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SATOKO FUJII NEW TRIO


Spring Storm (2013)

“Fujii continues to explore the connections between composition and improvisation with enthralling melodies and make room for rounds of wild abandon. Her strong personality and muscular approach also means that the band can pack a punch.  Fujii’s broad attack can generate an impressive ascending effect that contributes unquestionably to the group’s huge sound…” — Alain Drouot, DownBeat

“It is tempting to say the very focused, often gorgeous and always thought-provoking Spring Storm—with its delicacy versus strength dynamic, and melodic beauty beside the articulate and challenging interplay—is her best work to date.” — Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

“Satoko Fujii has a strange and fervent magic style, as goddess Isis, weaves the threads between outside and inside, between image and real… Satoko Fujii and her New Trio on Spring Storm offer a varied sound map of images, of emotional beauty without conventions or concessions.” — Gustavo Bustamantemesa, JazzTimes.com

 “Satoko Fujii’s New Trio has the edge and the confidence to become bigger than itself, especially if Fujii keeps writing the way she currently is. So here’s to one of 2013’s best releases.” — John Garratt, Pop Matters

“The trio format is the best way to hear Fujii’s piano, as she successfully homes in on the aesthetics of jazz’ two premier postbop stylists: Paul Bley (a mentor) and Cecil Taylor… Based on this disc, this trio has potential for the long haul.” — Robert Iannapollo, NYC Jazz Record

"I hear Satoko Fujii's remarkable maturity as a pianist here." — Masahiko Yuh, Jazz Tokyo

“Despite the fact that the Satoko Fujii New Trio has only been a unit a short time, Spring Storm is vibrant music and the group interactions are fearless.” — Richard Kamins, Step Tempest

“Fans of Fujii’s best small-group work, including her brilliant collaborations with Myra Melford and Carla Kihlstedt, will not be disappointed.” — Alan Young, Lucid Culture

 “Joined by Todd Nicholson and Takashi Itani, who lend magnificence to the day by adding a bit of color, Fujii keeps control of a boundless imagination. As leader, she lends irresistible impulse to the trio, imposing complex structures and mysterious dynamics, but always in the interest of balancing the voices.” — Lorraine Soliman, JazzMan (France)

“Ms. Fujii’s writing for this trio is consistently engaging, as she has found the perfect collaborators to work with and push to great lengths. This date is one of the finest piano trio dates of the year, so don’t miss it!” — Bruce Gallanter, DownTown Music Gallery

“Fujii strikes a perfect balance between rich melodicism and unfettered, imaginative spontaneity… Together the ensemble creates multilayered and thrilling abstract landscapes of improvised poetry that are sublimely intellectual yet with a visceral punch… On this exquisite CD Fujii has thoroughly re-imagined the traditional trio yet has deftly maintained the elements of its universal appeal…. Spring Storm is her most accomplished opus to date.” — Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz



“Vivid face of pianist Satoko Fujii, always full of soul challenging music.” — Shiro Matsuo, Music Magazine

“It is excellent Fujii, excellent piano trio new music-jazz, and it reminds you how important she is.  Nobody quite has her outlook and she realizes it with style, grace, and fire!  Listen to this one!” — Greg Edwards, Gapplegate Music Review

“This is avant garde, highly individualistic and impressionistic music, heavy on the drama and emotions as expressed through the three instruments working with and against each other…. Brilliant.” — David Sampson, A Jazz Listener’s Thoughts

“Fujii’s defies being pigeonholed by genre, adopting a range of approaches which draw on jazz, rock and contemporary classical in a deeply personal post-modern mix.  But whatever the inspiration, she always remains determinedly expressive, unafraid of either wild dissonance or the honeyed phrase… Already it feels as if the New Trio has carved out a distinctive niche.” — John Sharpe, All About Jazz

“…spectacular playing by three uniquely gifted instrumentalists having, apparently, a lot of fun with our standard conceptions of rhythmic pulse, among other things.” — John Payne, Bluefat

 “…it has all the appearances of a fully flowered band that already knows its character… Fujii and her two new cohorts ignore artificial boundaries and come up with something radically different from what one might expect… Long live the Satoko Fujii New Trio.” — S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews

“I’ve reviewed Ms. Fujii’s work since the inception of this magazine, and I can truly say that this is among the best I’ve heard from her!...highly evolved jazz and experimental piano.” — Dick Metcalf, Zzaj Productions

 
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