For pianist Satoko Fujii, 50 is the new 20.
That refers to her age, although you could almost believe it refers to the number of albums she's released in 2008 alone. Fujii appears on four records this year: a trio session called Trace A River (Libra, 2008); a quartet session with her band ma-do called Heat Wave (Not Two, 2008); a session with a completely different trio called Cloudy Then Sunny (Libra, 2008); and an album with the band Gato Libre (led by her husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura) called Kuro (Libra, 2008).
Four albums in a year may seem like a lot, but it's just another year in the studio to Fujii, who is one of Japan's most celebrated and prolific pianists and composers. After spending many of her formative musical years in the United States, Fujii now lives in Tokyo, where she continues to find new ways of bringing her favorite musicians together to play creative improvised music.
AAJ Contributor and host of The Jazz Session Jason Crane spoke with Fujii about her almost impossibly busy schedule, keeping track of all her different projects, and what's still to come.
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