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Ours

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Snarling Joys; Saturn Way; Cruel Heartless Bastards; Smoketree; Thumbprint; One Day; Rising Snow; Words that Rhyme with Spangle (angle bangle dangle jangle mangel mangle strangle tangle wangle wrangle); Unconditional.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2018

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

2018 was another year with too many favorites to choose from. I'm struck by the number of “extended ensembles" on my list: groups of eight or more, including a chamber orchestra plus jazz group. It was also an exceptionally good year for RareNoiseRecords, making it hard for me to stop at three albums. This list is ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Thumbscrew: Ours & Theirs

Read "Thumbscrew: Ours & Theirs" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Thumbscrew is an occasional project for three very busy contemporary jazz musicians. Guitarist Mary Halvorson, double bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara have crossed paths numerous times on their own projects. All three of them participated in Michael Formanek's Ensemble Kolossus: The Distance (ECM, 2016), on Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up: After All Is ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Cuong Vu, Phil Schurger, Cluttertones and More

Read "Cuong Vu, Phil Schurger, Cluttertones and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Check out some great music from new releases, from the avant-garde/Middle Eastern/North African fusion of Ensemble Fanaa, to trumpeter Cuong Vu's quartet with Bill Frisell; from Chicago guitarist Phil Schurger to New Orleans drummer Billie Davies; from poet Vince Bell to pianist Ran Blake with singer Christine Correa. Plus a set from three excellent German groups ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Tomasz Dabrowski, Thumbscrew and other new releases

Read "Tomasz Dabrowski, Thumbscrew and other new releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Back in January 2018, for all intents and purposes, Cuneiform Records shut down most of their operation. A total reassessment of their position in the industry and the state of the industry itself were scheduled. Would they be back or not? Lo and behold, some months later they returned and we have to thank Mary Halvorson, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Relay Jazz

Read "Relay Jazz" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Already soccered-out? Then dive in the world of Jazz Relay: the exciting sport in which one jazz player passes the baton to the next one and at the end all listeners are exhilarated by the mind-boggling diversity of music that comes out of different bands even when they have many players in common. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Thumbscrew: Theirs

Read "Theirs" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It has been four years since Thumbscrew, the trio of guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, released their self-titled debut (Cuneiform Records, 2014). The trio is simultaneously releasing two albums--their third and fourth--Ours and Theirs on the same label. As the titles indicate, one album consists of original compositions and the other, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Thumbscrew alla Casa del Jazz di Roma

Read "Thumbscrew alla Casa del Jazz di Roma" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Thumbscrew Casa del Jazz Roma 06.11.2017 Il progetto Thumbscrew nasce dall'incontro di tre forti personalità della scena dell'avanguardia jazzistica newyorkese, la chitarrista Mary Halvorson, il contrabbassista Michael Formanek e il batterista Tomas Fujiwara. Tra loro è scattata subito un'alchimia che li ha portati alla fondazione del trio, che ha già ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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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