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SATOKO FUJII/TATSUYA YOSHIDA DUO : TOH-KICHI

Toh-Kichi (2002)

Top 10 CDs of 2003 \ Mike Chamberlain, Coda

gRelentlessly inventive, energetic and definitely recommended.h \ Eric Hill, Exclaim!

gThe nine distinct pieces performed in concert at Victoriaville evolve in a purposeful flow as the duo segue from one piece into the next with no letup in the creative processcFujiifs percussive approach to piano makes her the perfect foil for Yoshidac If you relish the prospect of an intense duo dialogue engaged with the sound of surprise, this concert performance is well worth checking out.h \ David Lewis, Cadence

gFujii is adept at composing long and intricate melodies but she sometimes does things totally in abandon, which is the essential character of her jazz.  And this essence is matched with Tatsuya Yoshidafs rare talent to put out whatever they have in a condensed time.  They sound as if they are trying to stir oil into water, knowing that they wonft blend together perfectly.h \ Yoshiyuki Kitazato, Ombasha

gChanging its expressions delicately, Yoshidafs drumming at times follows Fujiifs emotional piano performances without losing its own center and then confronts them.  And the beauty that the resulted sonic space shows is almost mysterious.h \ Satoshi Kojima, Strange Days

gJapanese pianist Satoko Fujii collects more than her share of Cecil Taylor comparisons.  While deserved to some extent, they do not tell the whole storyc  She does erupt with forceful, Taylor-like gestures here and there, but they are framed largely by closely hewn, hard-charging interaction between the pianist and the drummerc Fujii's dark, majestic melodies on Toh-Kichi are found among bright, stabbing chords and aggressive rhythms, which give her a sound not unlike Jason Moran's.h \ Aaron Steinberg, JazzTimes

gPianist Satoko Fujii has impressively refined a New England Conservatory nurtured, polystylistic perspective, amassing a substantial discography since the mid-90sc on Toh-Kichi, a duet with Ruins drummer Tatsuya Yoshida recorded at the 2002 Victo festivalcthe result is more like an action painting.h \ Bill Shoemaker, The Wire

gStormier and wilder than Minerva is Toh-Kichi, Fujii's duet with Yoshida from last year's Victoriaville Festival.  These two seemingly disparate musicians seem to have formed a comfortable musical bond.  Their communication on Toh-Kichi is even more in tunec Although composition based the performance flows like a good free setch \ Robert Iannapollo, Signal To Noise

gThe music that comes out of the space between rock and contemporary classical music.h \ Masayuki Baba, Musee

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