Title:             What Is...?

 By:                Wandering The Sound Quintet

​ Released:     2021

 Format:        CD

 Catalog No:  MW 1017-2

 EAN:             5906395187775

 Price:            12 EUR

What Is...? by Wandering The Sound Quintet album cover

Tracklist:

 

1. ...Sound 44:08
2. ...Wind 11:54
3. ...Mind 8:28

Line-up:

Satoko Fujii – piano
Guillermo Gregorio – clarinet
Natsuki Tamura – trumpet
Rafal Mazur – acoustic bass guitar
Ramon Lopez – drums

Recorded:

at Alchemia club during the Krakow Jazz Autumn Festival 2019. The quintet perform[ed] a comprovisation (composition for improvisers) by Rafał Mazur based on a poem by Ikkyu Sojun, a Zen master from the 15th century.

 

What the critics say:
The joint project of Argentinian clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Guillermo Gregorio, Spanish drummer and composer Ramón López and Polish bassist Rafał Mazur resulted in the album Wandering The Sound in 2018. The LP, released by Fundacja Słuchaj!, was recorded in the B&B Records studio in Niepołomice. Piotr Wojdat writes about the album on the Jazzarium website: "Wandering The Sound will surely disappoint those who want to hear motifs, melodies or artistic stylizations tailored to their needs. Rafał Mazur on acoustic bass guitar, Guillermo Gregorio on clarinet and Ramon Lopez on drums take us into the unknown and do they do not pretend otherwise. They improvise, interact, but do not plan their next steps. They listen to each other and wander through sounds together, get to know them in a spontaneous creative act and bring the listener closer to what's playing in their souls." Considering that the album was a record of the first meeting of these three brilliant improvisers, it will probably not be that difficult for them to expand their line-up with new bold personalities. On stage at Alchemia they will be joined by the extraordinary Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura.

Satoko Fujii is one of the most renowned and recognized figures in contemporary jazz. She graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and the New England Conservatory of Music. Fujii leads many ensembles in Japan, Europe and the United States. Her collaborators include Tatsuya Yoshida, Joe Fonda, Carla Kihlstedt, Myra Melford, Christian Pruvost and Peter Orins. Together with her husband, Natsuki Tamura, she has recorded a series of duets. The two also collaborated on numerous other projects, including big bands and orchestras. Tamura was probably best summed up by François Couture at Allmusic: "Now we can officially say there are two Natsuki Tamuras: The one playing angular jazz-rock or ferocious free improv and the one writing simple melodies of stunning beauty. How the two of them live in the same body and breathe through the same trumpet might remain a mystery.

(republicofjazz.blogspot)

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Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura

Mantle (art cover)

Natsuki Tamura, Satoko Fujii, Ramon Lopez

Time Stands Still (cover art)

Satoko Fujii Ma-Do

Desert Ship (art cover)

Satoko Fujii Ma-Do

Heat Wave (art cover)

Satoko Fujii Ma Do

In Krakow, In November (art cover)

Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura