Departure – Haruna Fukazawa

Departure – Haruna Fukazawa

Label: Summit Records

Release date: Aug 2019

Catalog number: 750

Tracks:

> Contact
comp: Haruna Fukazawa
Track Not Yet Available For Purchase
> Juicy Lucy
comp: Horace Silver
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> I Wish You Love
comp: Charles Trenet
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> Bassi Blues
comp: Haruna Fukazawa
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> A Flower is a Lovesome Thing
comp: Billy Strayhorn
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> Cat's Meeting
comp: Haruna Fukazawa
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> Alice in Wonderland
comp: Sammy Fain, Bob Hilliard
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> No Fine Weather
comp: Haruna Fukazawa
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Haruna Fukazawa – Flute and Alto flute

Steve Wilson – Soprano sax and Flute

David DeMotta – Piano

Bill Moring – Bass

Steve Johns – Drums

 

Haruna Fukazawa is a New York-based flutist originally from Tokyo, Japan. She has been an active member of the American and Japanese musical scenes as a performer, composer, and recording artist for over a decade.

After graduating from Mushashino Academia Musicae in Japan, Haruna’s musical career started as a classical musician. Upon attending a performance by the great Oscar Peterson, Haruna decided to dedicate her life to jazz.

Haruna’s straightforward, joyful, and powerful playing style is inspired most by her legendary teacher and mentor Frank Wess. In 2009 she started visiting New York City regularly to study with Wess, and shortly after decided to move to New York to play jazz full-time at the encouragement of Wess.

Haruna’s first album as a leader was released in 2010. She has also appeared on many albums, TV and movie recordings as a sideman, and her career continues to evolve as she works in a variety of groups and settings. Of note is her involvement with Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra, which won the Downbeat Critics Poll six times, and Patrick Brennan’s transparency kestra. She has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in New York City, among them the Blue Note, Carnegie Hall, The Stone, The 55 Bar, The Bitter End, Shapeshifter Lab, Joe’s Pub, and The Rubin Museum of Art. She performed at Trieste Summer Rock Festival in Trieste, Italy in 2010. It was the first time for a Japanese band to perform at this festival.

The Haruna Fukazawa Quintet performs regularly in New York City. Haruna also co-leads a chamber jazz trio called Jazz Triangle 65-77. The first Jazz Triangle album was released in 2017.

 

REVIEW:

From New York by way of Tokyo, this jazz flautist has a decade as a pro under her belt and she’s certainly one of the leading lights when it comes to polishing the big apple.  Whether writing or interpreting, she has a great feel for the form and the music making a bright statement no matter where she points her flute.  With smart instincts as a leader as well, this package is the package.  Hot stuff that always hits the right notes.​

-Midwest Record by Chris Spector

 

REVIEW:
From the first original song by Ms. Fukazawa titled, “Contact” I am intrigued with the ‘swing,’ the melody, the arrangement and her excellence on flute. I appreciate her arrangement of Horace Silver’s “Juicy Lucy.” Once again, her band swings and David Demotta’s piano solo is flush with blues. It’s obvious that Haruna Fukazawa enjoys swinging the music. On “I Wish You Love” she continues with her happy-go-lucky presentation. Bill Moring is terrific on his walking bass, skipping beneath her flute solo and locking in with Steve Johns on drums. Ms. Fukazawa also has a neat way of harmonizing with Steve Wilson’s saxophone and placing the duo reed parts in all the right places to accentuate her bright, arrangements and to ensorcell our ears. She gives the pianist a time to shine on “Bassi Blues” with a pounding piano that enriches the arrangement in a pronounced way and snatches any drifting attention to her flute-driven melody. This is obviously a tribute to Count Basie, with the mondegreen of Basie becoming Bassi, within the title of her song. Steve Johns takes a fluid and powerful solo on trap drums and half-way through the tune the trio doubles the time and flies free. This entire buffo production is delightful and each musician displays their artistic excellence in unforgettable ways. Her choice of repertoire shines, with beautiful compositions like Billy Strayhorn’s “A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing,” and Sammy Fain & Bob Williard’s “Alice In Wonderland.” Without doubt, Haruna is a noteworthy composer/arranger and she brings joy to her project with her flautist mastery, excitement and spontaneous energy. This is an album of music to enjoy again and again, over time.
-Musical Memoirs by Dee Dee McNeil
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