Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Satoko Fujii Orchestra: Natsat MTCJ-3032/satoko Fujii Orchestra: Libra 215-015/215-016/satoko Fujii Orchestra: Crab Apple 002/satoko Fujii Orchestra: Bakamo BKM-005/satoko Fujii Orchestra: Bakamo BKM-005

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Satoko Fujii Orchestra: Natsat MTCJ-3032/satoko Fujii Orchestra: Libra 215-015/215-016/satoko Fujii Orchestra: Crab Apple 002/satoko Fujii Orchestra: Bakamo BKM-005/satoko Fujii Orchestra: Bakamo BKM-005

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Satoko Fujii Orchestra

Natsat MTCJ-3032

Natsuki Tamura, Herb Robertson, Steven Bernstein, Dave Ballou (t) Curtis Hasselbring, Joey Sellers, Joe Fiedler (tb) Oscar Noriega, Briggan Krauss (as) Ellery Eskelin, Tony Malaby (ts) Andy Laster (bars) Satoko Fujii (p) Stomu Takeishi (b) Aaron Alexander (d); Recorded Brooklyn, New York City, September 7, 2005.

Metal/ Water/ Wood/ The Moon/ The Sun/ Undulation/ Fire/ The Earth; 62:03.

Satoko Fujii Orchestra

Libra 215-015/215-016

Natsuki Tamura, Takao Watanabe, Yoshihito Fukumoto, Yusaku Shirotani (t) Haguregumo Nagamatsu, Tetsuya Higashi, Yasuyuki Takahashi (tb) Sachi Hayasaka (ss, as) Kunihiro Izumi (as) Kenichi Matsumoto, Masaya Kimura (ts) Ryuichi Yoshida (bars) Satoko Fujii (p) Toshiki Nagata (b) Akira Horikoshi (d); Tokyo, Japan, June 21, 2005

CD: Scramble/ Water/ An Unpaved Road/ A Brick House/ A Submarine Volcano/ Fue Taiko/ Bennie's Waltz; 72:37. DVD: Complete concert.

Satoko Fujii Orchestra

Crab Apple 002

Natsuki Tamura, Jo Funato, Tadahiro Fusahara, Arata Hiraoka (t) Tomomi Taniguchi, Tommy (tb) Tatsuki Yoshino (tba) Kou Iwata, Yasuhisa Mizutani (as) Eiichiro Arasaki, Tsutomu Takei (ts) Keizo Nobori (bars) Satoko Fujii (p) Hiroshi Funato (b) Yoshikazu Isaki (d); Kobe, Japan, March 1, 2006

Fire/ Tobifudo/ The Future of the Past/ Kobe Yee!!/ Shikaku/ Sola; 68:59.

Satoko Fujii Orchestra

Bakamo BKM-005

Natsuki Tamura, Tsutomu Watanabe, Takahiro Tsujita, Misaki Ishiwata (t) Tomoyuki Mihara (tb) Toshnori Terukina (tb, euph) Tatsuki Yoshino (tba) Shingo Takeda, Ashiko Yoshimaru (as) Yoshiyuki Hirao, Yoshihiro Hanawa (ts) Daion Kobayashi (bars) Yasuhiro Usui (g) Shigeru Suzuki (b) Hisamine Kondo (d); Nagoya, Japan, March 7, 2006.

Slip-on/ Pakonya/ Maru/ Yattoko mittoko/ Bennie's Waltz/ Sakuradori sen; 68:32.

Satoko Fujii Orchestra

Bakamo BKM-005

Natsuki Tamura, Tsutomu Watanabe, Takahiro Tsujita, Misaki Ishiwata (t) Tomoyuki Mihara (tb) Toshnori Terukina (tb, euph) Tatsuki Yoshino (tba) Shingo Takeda, Ashiko Yoshimaru (as) Yoshiyuki Hirao, Yoshihiro Hanawa (ts) Daion Kobayashi (bars) Yasuhiro Usui (g) Shigeru Suzuki (b) Hisamine Kondo (d); Nagoya, Japan, March 7, 2006

Slip-on/ Pakonya/ Maru/ Yattoko mittoko/ Bennie's Waltz/ Sakuradori sen; 68:32

Moving along to large ensembles, four separate orchestra albums share a single release date, each with a group from a different city. The Satoko Fujii Orchestra NY is a long-running affair, convened whenever the pianist/composer passes through town. For Undulation, she relied on her ultimate knowledge of the individuals as soloists, and so composed a group of songs designed as features for each of the players. "Metal" plunges right into it, with a brawny solo by tenorist Ellery Eskelin, one of the many bandleaders who works in the Fujii Orchestra. The gathering of New York's left-of-center luminaries is an absolute gas. The ensemble is used mostly here as punctuation, a musical weight to anchor, cushion or counterbalance the soloists, depending on the needs of the piece. Each track is reserved for two soloists, with the orchestra as a whole sharing the title track with Fujii's piano. The composer's themes for this outing are mightily broad. Seven of her charts, with names like "Water," "The Sun," and "The Earth," are inspired by the Japanese names for the days of the week, and are joined by the exuberant "Undulation," where the sound waves of the orchestra and Fujii's piano ebb and flow. …

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