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Illusion Suite by Satoko Fujii Trio

Satoko Fujii's never ending quest for musical exploration is evident throughout Illusion Suite. A tour de force of considerable depth. Dresser and Black are the web which Fujii uses to create her masterful strokes of genius. Recorded in 2002, The Satoko Fujii Trio assembled to record four tracks. Each one of them different and each one of the rewarding on their own terms.

Illusion Suite, a thirty minute plus opus has it all. Dissonant chords bounce off Dresser's ever pulsating string attacks. A battle ensues. Fujii and Dresser create an unbearable tension that eventually explodes into a swinging jaunt that Black contributes to with powerful execution. The trio, playing as one, are in a cerebral zone of conflict and joy. A paradigm develops whereby the structure breaks and reforms. Opposite ends gather and then separate. Blacks drumming is focused and timely.

Fujii's delicate plucking marks the subtle intro to Flying To The South. Running up and down the scale like a child on a slide, everything eventually comes together when Dresser's hesitant bass enters the fray. Black's intermittent drumming signals possibilities not yet realized. A melodic structure develops. Exploring various schemes in and out of the structure, eventually ending in a satisfying catharsis.

Some of Fujii's finest recordings were made with Black and Dresser. Illusion is no exception. This is a first rate recording where the trio work and think as one. The ideas and telepathic waves that permeate exist in their own time and space. Recommended to anyone willing to explore possibilities, whatever they may be.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Satoko Fujii Trio
  • CD Title: Illusion Suite
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Libra
  • Tracks: Illusion Suite, An Irregular Course, Flying To The South, An Insane Scheme
  • Musicians: Satoko Fujii (piano), Mark Dresser (bass), Jim Black (drums)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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