Pianist/composer Satoko Fujii’s determination to create is astonishing and wide-ranging — her 100 albums as leader prove it.
Solo performance is still a way ahead for jazz pianists, judging from four CDs released in 2021.
A couple of adventurous pianists decided, as their latest solo releases confirm, to use forced isolation as a spur to inspiration.
There’s no doubt that the Japan-born composer/pianist/bandleader Satoro Fujii is one of the most prolific recording artists of her time.
Satoko Fujii and Ramon Lopez are clear-eyed adventurers; this is free jazz that shimmers with inquisitive transparency.
From intense solo recitals to big band rumbles, Satoko Fujii can not only be counted on for exploratory zeal — she also has the chops to pull off whatever she attempts.
These trio of releases from pianist Satoko Fujii are exciting snapshots of a jazz daredevil in action.
Satoko Fujii’s quartet could go from 0 to 100 at the drop of a hat, but only once in a while, and nearly always at the perfect time.