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Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up: After All is Said

Read "After All is Said" reviewed by Troy Collins

Tomas Fujiwara is one of the busiest drummers in New York City, with memberships in cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum's Sextet, baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton's Ideal Bread and the cooperative trio Thumbscrew, featuring acclaimed guitarist Mary Halvorson and veteran bassist Michael Formanek, among other projects. Formed in 2008, Fujiwara's flagship ensemble, The Hook Up, is one of ...

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Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up: After All Is Said

Read "After All Is Said" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Drummer Tomas Fujiwara's The Hook Up features artists who are among the more prominent representatives of new directions in jazz and improvisation. Here, the leader acts as an instigator and propulsive factor via his rhythmically shaped works, comprised of rolling, tumbling and splintered movements, etched with budding thematic developments.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson's distinctive phraseology ...

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Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up: The Air is Different

Read "The Air is Different" reviewed by John Sharpe

Drummer Tomas Fujiwara inhabits the fertile Brooklyn scene alongside guitarist Mary Halvorson, a frequent collaborator who is part of his band, The Hook Up; alongside cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, both are also featured on collective The Thirteenth Assembly's outstanding Station Direct (Important, 2011). So it's not surprising that similarly smart multifaceted compositions, delivered through tight but ...

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Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up: The Air Is Different

Read "The Air Is Different" reviewed by Robert Bush

Boston-born and Brooklyn-based drummer Tomas Fujiwara has been stirring things up in the New York City creative music scene for some time now, working with a wide variety of players including cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and guitarist Mary Halvorson.

His working ensemble, Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up, features Halvorson--one of the brightest voices in ...

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Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up: The Air is Different

Read "The Air is Different" reviewed by Troy Collins

Dedicated to his grandparents and inspired in by part by family remembrances, The Air is Different is the second recording from Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up, following Actionspeak (482 Music), their impressive 2010 debut. The youthful drummer's flagship ensemble continues to explore the inroads made on its previous album, plotting a memorable course through Fujiwara's ...

Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up: The Air Is Different

Read "The Air Is Different" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Brooklyn non è più solo un quartiere di New York; da qualche anno, jazzisticamente parlando, Brooklyn è un “suono". Si, è vero, le categorie valgono quel che valgono, e spesso servono solo per puntellare pensieri critici pericolanti. Ma persino i più distratti, all'alba del 2012, si saranno accorti che al di là dell'East River, di recente, c'è ...

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Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up: Actionspeak

Read "Actionspeak" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Actionspeak, by drummer Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up, operates as an updated take on Miles Davis' 1960s quintet idea. As a working band, the combination of Fujiwara with bassist Danton Boller, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, guitarist Mary Halvorson and saxophonist Brian Settles presents musical entertainment, more than intellectual device, while advancing the ideology of jazz as ...