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Satoko Fujii To Release 12 New Albums in 2018

Jazzed Magazine • News • December 13, 2017

To celebrate her 60th birthday, pianist-composer Satoko Fujii will release one new CD every month for all of 2018.

“I probably should think and notice that I am not young anymore,” she says, “but I just keep doing what I want to do.”

The celebration kicks off in January with Satoko Fujii: Solo (Libra), a live recording from Yume Mikan Hall in Yawatahama, Japan. At this concert, Fujii performed without a set list, improvising and playing compositions as she felt suitable.

In February, Atody Man(Circum Libra), the fourth release from KAZE, the collaborative group with trumpeters Natsuki Tamura and Christian Pruvost and drummer Peter Orins, will feature more improvising from the international quartet. March will see the release of Ninety-Nine Years (Libra), the latest from Orchestra Berlin. 

In addition, the dozen new releases will include the recording debuts of a new piano-bass-drums trio and This Is It!, a trio featuring Fujii with Natsuki Tamura on trumpet and Takashi Itani on percussion. Also slated is Intelsat, a duet with Australian pianist Alister Spence and May (Long Song Records), which showcases a one-time trio with Italian soprano saxophonist Gianni Mimmo and American bassist Joe Fonda, with whom Fujii released a critically acclaimed duo album in 2016.

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