Friday, July 11, 2014

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York, Shiki

Satoko Fujii's large ensemble music is one-of-a-kind. She doesn't copy others and she doesn't repeat herself. So her new recording of the Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York, Shiki (Libra 215-036), is something of an event.

It's a very hot band with all kinds of NY cats of note (or notes) in it. I won't list them here--too many. There are those with some heavy solo clout and of course there is a well developed compositional element. Satoko gives us two numbers and her running partner Natsuki Tamura gives us one.

The main event is the 36-minute title cut, which has a minor dirge-like feel.

It's not minor in importance, though. For avant big-band this is an outfit on the cutting edge. Well worth hearing!

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