The Squid's Ear Magazine

  Rapid SSL





  American Express

© 2002-2016, Squidco LLC

Pianist and composer Satoko Fujii's Nagoya band, comprised of younger Japanese players influenced by rock music, along with Natsuki Tamura, powerful eclectic and experimental jazz.

Fujii, Satoko Orchestra Nagoya

Fujii, Satoko Orchestra Nagoya: Sanrei (Bakamo)
Label: Bakamo    
Released in: Japan    

"In a recent interview in Cadence magazine, pianist and composer Satoko Fujii briefly discusses her four ongoing big bands - New York, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kobe. Unlike the other three big bands, Orchestra Nagoya is comprised of younger Japanese players whose musical backgrounds and listening habits include a healthy dose of rock music. The band, conducted by Fujii, features electric guitarist Yasuhiro Usui who also produced, mixed, and mastered the CD, and wrote two of its seven pieces. Unlike Orchestra New York and Orchestra Tokyo (I haven't yet heard Orchestra Kobe), Fujii does not play the piano in Orchestra Nagoya. Her husband, trumpeter Natsuke Tamura is, however, a prominent soloist on "Sanrei," which also boasts two of his quirky, imaginative compositions, 'Gokaku' and 'Sankaku.' As one might expect, the music here is brash, boldly experimental, even startling.

Sanrei is unique amongst contemporary big band recordings in that its edgy, manic, streetwise energy is more about punk rock or alternative rock than it is a reflection of pioneering 60s and 70s avant-jazz big bands such as Globe Unity or the London Jazz Composers' Orchestra. The piano-less rhythm section is adept at playing bruising, punkish rock and intricate funky fusion. But this band can also swing hard, albeit not in a traditional fashion. At times, the brass and reed section work has a joyfully sloppy, off-kilter Sun Ra sort of sound to it. After a careful listen or two, it's quite apparent that this lack of precision is completely intentional (as it was in Sun Ra's various bands). Even more iconoclastic is the band's penchant for distorted guitar and bass sounds, collective brass and reed soloing, and spontaneous eruptions of vocal sounds - yodeling, scatting, howling, groaning, screaming, and even some pseudo-operatic singing. [...]

Sanrei is a bracing, high-intensity musical journey through the imaginations of some of Japan's most exciting and interesting musicians and composers. While it represents a definitive break from the typical 'avant garde big band' sound, it is probably too dark, intense, and rock-based for fans of traditional big band jazz. However, I totally enjoyed "Sanrei" from beginning to end. Fujii and her colleagues prove once again that the creative possibilities in a jazz ensemble of any given size are limitless."-Dave Wayne,

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Staff Picks & Recommended Items

Get additional information at

Search for other titles on the Bakamo label.

Other Recommended Releases:
Fujii, Satoko Tobira
Yamiyo Ni Karasu
De Villiers Jr., Jerry
The Turning Point Archives
(Timeless Momentum)
Fujii, Satoko New Trio
Spring Storm
Fujii Ma-Do, Satoko
Time Stands Still
(Not Two Records)

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought:
Eisenstadt, Harris
September, Canada Day IV
Roots Magic (Popolla / Defabriths / Tedeschi / Spera / Ventiucci)
Hoodoo Blues
(Clean Feed)
Wooley, Nate (w/ Ingrid Laubrock, Sylvie Courvoisier & Matt Moran)
Battle Pieces
(Relative Pitch)
Deux Maisons
For Sale
(Clean Feed)
Wooley, Nate / Ken Vandermark
East By Northwest
(Pleasure of the Text Records)
Lucas, Gary
(Northern Spy)
Rocket Science
Evan Parker / Peter Evans / Craig Taborn / Sam Pluta
(More Is More)
Dog Hallucination
Serving Two Masters [3" CDR]
Made to Break
Lacerba [VINYL]
(Clean Feed)
Sharp, Elliott
(Long Song Records)
Dresser, Mark Quintet
(Clean Feed)
Halvorson, Mary Septet
Illusionary Sea
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Mostly Other People Do the Killing
Red Hot
(Hot Cup Records)
Lopes, Luis
Lisbon Berlin Trio
(Clean Feed)
Eisenstadt, Harris September Trio
The Destructive Element
(Clean Feed)
Haino, Keiji / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
Now While It's Still Warm Let Us Pour in All the Mystery
(Black Truffle)
Metzger, Matthieu
Morris / Fernandez / Wooley
From The Discrete To The Particular
(Relative Pitch)
Heberer, Thomas Clarino
(Red Toucan)
Carrothers, Bill
Family Life
Barno, Niklas / Joel Grip / Didier Lasserre
Can't Stop Snusing
Maroney, Denman / Dominic Lash
All Strung Out
Price: $12.00
In Stock


Shipping Weight: 3.00 units

Quantity in Basket: None

Product Information:


Label: Bakamo
Catalog ID: 07
Squidco Product Code: 12144

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Japan
Packaging: Jewel tray, not sealed.
Recorded September 4, 2007 by Nobuki Matsui at Tokuzo. Mixed and mastered by Yasuhiro Usui.


Satoko Fujii-conductor

Shinkgo Takeda-alto sax

Akihiko Yoshimaru-alto sax

Kenichi Matsumoto-tenor sax

Yoshihio Hanawa-tenor sax

Yoshiyuki Hirao-baritone sax

Natsuki Tamura-trumpet

Tsomutu Watanabe-trumpet

Takahiro Tsujita-trumpet

Misaki Ishiwata-trumpet

Tomoyuki Mihara-trombone

Toshinori Terukina-trombone, euphonium

Tatsuki Yoshino-tuba

Yasuhiro Usui-guitar

Atsutomo Ishigaki-bass

Hisamine Kondo-drums

Highlight an artist name or instrument above
and click here to Search

Track Listing:

1. 五角 Gokaku 10:29

2. Eaves 8:30

3. Blueprint 8:58

4. 近藤スター Kondo Star 12:41

5. 暑月 Shogetu 8:08

6. 三角 Sankaku 8:37

7. 山嶺 Sanrei 10:42

What are other customers searching for?