Kitsune-Bi

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All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
Pianist Satoko Fujii leads a beautiful date featuring solo pieces, duets with soprano saxophonist Sachi Hayasaka, and trio numbers with eminent bassist Mark Dresser and ingenious percussionist Jim Black. Kitsune-Bi sounds great the first time through, and becomes more wildly impressive with each listen, revealing multi-layered depths. The pieces are all originals except Jimmy Giuffre's "Moonlight". The album opens with "Hizumi," a trio tune that begins with the musicians feeling each other out. They gel within the first minute, and Dresser soon starts performing double duty, moving around rhythmically with Black while simultaneously interacting with Fujii. The clincher is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
Pianist Satoko Fujii leads a beautiful date featuring solo pieces, duets with soprano saxophonist Sachi Hayasaka, and trio numbers with eminent bassist Mark Dresser and ingenious percussionist Jim Black. Kitsune-Bi sounds great the first time through, and becomes more wildly impressive with each listen, revealing multi-layered depths. The pieces are all originals except Jimmy Giuffre's "Moonlight". The album opens with "Hizumi," a trio tune that begins with the musicians feeling each other out. They gel within the first minute, and Dresser soon starts performing double duty, moving around rhythmically with Black while simultaneously interacting with Fujii. The clincher is Dresser's ability to mimic all the sounds of the piano theme; it's mind-boggling that he can create these sounds with a bass. "Sound of Stone" is a solo piano piece that Fujii opens by musically chalking out the boundaries. A dark chord signals the end of the sketching, and she proceeds to fill the piece with dramatic runs and stalls, momentous build-up and thinning-out contrasts, and clusters that move up the scale followed by single notes that tinkle back down. This excellent melodic piece showcases her ability without turning into a show of empty virtuosity. "Zauzy" is a duet between piano and soprano saxophone; Fujii and Hayasaka play foil to each other, giving the impression of notes flying from a large, spinning music wheel. About 18 minutes into the trio piece "Past of Life," the group recalls the groove and interaction of Tim Berne's Bloodcount. Altogether, Kitsune-Bi is a stunning album filled with amazing interplay and stellar compositions. The astonishing skill and distinctive style on display here is somewhat surprising, considering that this is only Satoko Fujii's second U.S. release. Kitsune-Bi is an achievement of constantly flowing brilliance and creativity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/16/1999
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397722021
  • Catalog Number: 7220
  • Sales rank: 113,261

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hizumi (6:26)
  2. 2 Sound Of Stone (4:56)
  3. 3 Zauzy (2:08)
  4. 4 Past Life (6:34)
  5. 5 Bal-lad (3:02)
  6. 6 Drops (7:09)
  7. 7 Moonlight/Sola (9:00)
  8. 8 Kitsune-Bi (8:10)
  9. 9 This Is The Thing That I Have Forgotten (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Satoko Fujii Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano
Mark Dresser Bass
Jim Black Drums
Sachi Hayasaka Saxophone
Technical Credits
Michael Marciano Engineer
Allan Tucker Mastering
John Zorn Executive Producer
Sachi Hayasaka Contributor
Ichiji Tamura Paintings
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Satoko Fuji Excellent and Underrated

    I have been listening to all types of music and jazz for over 35 years. Satoko Fuji is a real treat. She is definitely an underated jazz musician on the scene today.

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