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Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara : Thumbscrew - Thumbscrew album

Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara : Thumbscrew  - Thumbscrew album
  • Performer Mary Halvorson
  • Title Thumbscrew
  • Date of release 2014
  • Style Avant-garde Jazz
  • Other formats APE VQF DTS ASF RA MPC MOD
  • Genre Jazz
  • Size MP3 1232 mb
  • Size FLAC 1115 mb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 310

While Michael Formanek (double bass), Tomas Fujiwara (drums) and Mary Halvorson (guitar) are all known for their prodigious capabilities as improvisers, Thumbscrew is more of a composer’s vehicle. While many cooperative bands draw on material recycled from other projects, "One of the things we said at the beginning is let’s just write music for Thumbscrew and it will only be Thumbscrew music," says Formanek. It really is a three-composer trio, and all of our tunes have our basic aesthetics attached. Michael Formanek appears courtesy of ECM Records. Thumbscrew would like to thank Jon Rosenberg, Warren Linn, Kevin Whitehead, Kevin Reilly, and Steve Feigenbaum.

Expect some mild abrasions, but also the sharp focus of skilled improvisers who happen to be fine composers as well. Bassist Michael Formanek has roughly two decades of recording experience beyond that of bandmates guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, but once the three musicians start playing together, banish any thoughts of a generational divide.

Thumbscrew: Mary Halvorson (elg), Michael Formanek (cb), Tomas Fujiwara (dm) - The Cardinal and the Weathervane 05:16. Thumbscrew: Mary Halvorson (elg), Michael Formanek (cb), Tomas Fujiwara (dm) - Inevitable 06:10. Thumbscrew: Mary Halvorson (elg), Michael Formanek (cb), Tomas Fujiwara (dm) - Cleome 06:14. Thumbscrew: Mary Halvorson (elg), Michael Formanek (cb), Tomas Fujiwara (dm) - Convallaria 09:04. Thumbscrew: Mary Halvorson (elg), Michael Formanek (cb), Tomas Fujiwara (dm) - Sampsonian Rhythms 04:04

With Michael Formanek's pronounced bass lines, guitarist Mary Halvorson's fascinating permutations, and drummer Tomas Fujiwara laying down a host of perky grooves, the group executes within a 360-degree realm of invention. With her hollow-body electric guitar, Halvorson's strangely appealing detuning mechanisms, dodgy and zippy single note runs amid her use of distortion techniques, occasionally conjure notions of what Jimi Hendrix might sound like if he indulged in the avant-rock sphere of influence. Thumbscrew is uncannily cohesive, especially for a musical production that sneakily changes courses on an intermittent basis. Among other pluses, the trio projects a marvel of creativity, complemented by stinging solos and a highly intuitive command and control gameplan that provides thrills a minute and a simmering impetus.

Drummer Tomas Fujiwara grew up in Boston, studying with the legendary Alan Dawson for eight years before moving to New York at the age of 17, where he has become an important and ubiquitous presence on the current generation of the jazz scene, playing with some of the most important voices of today's music. by Thumbscrew featuring Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara and Mary Halvorson. Cheap Knock Off by Thumbscrew featuring Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara and Mary Halvorson.

Mary Halvorson – Guitar Michael Formanek – Double Bass Tomas Fujiwara – Drums. Thumbscrew is a very exciting group that highlights intricate and emotionally-driven compositions focused on intense interactions between instruments. One of the most exciting bands currently playing - Cisco Bradley, jazzrightnow. The trio Thumbscrew came about by accident, after bassist Michael Formanek subbed in a band including guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. Something special happened among them right away, so they formed a trio, a co-operative in the truest sense. Ours Releases June 8, 2018.

Michael Formanek, Mary Halvorson & Tomas Fujiwara). 3. Fluid Hills in Pink (feat. Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek & Tomas Fujiwara). 4. Nothing Doing (feat. Tomas Fujiwara, Mary Halvorson & Michael Formanek). 5. Goddess Sparkle (feat. 6. Buzzard's Breath (feat. Michael Formanek, Mary Halvorson & Tomas Fujiwara). 8. Falling Too Far (feat. 9. Line to Create Madness (feat.

While Michael Formanek (double bass), Tomas Fujiwara (drums) and Mary Halvorson (guitar) are all known for their prodigious capabilities as improvisers, Thumbscrew is more of a composer’s vehicle.

Tracklist

1 Cheap Knock Off 5:59
2 iThumbscrew 7:13
3 Fluid Hills In Pink 8:12
4 Nothing Doing 1:22
5 Goddess Sparkle 6:22
6 Buzzard's Breath 6:00
7 Still...Doesn't Swing 7:24
8 Falling Too Far 5:26
9 Line To Create Madness 7:36

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Cuneiform Records
  • Recorded At – The Bunker, Brooklyn
  • Made By – Disc Makers – MXK1028
  • Copyright (c) – Thumbscrew

Credits

  • Artwork – Warren Linn
  • Double Bass – Michael Formanek
  • Drums – Tomas Fujiwara
  • Guitar – Mary Halvorson
  • Photography By – Peter Gannushkin
  • Producer – Thumbscrew
  • Recorded By, Mixed By – Jon Rosenberg
  • Written-By – Halvorson* (tracks: 3, 8, 9), Formanek* (tracks: 2, 6, 7), Fujiwara* (tracks: 1, 4, 5)

Notes

Packaged in a jewel case with an illustrated 4-page booklet that includes release information.

Thumbscrew, a band consisting of three well-established leaders on the new jazz/new music scene, make inviting music full of wonder and discovery. With their eponymous debut album, they document the group's commitment to new music created specifically for this ensemble.

While Michael Formanek (double bass), Tomas Fujiwara (drums) and Mary Halvorson (guitar) are all known for their prodigious capabilities as improvisers, Thumbscrew is more of a composer’s vehicle. While many cooperative bands draw on material recycled from other projects, "One of the things we said at the beginning is let’s just write music for Thumbscrew and it will only be Thumbscrew music," says Formanek. "It really is a three-composer trio, and all of our tunes have our basic aesthetics attached. But we want everybody to have input. Nobody’s afraid to make a decision. It’s one of the first co-ops I’ve been in where everyone’s really willing to take control at any given moment."

With each musician contributing three tunes, the album encompasses an array of textures and strategies, while maintaining a consistently open and transparent sound. Generating tremendous intensity without necessarily increasingly volume or density, Thumbscrew buzzes and crackles, burns and croons. The group is both open and composerly. Part of what makes the band’s music so engaging is that they draw widely and deeply from any number of sonic sources.

Part of the trio’s strength flows from the deep interconnecting bonds they’ve forged. Halvorson and Fujiwara first started playing together in cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum’s Sextet. They also work together in the collective quartet Reverse Blue with Chris Speed and Eivind Opsvik, and Mike Reed’s fascinating Sun Ra-inspired ensemble Living By Lanterns.

They first worked with Formanek when he subbed in Bynum’s band in 2011, and the chemistry between the three was so readily apparent they immediately started looking into performance opportunities as a trio. This fine, distinctive effort is the result of 2 years of planning, rehearsing and gigging.
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Recorded on April 7, 2013 at the Bunker, Brooklyn, NY.

Made in the USA.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 045775036526
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LZ71
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI ALK18
  • Matrix / Runout: RUNE365 MXK1028