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Satoko Fujii Trio: Trace a River

Pianist Satoko Fujii celebrated her 50th birthday by issuing three CDs on the same day: one by her New York-based trio, one by her trio Junk Box, and one by Gato Libre, a quartet led by her husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura.

Fortunate for us that Fujii is so prolific (at least 30 albums under her own name this decade). Some of us can’t get enough of her. She has become a force to be reckoned with over the years, blending a classicist’s thought process with a free-jazzer’s spontaneity. Unlike some improvisers, she is at her most creative when she is explosive. And she explodes a lot.

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