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Satoko Fujii Four


photo by Ryo Natsuki


Natsuki Tamura – trumpet
Satoko Fujii – piano
Mark Dresser – bass
Jim Black – drums

gThe free-jazz interplay finds the leader/pianist pushing like a drummer, bassist Mark Dresser thumping out subtexted melodies, and percussionist Jim Black coating the action in a silvery scrim. As for trumpeter Natsuki Tamura\call him a sky-writer.h \Jim Macnie, The Village Voice

gcmoves from pulsing mystery to noisy chaos, from harsh dissonance to spry unison piano-and-trumpet melodies, without ever losing intensity. There is a Gerschwinesque sense of motion to Fujiifs best music that makes a listener want to take every bit of the journey with her.h \ Danny Hooley, The News & Observer

The Satoko Fujii Four is emphatically not a traditional one-horn jazz quartet. Instead, each member plays an equal role in the ensemble, and therefs no telling what theyfll do. They may play an epic 30-minute composition full of wild free jazz energy and vivid contrasts, and then dig into a short, lyrical tune. They may rock one moment, then swing the next. A Balkan folk melody may pop up in the midst of abstract sound. A concert by the quartet is a delightfully unpredictable adventure.

They have released two CDs, Live In Japan (2005) and When We Were There (2006).

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