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Fujii, Satoko: Sketches

" I had been thinking about recording solo again for a long time. I wanted to discover what I am hearing in a very direct way.Sometimes improvisation is pretty much like looking at myself in the mirror. Improvisation mirrors myself most clearly somehow, and I really wanted to see myself with greater clarity " - Satoko Fujii

As you've probably already surmised from the above quote , Sketches is a solo effort by Japanese pianist extraordinaire Satoko Fujii . The record is completely improvised and showcases her exceptional compositional skills. Ms Fujii is across the board on this release. Darker,more delicate, introspective numbers( Seventh Moon , Watershed ) share the bill with more raucous tempestuous tracks ( Frozen Fire, Looking Back )and soulful melodies ( Clay Pot ). Throughout, Satoko Fujii puts on display her talents ;both for cohesive lyrical lines and discordant, agressive musical jabs.

The qualifier "genius" gets over used in the world of music, but I feel it is an appropriate adjective to describe Satoko Fujii . She has demonstrated an innate sense of form and feel through her various projects , which elevates her above most of her contemporaries. Although this disc may seem like a daunting challenge for the unitiated, fans of her inimitable style will be rejoiced with this raw slice of highly inspired playing.

Track Listing :

  1. Seventh Moon ( 5:37)
  2. Frozen Fire ( 4:46)
  3. Watershed (4:13)
  4. Tree Rings (6:27)
  5. Tin Can Cat(2:19)
  6. Clay Pot(6:02)
  7. Your Deepening Shadow(6:12)
  8. Dazzling Sunlight(7:37)
  9. Looking Back(6:42)
  10. Looking Everywhere(4:13)
  11. Look Up(7:07)

Added: August 21st 2004
Reviewer: Yves Dubé
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