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SATOKO FUJII TRIO

Trace A River (2008)

 g4-stars.h \ Jazzwise (UK)
 
gAlone, or with her trio, Fujii reveals a singular voice that effortlessly bridges the accessible with the adventurous.  gTrace a Riverh offers ample proof of the continued relevance of the venerable piano trio in the hands of a true artist.h \Troy Collins, All About Jazz

gPick Hits.h \ Tom Hull, Village Voice Jazz Consumer Guide

gBeautiful and exciting by turns, and sometimes both at once, Trace A River marks an important contribution to Fujiifs catalogc this record makes it clear how vibrantly the trio continues to grow.  I canft wait to hear them documented again.h \ Michael Coyle, Cadence

gA dynamite unitc another strong one filled with improv delirium, hot grooves, and melodic dances.h \ Jason Bivins, Signal to Noise

g4-starsc Ten years after the Satoko Fujii Trio's debut recording -- and six other records later -- comes Trace a River, a high-water mark in the group's creative flowc Trace a River is the Satoko Fujii Trio's most important album since Kitsune-Bi, and one of Fujii's all-time best records, because it encapsulates the uniqueness of her voice, as a composer and pianist, through a set of superior focus and art.h \ François Couture, All Music

gSome of us canft get enough of her. She has become a force to be reckoned with over the years, blending a classicistfs thought process with a free-jazzerfs spontaneity. Unlike some improvisers, she is at her most creative when she is explosive. And she explodes a lotc Trace a River opens with a missile. The first two minutes of the title track are pretty, almost pastoral, and then, without warning\bang!\Fujii, bassist Mark Dresser, and drummer Jim Black go at it, full bore. Their animation rises and ebbs before flowing gently toward its conclusion. Fujii delivers a masterful unaccompanied solo that ends thunderously, inviting Black to pound almost indiscriminately\and loudly\and Dresser to pluck a hiccupping bass linec This release is right up there with the triofs 2002 album Bell the Cat!h \ Steve Greenlee, JazzTimes

gTake three aggressively-inclined and adventuresome players, set them loose on Fujiifs angular melodies and choppy thythms, and then sit back and marvelc. When the CD is over, I want to play it again to see what I can discover the next time through.  A delight.h \ Stuart Kremsky, IAJRC Journal
 
gFujii celebrates her 50th birthday and the 10th anniversary of her New York trio with this set that is loaded with the hallmarks of her playing, even as she charts new coursesc A sure bet for progressive jazz piano tastes.h
\ Chris Spector, Midwest Record
 
gExciting, energetic, many-layered, and thought-provoking, Fujii, along with Dresser and Black have created another masterpiece with Trace A River.h \ Budd Kopman, All About Jazz

 g**** 4-stars. Mark Dresser opens the first track, "Trace A River", with high arco bowing, plaintive, brooding, with sparse piano chords by Fujii and soft accentuations given by Jim Black's drums, but then the slow flowing tumbles down the slopes of hills and mountains in torrents of hard-hitting chords and percussive power, with Dresser's bass taking over the momentum for a fast pizzi solo, without slowing down the cascading river, sinewing and moving left and right, while Fujii is building up the tension again, in full force, with a quite interesting orchestrated and unexpected unison core theme, then Black gets his cascading solo moment, after which quietness and sweetness return, the water has reached flatter landscapes, leading to a stunning arco solo by Dresser, which evolves into a slow beautiful repetitive plaintive theme, supported by a fixed rhythm uptempo percussion, Fujii restraining herself with some sparse chordal accentuation. Expressive and impressive.h \ Freejazzblog

 gIf you pay close attention, you will find yourself on a warp-speed ride that traverses the center of the universe and back, all through the portal of a wormhole of swirling sonic majesty.  This one gets our MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, as well as "PICK" of this issue for best jazz improv CD!h \ Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation

gNot only does Fujii go further in her explorations, she also shows a deeper sense of harmony, developed in tandem with her band. Her writing is varied and accentuates her skill as a composer. In the past, Fujii, Black and Dresser have shown that intuition plays a key role in the development of their music and they continue to do so. This is a prime factor and as they formulate themes not only with a logical lucidity but also with exuberance, the music becomes immediate and all-encompassingc This is fine material and exceptional playing, which makes for another triumphant record from the Trio.h \ Jerry DfSouza, All About Jazz

 gThe trio with Dresser and Black uses some of her jazziest writing and playing, full of jumping lines and lyrical passagesch \ Kurt Gottschalk, All About Jazz

gI don't know how Satoko Fujii does it, but she has created yet another indispensable recording. Her singularly energetic and inventive music is a wonder to behold. Trace A River is truly one of 2008's best jazz recordings, and belongs in the collection of all jazz fans who have a serious interest in the future of jazz piano, post-Cecil Taylor.h \ Dave Wayne, Jazzreview.com

g4 out of 4.  Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii has become one of the most notable musicians on the contemporary free jazz scene. cThis is among her best performances.h \ D. Oscar Groomes, Ofs Place Jazz Magazine

