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Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York



Oscar Noriega, Briggan Krauss – alto sax, Tony Malaby, Ellery Eskelin – tenor sax, Andy Laster – baritone sax, Herb Robertson, Steven Bernstein, Dave Ballou, Natsuki Tamura – trumpet, Joey Sellers, Curtis Hasselbring, Joe Fiedler – trombone, Satoko Fujii – piano, Stomu Takeishi – bass, Aaron Alexander – drums

gThis big band packs fierce solo power, but Fujii flexes all that muscle masterfully. Her suite runs the loud-quiet, sweet-sour gamut, a model of tight composition and daring arrangement, driven by a rhythm section that hews close enough to the beat and a trio of trombones that do the heavy liftingc Grade eAf.h  \ Tom Hull, The Village Voice

gThe muscular riffing of Count Basie, sophisticated harmonies of Carla Bley, zany irreverence of Frank Zappa, and spasmodic freedom of Sun Ra are all fused into a wide-ranging aestheticc Fujii reinvents the big band tradition, maintaining structural focus with intricate charts and tight arrangements, while still enabling her soloists maximum freedom of expression.h⎯Troy Collins, All About Jazz

Formed in 1996 when Fujii lived briefly in the Big Apple, Orchestra New York boasts a truly all-star line up of the cityfs most adventurous downtown improvisers. Personnel have changed remarkably little since then and through long familiarity with her music, they play Fujiifs compositions with amazing depth and expression. Their CDs are consistently listed on year-end top 10 CD lists in magazines such as Jazziz, Cadence, Coda, and Swing Journal.

They have released nine CDs: South Wind (1997), JO (1999), Double Take (2000), The Future Of The Past (2003), Blueprint (2004), Undulation (2006), Summer Suite (2008), Eto (2011), and Shiki (2013).

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