Toh-Kichi

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
Let's just say that at the end of this unlikely meeting between pianist Satoko Fujii and drummer Tatsuya Yoshida of the group Ruins at the 2002 Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, fans of the latter were very happy, fans of the former very puzzled. A few months earlier Fujii had introduced her new quartet, which featured Yoshida along with her husband, Natsuki Tamura, on trumpet and bassist Takeharu Hayakawa, but the group's debut album, Vulcan, as excellent as it is, doesn't prepare for the onslaught of Toh-Kichi. For this duo date -- a first -- pianist and drummer devised a set of compositions new and old and improvisations that takes the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
Let's just say that at the end of this unlikely meeting between pianist Satoko Fujii and drummer Tatsuya Yoshida of the group Ruins at the 2002 Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, fans of the latter were very happy, fans of the former very puzzled. A few months earlier Fujii had introduced her new quartet, which featured Yoshida along with her husband, Natsuki Tamura, on trumpet and bassist Takeharu Hayakawa, but the group's debut album, Vulcan, as excellent as it is, doesn't prepare for the onslaught of Toh-Kichi. For this duo date -- a first -- pianist and drummer devised a set of compositions new and old and improvisations that takes the form of a classic Ruins concert: fast-paced, hyperactive, at times downright ludicrous. Case in point: The zipper fly solo in "Arabiondo," stupid and unashamed in a very entertaining way. Hearing the delicate and frail-looking Fujii vocalize with Yoshida in his invented language is a stunning and one must admit, convincing experience. The co-written pieces would fit snugly in a Ruins set list any day with a special mention going to "Boragh Boragh", but slipped into, say, one of Fujii's solo performances, would make no sense at all. Fujii comes through as a force to be reckoned with, her playing ferocious and heavy -- let's hope she gets more invitations from the rock realm. Tracks segue in pure Ruins fashion, the album providing a non-stop roller-coaster ride that leaves the listener exhausted after its 48 minutes. Fans of the pianist's trio recordings may find this album hard to swallow. That's why it gets a lower star ranking; please understand that doing so takes nothing away from Fujii's stellar playing or from the exciting exuberance of this session.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2002
  • Label: Victo
  • UPC: 777405008329
  • Catalog Number: 83

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 LH Fast (6:08)
  2. 2 Hanko (5:51)
  3. 3 Ame No Hi (3:02)
  4. 4 Omjhonz (5:51)
  5. 5 Hiru Gohan (2:41)
  6. 6 Kiretsu (4:47)
  7. 7 Arabiondo (5:38)
  8. 8 Boragh Boragh (2:48)
  9. 9 Tllop Mettceb (11:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Satoko Fujii Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Voices
Tatsuya Yoshida Drums, Vocals, Voices, electronics, Gravure
Technical Credits
François Bienvenue Graphic Design, Montage
Michel Levasseur Producer, Executive Producer
Tatsuya Yoshida Digital Editing, Mastering, Montage
Joanne Vézina Producer, Executive Producer
Hélène Prévost Producer
François Légaré Engineer, Sound Recording
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