Illusion Suite (2004)

Top 10 of 2004, Derek Taylor, One FinalNote.com, Jazzreview.com, Bagatellen.com

Top 10 \ Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

gNew & Noteworthyh \ Sam Prestianni, Jazziz

Recommended new release \ Bruce Gallanter, All About Jazz New York

Recommended new release \ David Adler, All About Jazz New York

gWith Mark Dresser and Jim Black, one long and three short pieces full of texture that escalates into energy.h \ Tom Hull, Village Voice Consumer Guide To Jazz (Honorable Mention)

gAgain, I was totally impressed by the way she establishes her artistic style and the way she lets Mark Dresser and Jim Black express themselves so naturally.  In fact they are just jamming for the most part of the title track.  A great relationship of trust one should envy.h \ Shiro Matsuo, Music Magazine

gOne of the most inventive and exciting trio discs Ifve heard in quite some time.h \ Marc Medwin, Bagatellen.com

gThe Satoko Fujii Triofs ear-challenging Illusion Suite swirls in and out of various moods and textures from the serene to the chaotic. Abstract percussion maestro Jim Black explores every inch of his eccentric collection of drums, cymbals, rattles, and gongs, occasionally offsetting his dense rhythmic excursions with a quirky break-beat or tribal tinged groove.h \ Michael Dawson, Modern Drummer

gThis is truly the result of telepathic communication and impressive self-expressionc the music is filled with thrill and joy of creation.  It is emotional and humorous, which is also pleasing.h \ Hiraku Aoki, Asahi Newspaper

gcone of the most consistently enjoyable groups seeking to redefine the art of the trio.h     \ Jay Collins, OneFinalNote.com

gc Fujiifs approach combines the full-frontal assault of Cecil Taylor and Don Pullen with the melodic grace of Keith Jarrett, but this trio at times plays with the aggression of a heavy metal band without sacrificing subtlety. [Mark] Dresser makes his bass sing, scream, and sigh, and thundering [Jim] Black is a cross between Elvin Jones and the Whofs Keith Moonc fans of gouth jazz should check her out.h  \ Mark Keresman, Primetime

gAs a program of exemplary musicianship and creativity from three masters of on-the-fly improvisation, this session is a stone cold keeper.h – Derek Taylor, Cadence

gI listened to the first 34-minute-long track and noticed that Fujii never releases her control over the music throughout the album even when she lets the other two be spotlighted. An overwhelming trio.h\ CD Journal

gThey have developed their skills to enjoy the moment and they never allow any attempt to try to create an easygoing flowc she is not the one who is expanding the possibility of the piano trio but she is the one who has created the one and only piano trioc she leads two strong individuals called Mark and Jim to her own coherent world with great craft.  She can sometimes emphasize the stimulating and wild side of their performance and at other times the sensitive side of it.  Of course their deep understanding of the music helps but that also comes into effect under her leadership.h
 \ Masahiro Imai, Musen to Jikken

gIllusion Suite (Libra) is the groupfs sixth album and itfs another challenging and rewarding set of edgy, improvised music . . . This is high quality stuff. h \ S.D. Feeney, Face Magazine

gA first-rate recording where the trio work and think as one.h\ Randy McElligott, jazzreview.com

gSatoko Fujiifs vision has come into sharp focus here, on a set of sounds that feels like a nourishment for the soul . . . Her best, a top ten disc of 2004, for sure.h \ Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz 
 gIllusion Suite is a delight, a rarity, a scintillating and deeply felt journey through the imagination and experience of three virtuosi. I cannot recommend this CD enough. Required listening for 21st Century ears.h \ Dave Wayne, Jazz Weekly

gIllusion Suitec advances from languid, impressionistic variations all the way through to sparse, near-atonal patterning and substantial rhythms, plus everything in between.h \ Ken Waxman, All About Jazz

gPianist Satoko Fujii leads with a powerful forces that captivates. Accessible for traditional bebop as well as avant garde listeners, her music stirs the imagination . . . A highly energetic pianist, a rollicking acoustic bassist, and a versatile drummer join forces on Illusion Suite to combine jazzfs tradition with leading-edge ideas.h \ Jim Santella, All About Jazz 

 g... a vast playground of creative music-making styles, performed with clarity, urgency, and vision.h \ John Dworkin, JazzReview.com

