 5:32

2. Beyond The Horizon 9:00

3. Mosaic 7:22

4. Ring A Bell 7:00

5. Tornado 6:45

6. The Squall In The Sahara 7:25

7. Amoeba 5:02

8. Spiral Staircase 4:27

9. To The Skies 3:04

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