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Ichigo Ichie (2015)

 “…she is the Ellington of free jazz…mesmerizing music, this is a beaut.” – Bob Rusch, Cadence Magazine

“4 stars…This is edge-of-the-seat music hat has a palpable central line of energy flowing through it… frequently astonishing in its impact...” – Budd Kopman, All About Jazz

“4-stars. Ichigo Ichie… swells in oceanic crests from which its musicians soar wildly.  The four-part title suite repeatedly builds to thrilling, noisy, near-hysterical climaxes, finally yielding to “ABCD,” a 14-minute panorama of Charybdis churn and minimalist miniatures that leave you dazed, possibly confused, and definitely wonderstruck.”
– Derk Richardson, The Absolute Sound

“4-stars.” – Jazz Magazine (France)

“The Bad Plus may get all of the attention, but the Japanese husband and wife team of Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura are equally capable of bulldozing over the senses and expectations of the modern jazz audience – maybe even moreso… They create jazz music, distilled down to the most artistic elements, and present it in a way that can’t be called inaccessible. You have to work to get it, but it’s very much worth the effort as it always has been.” – John Garratt, Pop Matters

“Pianist/composer/bandleader Satoko Fujii is a true citizen of the world…One would be tempted to call her the hardest working person in show business but there’s nothing show biz about her.  She’s a creative musician working at the peak of her powers… there is plenty to recommend this recording…” – Robert Ianapollo, The New York City Jazz Record

“It’s great to hear a big band exploited for more than its potential mass and volume…mercurial and compulsively listenable performances…. demonstrate Satoko Fujii’s brilliance.” – Tim Owen, Dalston Sound

“In practice, big band jazz is often carried out using the conventions of the 30s and 40s, but the idea of big band jazz should mean endless possibilities. These days, there isn’t anyone who is exploiting these possibilities [of a big band] more aggressively than Satoko Fujii. With a fresh set of musicians to carry them out, Ichigo Ichie is an exciting new chapter in the orchestral part of her oeuvre.” – S. Victor Aaron, Something Else!

“…an immensely impressive endeavor on various levels.” – Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

“Japanese pianist/composer Satoko Fujii, and her collaborators… live on the frontiers of jazz and the frontiers of sound.” – Andrew Hamlin, Northwest Asian Weekly

“Iconic, visceral, always exciting. Satoko Fujii is not simply one of the most prolific performing and recording artists today, she is also bold…she does for the piano what Anthony Braxton does for woodwinds. She is also a composer, and even greater performer, of great repute, just as Mr. Braxton is and like him also her music gleams with unsettling beauty… Ms. Fujii leads a brilliantly rehearsed orchestra into music that is edges with a silver glow and penetrating urgency to every line in close alliance with her own aristocratic fervour and thoughtful pianism.” – Raul da Gama, JazzdaGama

 “4-stars.  If there is any doubt that a Satoko Fujii orchestra is an ensemble of a different color, one simply needs to look at the personnel that have played a part in her New York, Chicago and several Japan based versions… the results here are as stellar and unusual as has long been indicated through the prolific body of her work.” – Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz

 “Fujii conducts with a theatrical sense of cadence and timing… Her deft leadership and captivating composition not only do not sacrifice the spontaneity of the individual band members but allow it to evolve and blossom.”  – Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz

 “Satoko Fujii is a brilliant and inspiring jazz genius. There is just no other way to say it…. Her compositions are demanding for the performers and enlightening to the hearers. She knows how to generate and control creative tensions. The results are unimaginable. This album, “Ichigo Ichie” is the result.” – Travis Rogers Jr., The Jazz Owl

“Big band that goes places you’d never expect, Fujii has just embarked on yet another wild ride.” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“4 stars…Here music juxtaposes poetry…Fujii herself floats over her keyboards combining the music of Cecil Taylor and Paul Bley, by exercising both the inside and outside of the instrument.” – Mark Corroto, All About Jazz

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