Bell the Cat! (2002)

Best of 2002 \ Ken Waxman, Jazz Weekly   

Best Piano Trio CD of 2003 \ Derk Richardson, San Francisco Gate

Top 5 CDs of 2002 Masahiko Yu, CD Journal

#5 in Swing Journal's 2002 Japanese Jazz Awards

gSatoko Fujii is one of the leading improvising pianists to emerge in Japan in recent decadesc Bell the Cat! is the most compelling album by this trio to date.h \ Andy Hamilton, Jazz Review (UK)

gBell the Cat! is an authoritative, dynamic, individual statement.h \ Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe

gCaptivatingly played and consistently exciting, this is a modern jazz piano trio at the height of its powers.h \ Stuart Kremsky, Journal of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors

gPerhaps the thing most apparent about Satoko Fujii is her prolific recording career.  This could have little meaning if it weren't for the skill of her writing and her accomplishments as a musician and a leader, skills amply evident on her recordsc This one extends the parameters as Fujii goes beyond what she has written before and opens up the score for the band to delve into every moment with relish.h \ Jerry D'Souza, Coda

gThis is a beautifully played, sumptuously recorded tour-de-force filled with stunningly mature music making.  Each of the seven pieces here is a fully realized three-way conversation that confounds everyday expectations at the same time that it satisfies even the most demanding artistic sensibilitiesc As we approach the year 2003, this very much seems to encompass the shape of jazz to come.h \ David Prince, CD Now
 gThis is an exceptional disc by a trio at the height of its power.h \ Ken Waxman, JazzWeekly

gI would insist that this is the best documentation of improvised music of the modern era.h \ Kazutomi Aoki, Jazz Life

gFujiifs range is nothing short of astonishing.  She seems equally at home pounding out melodic diatribes like Taylor and nibbling around the edges of high-gloss jazz pianoc Definitely worth hearing.h \ Robert Spencer, Cadence

gSatoko Fujii Trio at its finest!  This is a wonderfully surreal and invigorating collection of original songs by composer-pianist Satoko Fujii. Brilliantch \ Lee Prosser, JazzReview.com

gJapanese jazz pianist Satoko Fujii is another young musician who is carving out her own unique synthesis of jagged dissonance and transcendent melodiousnessc Playful, challenging, virile and surprisingly lyrical for such outside abstractions, this studio session announces a courageous, accomplished new voice in modern jazz.h \ Joseph Blake, Times Columnist (Vancouver, BC)

gThe group has reached such a sophisticated plateauc wise and witty avant-jazz pieces that blend classical elements. 4 out of 4.h \ Thomas Schulte, Outsight, Heard (Australia)

gAvant garde, adventurous, daring, startling, eout there.f All of those and morec an amalgam of jazz, classical, traditional Japanese folk, even some elements of hard-driving rockc Fujiifs compositions are challenging, but they donft eschew melody or delicacy, nor do they shy away from dissonance and explosive clamor, or driving, wall-shaking beat.  A thousand elements of sound interwoven herec Remarkable sounds.h  \ Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

gThe great flexibility that enables the trio to transcend the "cliche" also characterizes this threesome.  The dry beats created by Dresser and Black are interwoven by the subdued lyricism of Satoko Fujii, and their fine balance makes this album impressive.h \ Masami Watanabe, CD Journal

gWithin this trio setting, Satoko Fujii oversees several exercises in advanced collective improvisation that combine established principles of free jazz with an unhurried orientation toward silence that recalls John Cage, if not aspects of Zen contemplationc The result overall is a tranquility achieved through understatement, quite different in character from the furious ecstasies that distinguish the work of Cecil Taylor, to whom Fujii is often compared.h \ Robert L. Doerschuk, All Music Guide

gThe sound is so real that I feel as if I'm witnessing their interplay.  It's indeed the trio that youfll want to see live.  Just the fact that they start with "Silence", a more than 15-minute storm of free improvisation, proves their pride in this trio.h \ Drum Magazine

gAlso on this album she keeps her own stalwart concept by projecting storms of stone-like notes.  Her compositions are attractive, too.h \ Shiro Matsuo, Music Magazine

gI'm quite sure that people who are not necessarily familiar with this kind of music will find the beauty similar to that of some abstract drawings.h \ Katei Gaho

gThey use sharp contrast in volume levels, varied instrumental texture and large doses of creativity to break new ground.h \ D. Oscar Groomes, O's Place Jazz Newsletter

