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Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara: Thumbscrew

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È un trio intrigante, quello composto da Mary Halvorson alla chitarra, Michael Formanek al contrabbasso e Tomas Fujiwara alla batteria. Organismo collettivo, mette in contatto musicalità molto forti già individualmente e in grado di condividere processi di improvvisazione sempre mobili.

Forme aperte che però mantengono sempre una forte coerenza interna, inerpicandosi a volte su grooves elaborati, altre esplorando gli angoli più nascosti e astratti che l'incontro tra le linee espressive creano.

Nel linguaggio della Halvorson, lo abbiamo imparato a conoscere bene in questi anni, convergono strane traiettorie melodiche, aromi rock, sfumature timbriche sempre cangianti, accelerazioni quasi prog ed è con grande facilità che sia Fujiwara che il sempre immenso Formanek (tornato ultimamente, anche come leader, a una meritata centralità nell'avant-jazz contemporaneo) aggiungono al tutto una sensibile qualità danzante.

Thumbscrew risulta così un disco di avventuroso equilibrio, animato da un costante movimento che dona a temi come l'iniziale "Cheap Knock Off" o l'eccellente "Goddess Sparkle" una profondità che sfugge alle leggi della gravità e che suona alle orecchie leggera e necessaria. Ottimo lavoro!

Track Listing: Cheap Knock Off; iThumbscrew; Fluid Hills In Pink; Nothing Doing; Goddess Sparkle; Buzzard’s Breath; Still…Doesn’t Swing; Falling Too Far; Line To Create.

Personnel: Mary Halvorson: guitar; Michael Formanek: double bass; Tomas Fujiwara: drums.

Title: Thumbscrew | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Cuneiform Records

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