the Satoko Fujii Orchestra “Maru” [Bakamo Records]
They’re good, really good! I get the impression all members are superlative instrumentalists possessing perfect control of fatness and squeal. What makes this stand out from recent big band additions? An undercurrent of funk, and a reliance on rhythms. Some standouts:
Track 1, Slip-on: It’s funky!
Track 3, Maru: A jangly electric guitar slashes its way through very martial rhythms & riffs.
Track 5, Bennie’s waltz: Japan-Sicily foreign exchange program!
Track 6, Sakuradori sen: totally tubalar intro (somebody light the Richoux-symbol!), a nearly epic trumpet/tenor duet, a drum solo fit for Max Level, and a collapsing wrap-up.
-Cujo, KFJC, January 2007
sailordave posted this review on 03/09/07:
This is an upbeat hip fun to play fun to listen 6 song CD that I suggest everyone take a listen to. Track 3- MARU is catchy and has an awesome quick beat and tempo. SLIP ON is perhaps my favorite. All are worthy as I see all 6 tunes have been played on various shows. Some thing here for all to enjoy
you heard it 30 times on kfjc! most recently:
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