Junction (2001)

Editorfs Choice 2002  \ Cadence

Reviewersf Choices 2002 \ Robert Iannapollo, Cadence

Reviewersf Choices 2002 \ Jim Santella, Cadence

Best Album in 2001 – CD Journal

Top 10 CDs of 2001 \ Laurence Donohue-Greene, All About Jazz New York

gJunctioncfinds the waters stirred, flecked with whitecaps and fascination. Black and Dresser are players of great range – well suited to Fujii, in other words.h \ Bill Bennett, Jazz Times

gJunction is the product of perhaps THE most slamminf, forceful piano trio Ifve ever heard, a jazz corollary/counterpart to one of rockfs most improvisational threesomes, Cream.h \ Mark Keresman, JazzReview.com

"This collection is like the sonic expression of turbid waters that are twisted, distorted and accelerated to scrape the bottom and end of a limpid stream." \ Jazz Today

gIt is her compositional abilities which seem to have gained sharper focus on this side, inasmuch as she manages to balance out her early classical training with some Far Eastern melodic tinges and a sense of rhythmic flexibility that is greatly enhanced by her band mates.h \ Marc Chénard, Coda

gPianist Satoko Fujii is one of the brighter spots in Jazz/improvised music todaycJunction is one of the strongest piano trio albums I have heard in some time, and it is strongly recommended.h \ Robert Iannapollo, Cadence

gMs. Fujiifs music reflects many interests including heavy rock rhythms, Spanish and Flamenco music, eastern European folk music with its odd meters, Buddhist monk vocal music, rhythmic and harmonic obstinate, and a heavy dose of enew musicfc uncompromising creative music.h  \ Rick Helzer, Jazz Improv

gJim (Black) consistently shows invention to complement considerable techniqueche has something to say, and he knows how to say it on drums. Unique voices do rise to the top sometimes.h \ Ted Bonar, Modern Drummer

gSatoko Fujii never fails to surprise her jazz listeners with new techniques and new creations! In the new release, Junction, the jazz listener will find Fujii taking us on another intricate magical mystery tour of new sound explorations that intrigue, delight and surprise.h \ Lee Prosser, JazzReview.com

gc(Junction) features ensemble playing that pushes the trio concept further from its tradition with challenging compositions and interplay. Together with Dresser and Black, Fujiifs musical vision reveals itself.h \ Mark Corroto, All About Jazz
 
 gJunction finds the Paul Bley-meets-Cecil Taylor styled pianist in fine formcthe Boston-educated Fujii goes near the outer limits of jazz but always keeps the journey interesting.h \ S.D. Feeney, FACE

gWhat a Trip! From her title track on down the line, Satoko Fujiifs Junction characterizes jazzfs modern mainstream as swinging, soulful, and teeming with creative ideasc This threesome has the drawing power to mesmerize a broad spectrum, while reminding die-hard fans that a balance of the mainstream and new music is where jazz has got to be.h \ Jim Santella, All About Jazz

gPianist Satoko Fujiifs star has surely been ascending since 1999c It (Junction) packs all the necessary ingredients: creative musicians, strong writing, and a jazz pianist to die for.h \ François Couture, All Music Guide

gLess dissonant than some of her other efforts, this disc should appeal to those with adventurous ears on the edge of jazz.h \ John Barrett, JazzUSA.com

gHere is a trio setting, she once again surprises with tight, hard bop instrumental jazz.h \ Thomas Schulte, Womanrock.com

gcthe pianist digs into the music, power chording in some places and elsewhere creating toy piano and prepared piano sounds. Confident enough after all this time with them (Dresser, Black), she (Fujii) also gives her sidemen enough leeway to do what they do best.h \ Ken Waxman, Jazz Weekly

gHer musicality is multi-faceted and therefore it's impossible to refer to all aspects of the musician Satoko Fujii.  You will understand, however, that she is extraordinarily talented if you listen very closely to her albums, which have been released constantly from different labels.h \ Takao Ogawa, CD Journal

gFujii has been explored different settings and on this album she performs more daringly and sensitively in her original trio with Dresser and Black.h  \ Jazz Life

gOne of the most highly energetic and enjoyable improv trios anywhere on the planet todayc A most highly recommendedc Simply a wonderful album.h \ Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation

