Natsuki Tamura – trumpet | Satoko Fujii – piano
Recorded on July 2, 2008 by Joe Marciano assisted by Max Ross at Systems Two, NY. Mastered on July 7, 2008 by Randy Merrill at Scott Hull Mastering, NY. Executive producer: Natsuki Tamura. Artwork: Ichiji Tamura. Design: Masako Tanaka. Photo: Peter Gannushkin / downtownmusic.net
Tracklist: 1. Tokyo Rush Hour [3:20] 2. Nudibranch [5:28] 3. Infrared [2:18] 4. Chun [2:50] 5. Stone Flowers [5:41] 6. Curt Response [4:53] 7. Ultraviolet [2:33] 8. Spiral Staircase [5:16] 9. Triangle [21:41]
I don’t like boiled eggs, but I like them scrambled.
I don’t like cheese, but I like pizza.
I hate practicing, but I love to perform live.
Yet for the past few years, Satoko Fujii has been writing works that force me to practice a lot. They are full of odd time signatures that change every measure or two.
Her sounds leap about dramatically.
She will utter casual requests — “play it as a slur” – that make a trumpeter’s life miserable.
No matter how many live gigs I play, every one is a thrill.
But I have never once played these tunes flawlessly (sorry).
Perhaps that adds a bit of a thrill for the audience too?
I hope you’ll come to one of our live performances and see for yourself.
Honorable Mention ― Jazz Consumer Guide, The Village Voice
Best CD of the Year – Wayne Zade, Jazz Tokyo
2008 Top 10 ― Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz
Must Have for 2008 ― Vallejonocturno
List of Excellent New Music – Free Jazz (Japan)
Must Have ― Stef, Free Jazz
“**** Fujii’s orchestral technique, clear chromatic lines and “prepared piano” devices contrast effectively with Tamura’s arsenal of extended techniques which he executes with a warm, vocalized tone throughout the trumpet’s full range. ― Ted Panken, DownBeat
Husband and wife duets, his trumpet warm and supportive, her piano stark and brash. ― Tom Hull, The Village Voice
Chun features the husband and wife in a program composed by Fujii that allows them to interact and let loose.― Richard Kamins, Hartford Courant
The music of Chun is adventurous, rigorous, and thoroughly engrossing. It’s another irresistible outing by Fujii and Tamura.” – Stuart Kremsky, The IAJRC Journal
Trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and pianist Satoko Fujii work in a variety of ensemble configurations, but their duet discs are particularly enriching listening experiences. ― Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz
Another brilliant document in the growing discography of one of today’s most important composers, Chun is a stellar document by two musicians whose sensitive interplay knows no bounds. — Troy Collins, All About Jazz
What sets this apart from a lot of modern ‘energy music’ is the obvious fact that Tamura and Fujii are also engaged in an exercise in very deep listening. Musical thoughts come together as they construct a pulsing wall of sound, then attempt to smash it to bits. — Mark Saleski, Jazz.com
When Satoko holds the pedal down, we hear layers of shimmering chords and feel like we are at the bottom of the ocean. On ‘Infrared,’ the duo swirls quick lines of notes around one another mischievously. There is a consistent connection of spirits here as both musicians work perfectly together… Chun is yet another gem from the wonderful Fujii/Tamura team. — Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
In which Fujii gets in touch with her Yoko Ono side and expresses herself through her long running improv duo finding her piano working out against a trumpet as the two play, push, cajole and lock horns throughout. ― Chris Spector, Midwest Record
Perhaps because they’re involved in so many other projects, when they come back to the duo, it still sounds fresh and inventive… There’s a lot of textural variety in these tracks as well… an almost telepathic communication between these two when they are in a duet situation. ― Robert Iannapollo, All About Jazz
Fujii’s music is a delicious mix of opposites: melody and pure sounds, intense energy and calm introspection, audible flowing structure and freedom, to name a few. There is joy, fearlessness and not a little humor in her performances, allowing them to be approached from any number of angles; she pours herself completely into every note… Chun opens up another viewpoint into the highly creative world of Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura. — Budd Kopman, All About Jazz
Fujii is as creative as ever with her compositions. The dynamics and pace hit extremes and the melodies are very challenging. — D. Oscar Groomes, O’s Place
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