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| THUMBSCREW (MARY HALVORSON, MICHAEL FORMANEK, TOMAS FUJIWARA) |
Label : Cuneiform Records
Year : 2018
Format : CD
Style : Jazz
Availability : Available on request
Price : 14.70 € - BUY
|Description :||'Made up of three highly distinctive voices in the world of jazz and avant-garde music, Thumbscrew should probably collapse under the weight of its own star power but Tomas Fujiwara (drums), Mary Halvorson (electric guitar) and Michael Formanek (acoustic bass) are just too aware of the potential of this supertrio to let that happen.'
- S. Victor Aaron, Something Else!
'The barrage of riffs are both epic and melodic, the low end beefy and the percussion massive. Expect nothing less than magic from these three avant purveyors.'
- The Village Voice
'... all three of these musicians have a well-established history of creating unconventional music. That trend doesn't end here, but as challenging as this music is, it's presented in a way easy to accept.'
- Wondering Sound
'Three top avant jazzers with decades of experience among them create a distinctive band identity...contributing equally sans grandstanding...'
- AllMusic Favorite Jazz Albums
Thumbscrew demonstrates their unique collective musical vision in contrasting but complementary ways on two exciting new CDs. Ours and Theirs are the first to be released on a newly revamped Cuneiform Records, just returning from a hiatus. Comprised of longtime collaborators Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara, and Mary Halvorson, Thumbscrew is a true collaborative effort with all three members contributing at an equal rate both in terms of composition and improvisation.
Ours, as its namesake suggests, is an album of original compositions with Fujiwara, Formanek and Halvorson contributing three works apiece. Opening with Halvorson's striking 'Snarling Joys,' Ours begins with delicate (and ever so slightly warped) ensemble figures that very naturally develop into an urgent and tense thrill-ride of a track, with a brilliant bass solo from Formanek. Fujiwara's 'Saturn Way' shows the ensemble bouncing off of each other's rhythmic framework with Fujiwara anchoring the group through a pummeling rolling tom figure that slowly descends into a spacious and attentive group improvisation. Later, on Formanek's punk-thru-the-wormhole style 'Cruel Heartless Bastards' the ensemble shifts metric pulse in total lockstep on the turn of a dime while a teasing 4/4 figure creates a sense of gravity for the entire composition. Halvorson takes the track to the stratosphere with a dizzying guitar pedal laden solo after the group snakes their way through Formanek's labyrinth.
On the flipside, Theirs features covers penned by venerable composers, from North American jazz legends Benny Golson and Wayne Shorter, to South American composers Julio De Caro (Argentina) and Jacob Do Bandolim (Brazil), to songwriter Evelyn Danzig and Dutch avant-gardist Misha Mengelberg. Thumbscrew covers considerable ground in bringing their unique arrangements and ensemble sensibility to this transfixing set of other composers' music. On the selection of covers, Fujiwara says, 'Each of us brought in a number of covers--more than double what we ended up releasing--that we were curious for Thumbscrew to try. We played through each composition many times, trying different arrangements, and slowly started to focus in on which ones felt right for the group.' Formanek states that 'for me it was mostly a matter of which tunes I thought would have strong enough bones to sustain a Thumbscrew interpretation. It was also a matter of imagining how certain pieces would work with Mary, Tomas, and my approaches that wouldn't sound like just another version.'
Ours and Theirs both present a band at the height of their creativity, performing unique music to powerful effect, and solidifying their status as one of the most important ensembles in creative music today. Thumbscrew will tour throughout the United States, Canada, South America and Europe in 2018, in addition a weeklong residency at the esteemed Village Vanguard in New York City from July 17th through 22nd.
MICHAEL FORMANEK - double bass / TOMAS FUJIWARA - drums / MARY HALVORSON - guitar
|Titles :||01. Snarling Joys (Halvorson) |
02. Saturn Way (Fujiwara)
03. Cruel Heartless Bastards (Formanek)
04. Smoketree (Halvorson)
05. Thumbprint (Halvorson)
06. One Day (Fujiwara)
07. Rising Snow (Fujiwara)
08. Words that Rhyme with Spangle (angle bangle dangle jangle mangel mangle strangle tangle wangle wrangle) (Formanek)
09. Unconditional (Formanek)