Toward, TO WEST (2000)

gThe Year's Best Jazz Top 10h – Nate Chinen, Philadelphia City Paper
gWriters' Choice 2000h – Jerry D'Souza, Coda
gJapan Jazz Award 2000h #1 – Koji Murai, Swing Journal
gJapan Jazz Award 2000h #1 – Fumiaki Fujimoto, Swing Journal
gJapan Jazz Award 2000h #2 – Hiroki Sugita, Swing Journal
gJapan Jazz Award 2000h #2 – Kiyoshi Tsunami, Swing Journal
gJapan Jazz Award 2000h #3 – Kazutomi Aoki, Swing Journal
gJapan Jazz Award 2000h #5 – Yukinori Omura, Swing Journal
gJapan Jazz Award 2000h #5 – Keiichi Konishi, Swing Journal
gJapan Jazz Award 2000h #7 – Eisuke Sato, Swing Journal
 gJapan Jazz Award 2000h #9 – Takafumi Mimori, Swing Journal

g**** 1/2 (4 1/2 stars).  This trio album is a sonic treasure trove, as pianist/composer Fujii is in the company of masters Mark Dresser (bass) and Jim Black (drums)c Most dynamic.h \ Mike Chamberlain, The Hour (Montreal)

gSensitive percussion shimmerings make way for muscular bass and piano, quickly moving into Fujii's high-energy style...the highlight is the storming power jazz of 'The Way to Get There,' by a group you're surprised to recall is only a trio.h \ Andy Hamilton, The Wire

gHer most substantial and musically rewarding small group outing to date...Besides all of the purposeful soloing, sinuous flow and hard-edged musings, Ms. Fujii injects a potpourri of underlying themes and fluctuating cross-currents into her music...and perhaps the best is yet to come, as we watch her star rapidly ascend above the horizon! Highly recommended. ***** (out of 5)h\ Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

gSatoko Fujii is known for her challenging, improvisation orchestra and smaller ensembles that rival the orchestra for the size of their sound. On Toward, TO WEST, Satoko presents a more reflective, tranquil side...this more relaxed material allows the listener to get closer to Fujii than on any previous record.h \ Tom Schulte, Outsight

g[Toward, TO WEST] lifts her onto a creative pinnacle in modern music...The thirty-two minute first track flexes composition with improvisation and hint: it's impossible to tell the two apart. Chalk that up to great trio interplay, sharing, and the openness of Fujii's jazz conception...She is Cecil Taylor, but with the common sense to come in out of the rain, and bring her listeners with her.h\ Mark Corroto, All About Jazz

gHer most integrated effort so far. Fine backing from bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Jim Black gives Fujii a decided boost into the first rank of new creative pianists. Move over Brad Mehldau!h \ S.D. Feeney, Face

gThis performance goes beyond just an ordinary, happy-go-lucky kind of thing. The integrity of the music is defined and maintained through Fujii's outstanding compositional skills and intellectual clarity.h \ Masahiko Yu, CD Journal
 
gSatoko Fujii creates music that swings comfortably while pumping up the adrenaline at the same time...what makes Fujii's music special is the way she wraps up contemporary, world, funk, New Orleans, modern, Latin and fringes into one jazz family. Highly recommended.h \ Jim Santella, All About Jazz

gFujii's music bears the stamp of her uncompromising character and contains a unique, otherworldly element.h \ Koji Murai, CD Journal

gFujii's music is serene, consistent, and full of confidence...she is a uniquely talented pianist.h \ Eisuke Sato, Swing Journal

Kitsune-bi (1999)

 gSatoko Fujii negotiates the path between Cecil Taylor's hyper-kinetic dissonance and more meditative styles of piano players like Randy Weston and Abdullah Ibrahim... Fujii transforms jazz into something architectural, full of designed shapes that jut and jab at the silence of an enclosed space...an intimate album, full of interior explorations and adventures.h \ Michael Kramer, New York Times

gThis fine improvising pianist gets better with every album, and her new Kitsune-bi is no exception.h \ Richard Gehr, Village Voice

gAn ideal introduction to Fujii's music.h \ Stuart Broomer, Coda

gFujii is already a master of dynamic juxtaposition, balancing airy filigrees and suspended notes in the upper register with stormy swirls of bass notes or thunderous dark chords...one of the most exciting young pianists in improvised music.h \ James Hale, Ottawa Citizen

