Album Review

Fujii, Satoko Orchestra Kobe – “Kobe Yee !! ” – [Crab Apple]

Jawbone   5/2/2007   CD, Jazz

Holy high rollers, Batman, its Satoko Fujii Orchestra Kobe!! Like a high school marching band gone insane on spiked kool-aid. Like a beret wearing, pipe smoking Godzilla, with shades (of course) and a big bongo, this is dark brooding heavy hip Japanese big band. Like crazy, man!

Satoko Fujii and her cast of crazy cats come off like a hipper, more energetic, more creative, whacked out Carla Bley Big Band. This is film noir detective flick Batman cartoon music that rocks heavily (in a figurative sense, of course) and swings wildly. There???s plenty here for everyone, from free jazz aficionados (#3 & 5) to those who think jazz is pooh (I know you???re out there) (#1 & 2) and all those in between.

This is fun stuff! I would love to party with these people! I know someone would be wearing a lampshade by night???s end (and it just might be me).


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