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David Fiuczynski

Iconoclastic and prolific jazz-rock guitarist David ‘Fuze’ Fiuczynski, a jazz player who“doesn’t want to play just jazz”, has been hailed by the world press as an incredibly inventive guitar hero, who continues to deliver with music that is unclassifiable, challenging and invigorating. An innovative musician who has released nine CD’s and a double live DVD, Fuze is best known as the leader of the Screaming Headless Torsos.

In 1994 David, in collaboration with keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood, woke up the sleeping jazz fusion world with a landmark CD, "Lunar Crush", which was chosen by Guitar Player’s 30th Anniversary Edition as a “Disc of Destiny”: in Guitar Player’s estimation, one of the most influential albums of the last thirty years. A funky, freaky party, Lunar Crush was a wild 90’s tribute to Tony William’s groundbreaking early-fusion band “Lifetime”. Fuze’s signature palette of otherworldly guitar sounds and enormous chops received astonished accolades from critics and fans alike and landed him on the cover of Guitar Player as a trailblazer who could “change the way you play!” In 1994 David became the original guitar player in Meshell NdegéOcello’s debut band and is prominently featured on her first two Grammy-nominated CD’s.

Just a year after Lunar Crush, Fuze released another influential album as bandleader and primary writer with his long-time group Screaming Headless Torsos titled “1995” for Warner/Discovery Records. The Torsos, fronted by vocalist extraordinaire Dean Bowman, were chosen by Musician Magazine as one of the top ten bands of 1996, described as “brilliantly blend(ing) jazz knowhow with a love for heavy riffs”. They inspired fans, other musicians, and numbers of cover bands all over the world, and toured Europe, Japan, North America and Canada. The Torsos recorded an excellent 1996 live cd, “Live!!” released in Japan on VideoArtsMusic, and then Dean took a hiatus, during which New York vocalist Freedom Brenmer sang with the band. In 2001 David bought back the rights to those Screaming Headless Torsos CD’s, and released them on his own label, FuzeLicious Morsels. Currently both Freedom Bremner and Ahmed Best are fronting the band.

Screaming Headless Torsos released a new studio CD “2005” and double live DVD “Live in New York & Paris” in early 2005. In 2006, they released a "Best Of" compilation, entitled "Choice Cuts". The Torsos have featured many of the top New York and US musicians in it’s many live performance lineups, but their recordings have all featured Dean Bowman, vocals; Fima Ephron, bass; Daniel Sadownick, percussion; Gene Lake, drums (“Live!!” & “2005”) and Jojo Mayer, drums (“1995”).

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Club d'Elf: You Never Know

Read "You Never Know" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


You Never Know is the Club d'Elf studio album that captures the whirling, overlapping orbits of acoustic, electric and exotic sounds of the floating improvisational collective, which has recorded and performed together for more than two decades, with crisp studio clarity. But more importantly, You Never Know celebrates light born from darkness. Bassist and bandleader Mike Rivard, the sole constant in the collective's 24-year run, suffered a near-death experience from a pulmonary embolism which struck him while he ...

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Club D'Elf: You Never Know

Read "You Never Know" reviewed by Chris May


Near-death experiences can reboot the mind, separating the important from the trivial. It seems to have worked like that for bassist and composer Mike Rivard, founder and leader of Boston's world-dub-jazz band Club D'Elf. A few years back, Rivard was nearly felled by a pulmonary embolism while seeking spiritual insight in the Amazonian rain forest. A long, dark period of depression followed, before Rivard emerged recharged into the light, having been sustained in large part by gnawa, the Moroccan trance ...

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Philipp Gerschlauer & David Fiuczynski: Mikrojazz!: Neue Expressionistische Musik

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Any musiclover who enjoys the sensation of immersion in a maelstrom of sound will no doubt relish Mikrojazz, especially those familiar with the work of guitarist Dave Fiuczynski. But even listeners who fear the abstract somewhat should find much to savor here because this five-piece band, including 'The Fuze" and co-led with Philipp Gershlauer, moves in and out of such realms throughout a dozen tracks. Every group of musicians requires a catalyst in order to function with the ...

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Philipp Gerschlauer/David Fiuczynski: Mikrojazz!: Neue Expressionistische Musik

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If you've followed guitarist David Fiuczynski's work in recent years, then you should already know that he's continually intensifying his search for what exists in the spaces between the spaces. While Fuze has always registered as something of a non-conformist, he's now completely shed a layer of skin and left conventional Western musical tuning behind, evolving into a microtonal guru working with a uniquely non-patternistic patois. Through his teaching at Berklee, and with albums like Planet MicroJam ...

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David Fiuczynski: Flam! Blam!

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Il chitarrista americano David Fiuczynski si lascia condurre per mano dall'ispirazione che nasce dal canto degli uccelli per questo suo album intrigante e misterioso. Ci vengono subito in mente due esperienze straordinarie come quella dell'Eric Dolphy degli anni sessanta che confidava agli amici di essere stato particolarmente colpito dello stesso fenomeno e di essere impegnato nella trascrizione di quelle saltellanti melodie. Allo stesso modo una decina di anni dopo il geniale bassista inglese Dave Holland consegnava alla nostra attenzione uno ...

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David Fiuczynski: Salt, Sweat, Love, Tears

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[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth] David Fiuczynski is a very unique guitarist. Many of you know him from his successful band called Screaming Headless Torsos. He's played with Hasidic New Wave, trumpeter Cuong Vu, and pianist Hiromi. I first met David at a rehearsal with drummer Billy Hart, and then we played a few projects with clarinetist Don Byron over the years. We've been working together in Jack DeJohnette's band ...

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David Fiuczynski: In the In Between

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The most recent compositional premiere by guitarist David Fiucyznski has a title that almost manages to sum up his entire sphere of influence. “Flam! Pan-Asian Microjam for J Dilla and Olivier Messiaen" premiered at Berklee College of Music in 2012 and was inspired by a geographically and temporally enormous range of styles. Fiuczynski describes the piece as a trinity of inspirations with respect to rhythm, harmony and melody.“It's kind of a triangle between Pan-Asian music, Messiaen bird calls ...

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Georgian Microjamz

RareNoiseRecords
2023

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You Never Know

Face Pelt Records
2022

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Mikrojazz!: Neue...

RareNoiseRecords
2017

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Flam! Blam!

RareNoiseRecords
2016

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Planet Microjam

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2012

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KiF Express

FuzeLicious Morsels
2009

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Just for Now - Live!!

From: Choice Cuts
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