gTerrific! I'm knocked out. I'm sure that listeners will be overwhelmed by the colorful sounds bursting forth on this album.h \ Kotaro Asano, Jazz Life

gFujii exists in an unstructured musical world. She takes freedom as a given with her playing that is alternately robust or contemplative and at all times engrossing...This recording will reward any new music fan who simply listens.h \ Frank Rubolino, Cadence

gFujii manages to juggle the daunting task of juxtaposing traditional Japanese melodies with modern, creative improvisation and she does it all with a warrior-like bravada.h \ Fred Jung, Jazz Weekly

gSatoko Fujii's ingenuity and experimentation in improvisational jazz...again raises eyebrows and sets the standard...h \ Brett Matson, Victory Review

gHere, Fujii's bombastic piano creates environments of which our mothers would not approve...Don't play it before going to bed.h \ Dave McElfresh, JazzNow

g...the music of this Paul Bley disciple is highly charged, wickedly dynamic and virtuosic. Check it out.h
\ Tom Schulte, Outsight

gSatoko Fujii has a fantastic feel for the pacing and drama of headstrong piano jazz...The sound is lovely and wide open.h \ Andrew Bartlett, Amazon.com

g[Fujii's] unique expression proves her sensibility and richness of imagination.h \ Hiraku Aoki, Asahi Newspaper

Looking out of the Window (1997)

g1998 Top 10 Critics' Picksh – R. Dante Sawyer, Jazziz
gWriter's Choice 1998: Top 10 CDsh – James Hale, Coda
gWriter's Choice 1998: Top 10 CDsh – William Minor, Coda

gFujii is an instrumentalist in the joyfully aggressive mode of Cecil Taylor. She can tear even the most deftly packaged melody the way a child tears into a brightly wrapped birthday present: headlong, hungry, unstoppable. Also like Taylor, she requires of her accompanists equal parts sensitivity and adventurousness... Together with the unflappable bassist Mark Dresser and the limber young drummer Jim Black, Fujii has created a musical statement both intense and invigorating.h \ William Stephenson, Jazziz

gSatoko Fujii continues to change and grow - showing a different side of her musical personality on each successive recording. Looking Out of the Window puts her in a traditional trio setting and the results are exhilarating... On '210' Fujii sounds closer to Marilyn Crispell or Cecil Taylor than on any previous recordings, blending two streams of spiraling melody into a torrent of sound. Midway through the piece, Fujii and Black take to another level, communicating in rapid bursts of musical semaphore.h \ James Hale, Ottawa Citizen

gBrilliant work again by Fujiih \ Chris Lunn, Victory Review

gThis favorite piano improviser really takes off on this trio outing. From the outset, this is crystal clear improvisation... Fujii makes music that even a jazz trad freak will fall in love with immediately...an instant hit. Most highly recommended. Great music!h \ Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation

gThe newest pair of recording from Satoko Fujii showcase the exciting young pianist and her original compositions in both trio and orchestral formats. Looking Out of the Window features Mark Dresser on bass and Jim Black on drums, who share equally in the construction of episodic pieces that stretch and surprise, opening themselves up to extended exhibitions of lush arco bass and sensitive piano interludes that expose the participants classical leanings. If you like your piano of the percussive side a la Cecil and Pullen, there's plenty of that, too.h \ Pete Gershon, Soundboard

gHer piano playing breaks the formula, providing an extended free improvisation with two other players who are tenacious. Her music never gets stiff. She uses and fills space effectively. The sound color of her music is in contrast to her teacher, Paul Bley, but her sense of musical structure is similar to his...We'd like to hear more of her trio playing.h\ Yukinori Omura, Swing Journal

gFujii is in the sphere of players (Myra Melford and Geri Allen come to mind) who can completely take over a set with their sheer energy and creativity. To her credit, she has enlisted two extremely able artists in Dresser and Black who are capable of carrying a session with their own dynamism. Fujii's style is a rare blend of free playing coupled with a melodiousness that holds the pieces together while she systematically takes them apart. Her patterns ebb and flow in intelligent phrases that have a substance while still being tonal. Fujii displays power and sensitivity, while Dresser and Black fit like a glove with the fast-paced program...quite rewarding.h \ Frank Rubolino, Cadence

gAn album to remember! Fujii has a clear touch at the piano that transmits her intentions to the audience...her playing reveals her own ideas without any affected manners.h \ Yukihiko Sugie, Jazz Life

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