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With two trumpets, drums and piano, Kaze's 2nd release with Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura, and Muzzix members Christian Pruvost and Peter Orins, hits like the album title, but surprises with contrasts from torrential power to beautiful melodic interplay.
 

Kaze
Tornado

Kaze: Tornado (Circum-Libra)
Label: Circum-Libra    
Released in: Japan    


"Tornado, the second release by the international quartet, Kaze, hits the listener like the powerful force of nature that gives the album its name. Trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and pianist Satoko Fujii, two of Japan's foremost improviser-composers, join forces once again with trumpeter Christian Pruvost and drummer Peter Orins from the French improvisers collective, Muzzix, for an album that is "sans any limiting factors," as Jazz Review critic Glenn Astarita described the debut album Rafale.

Right from the explosive opening track, Tamura's "Wao", you can never be sure what's coming next from this exuberantly creative quartet. Tamura and Pruvost alternate touching melodies with startling shrieks and flatulent snorts, subverting expectations at every turn. When Fujii and Orins rush in, the music takes off like a rocket into realms of high energy improvising. Every step of the way, however, the group morphs into duo and trio combinations that keep the music jumping among a kaleidoscopic variety of densities, instrumentation, tempos, and textures. Drummer Orin's "Mecanique" promises to be a mid-tempo romp of interlocking trumpet riffs and shifting piano ostinatos, but it, too, moves unexpected direction, subsiding into lovely long melodies and tender piano lines. Even starker contrasts mark Fujii's title track, as the irrepressible foursome gleefully moves from Balkan dance melodies to abstract trumpet dialoges of growls and moans to pretty hymn-like songs to roaring collective improvisation. Throughout her career, Fujii has established close working relationships with drummers, and the sympathetic interaction between her and Orins is front and center on "Imokidesu". Fujii's "Triangle", like the title track, unleashes musical forces that are awesome and fearful and yet penetrate us with their beauty and power. The trumpeters, with their extended vocabulary of speech-like sounds, sound as if they are talking to each other during an extended duet passage and the track climaxes with an especially passionate group improvisation in which all four musicians inspire each other to greater heights."-Brathwaite & Katz



"Christian Pruvost plays in Circum Grand Orchestra, Feldspath, La Pieuvre, Flu(o) / Impression, Kaze, Christian Pruvost, Pruvost / Mahieux, Signal Box, Quartet Base, Ziph, Wabla, Moondog Madrigals, PCM Bla∫t, Intento, Le Grand Orchestre de MuzzixGenerous, insatiable and prolific musician, Christian Pruvost multiplies the cooperations for several years, whether it is in jazz, improvised music or live performing arts.Solo, (" Ipteravox " released in 2010 on Helix / Circum-Disc), he explores the spectrum of the trumpet, from the softest blowing to the strongest bursts. Playing all acoustic, he develops his repertoire very serenely, and adds some objects that bring him a wealth of extra tones. His inventiveness and the originality of his approach has taken him to perform solo in Brest, Montreuil, Paris, Besançon, Tours, Nantes, Montpellier, Amsterdam and Australia (Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane), invited by pianist Anthony Pateras.With Didier Aschour, he is a co-director of " Round the World of Sound ", creation gathering 14 musicians from the Muzzix collective and Dedalus ensemble in a work on Moondog's madrigals. He can be seen alongside Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura and Peter Orins in the spectacular franco-japanese quartet Kaze (2 albums and several tours in Japan, Israel, and in the USA/Canada since 2011, and a Japanese tour in preparation for september 2014).In a new project called PCM Bla∫t, Christian Pruvost surrounds himself with Maxime Morel (tuba) and Samuel Carpentier (trombone). Together they explore many repertoires - from medieval music to the composers of the XXIst century - but also improvised forms ; altogether in a theatrical and experimental approach. He is also a member of Circum Grand Orchestra, which releases its third album composed by Christophe Hache in 2014, and la Pieuvre, the improvisation orchestra conducted by Olivier Benoit.Blowing masseur in Ziph (collective of individual balloon-membrane horns and creator of the concept of sound massages), he also takes part in the Wabla project with Thierry Madiot, Yanik Miossec and David Bausseron. He can be seen in duo with bass player Nicolas Mahieux, in Flu(o), Arsis quartet, in the orchestra of Zoone Libre collective Vazytouille and in two shows carried by la Cie Générale d'Imaginaire [dukõne] and [ nu ].Collaborations with Axel Dörner, Olivier Benoit, Jérémie Ternoy, Nicolas Mahieux, Otomo Yoshihide, Mina Small, Sean Baxter, Benoît Delbecq, Alain Gibert, Carole Rieussec, Roger Cochini, Sophia Domancich, Giovanna Marini, Didier Levallet, Lucia Recio, Li Ping Ting, Patricia Kuypers, Thierry Madiot, Sophie Agnel, Satoko Fuji, Natsuki Tamura, Jérôme Noetinger, Benjamin Duboc, Didier Lasserre, Makoto Sato, Lionel Marchetti, Cor Fuhler, John Edwards, Tony Buck, Daunik Lazro..."-Muzzix (http://muzzix.info/Pruvost?lang=en)
2/22/2017

"Born on October 9, 1958 in Tokyo, Japan, Fujii began playing piano at four and received classical training until twenty, when she turned to jazz. From 1985-87, she studied at Boston's Berklee College of Music, where her teachers included Herb Pomeroy and Bill Pierce. She returned to Japan for six years before returning to the US to study at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where her teachers included George Russell, Cecil McBee, and Paul Bley, who appeared on her debut CD Something About Water (Libra, 1996).

Since then Fujii has been an innovative bandleader and soloist, a tireless seeker of new sounds, and a prolific recording artist in ensembles ranging from duos to big bands. She has showcased her astonishing range and ability approximately 80 CDs as leader or co-leader. With each new recording or new band, she explores new aspects of her art.

Regular collaborations include her New York trio with bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Jim Black, augmented by trumpeter/husband Natsuki Tamura to form the Satoki Fujii Four; her duo with Tamura; the Satoko Fujii Quartet featuring Tatsuya Yoshida of the Japanese avant-rock duo, The Ruins; Orchestra New York, which boasts the cream of New York's contemporary avant garde improvisers, including saxophonists Ellery Eskelin and Tony Malaby, trumpeters Herb Roberton and Steven Bernstein, and trombonist Curtis Hasselbring, among others; Orchestra Tokyo, drawing on that city's best improvisers; Orchestra Nagoya; Orchestra Kobe; the co-operative trio Junk Box with Tamura and percussionist John Hollenbeck; ma-do, a quartet including Tamura on trumpet, bassist Norikatsu Koreyasu, and Akira Horikoshi; the Min-Yoh Ensemble with Tamura, trombonist Hasselbring, and accordionist Andrea Parkins; the Satoko Fujii New Trio, featuring bassist Todd Nicholson and drummer Takashi Itani― plus countless engagements and collaborations with some of the world's most important improvisers."

-Satoko Fujii Website (http://www.satokofujii.com/bio.html)
2/22/2017





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Product Information:

UPC: 4562169332027

Label: Circum-Libra
Catalog ID: 202
Squidco Product Code: 17843

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded on October 2nd and 3rd, 2012 by Patrice Kubiak at Studio Ka, Faches Thumesnil, France.

Personnel:

Christian Pruvost-trumpet

Natsuki Tamura-trumpet

Satoko Fuji-piano

Peter Orins-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Wao 7:51

2. Mecanique 5:19

3. Tornado 11:52

4. Imokidesu 6:16

5. Triangle 19:54