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"Ninety-Nine Years" is the title track from Satoko Fujii's new album "Ninety-Nine Years," out March 23, 2018 on Libra Records. The album features Fujii's Orchestra Berlin, and premieres her first compositions written expressly for the orchestra. The ten-piece ensemble responds with a full-throated, buoyant performance that makes the album one of the most exciting in her large catalog of big band releases. "Ninety-Nine Years, a dedication to Fujii's late mother-in-law, opens with a solo by bassist Jan Roder. Drummers Peter Orins and Michael Griener and baritone saxophonist Paulina Owczarek enter one by one. Then, saxophonist Gebhard Ullmann powers up, launching long flexing lines that erupt into contoured waves of pure sound. Fujii cues in an affecting, melancholy melody from the ensemble, contrasting sorrow and compassion with Ullmann's unquenchable vitality.
Unexpected Incident; Ninety-Nine Years; On the Way; Oops; Follow the Idea.
Matthias Schubert: tenor saxophone; Gebhard Ullmann: tenor saxophone; Paulina Owczarek: baritone saxophone; Natsuki Tamura: trumpet; Richard Koch: trumpet; Lina Allemano: trumpet; Matthias Müller: trombone; Kazuhisa Uchihashi: guitar; Satoko Fujii: piano; Jan Roder: bass; Michael Griener: drums; Peter Orins: drums.
June 26, 2019
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