All posts tagged: Tomas Fujiwara

Album Review: The Distance (2016) by Michael Formanek & Ensemble Kolossus

The Distance – Michael Formanek and Ensemble Kolossus ECM (2016) Personnel: Loren Stillman (alto saxophone, flute) Oscar Noriega (alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet) Chris Speed (tenor saxophone, clarinet) Brian Settles (tenor saxophone, flute) Tim Berne (baritone saxophone) Dave Ballou (trumpet) Ralph Alessi (trumpet) Shane Endsley (trumpet) Kirk Knuffke (cornet) Alan Ferber (trombone) Jacob Garchik (trombone)

Playlist for the Week of April 20, 2015

Joe Harriott Quintet – Free Form (1961, Doxy) [vinyl] Joe McPhee – Nation Time (Bo’Weavil, 1971) [vinyl] Julius Hemphill – ‘Coon Bid’ness (Arista, 1975) [vinyl] Frank Lowe – Out Loud (Triple Point, 2014) [vinyl] Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up – After All Is Said (482 Music, 2015) Ahmed Abdullah – Life’s Force (About Time,

A Weekend at Cornelia Street Cafe: Reviews of Secret Keeper and Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up (4/17 and 4/18/15)

This past weekend, Cornelia Street Cafe hosted two significant record release concerts. On Friday, guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Stephan Crump teamed up with their Secret Keeper project to debut their second record, Emerge (Intakt). On Saturday, Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up (including Halvorson, Jonathan Finlayson, Brian Settles, and Michael Formanek) debuted their third

Tomas Fujiwara and the Hook Up to Release 3rd Album in April (Sneak Peak #3)

Part 3 of the April Artist Feature on Drummer/Composer Tomas Fujiwara Interview Cisco Bradley: I understand that you are both an avid basketball fan as well as a player of the sport. Do you absorb or incorporate any aspects of the rhythm or movement of the game into your music, compositions, or performance? Tomas Fujiwara:

New This Week on Jazz Right Now / March 30, 2015

Interviews Mary Halvorson (March Artist Feature) Tomas Fujiwara short interviews (part 1, part 2) Videos Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses Live at the Firehouse Space Thollem McDonas and Lukas Ligeti Live at Spectrum Michael T.A. Thompson Live at First Street Green (Arts for Art) Playlist Week of March 23, 2015

Tomas Fujiwara and the Hook Up to Release 3rd Album in April (Sneak Peek #2)

This is the second part of a multi-part interview with drummer and composer Tomas Fujiwara. His quintet, Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up will release their third studio album in April. Interview Cisco Bradley: Your brushwork is stunning in many contexts, but has really stood out with your band Thumbscrew (with Mary Halvorson and Michael

New This Week / March 17, 2015

Videos Michael Foster-Ben Bennett Duo Live at Soup & Sound Pulverize the Sound Live at Manhattan Inn Chris Pitsiokos Trio Live at Ran Tea House Jonathan Moritz’ Secret Tempo Live at I-Beam (New York Tenor Saxophone Festival) Yoni Kretzmer 2Bass Quartet Live at I-Beam (New York Tenor Saxophone Festival) Ras Moshe Trio Live at I-Beam

Best Albums of 2014

This was an amazing year with a number of innovative and revolutionary releases that made it very difficult to choose. I spent many days narrowing the best records of 2014 down to fifteen: Josh Sinton’s Ideal Bread – Beating the Teens (Cuneiform) Travis Laplante’s Battle Trance – Palace of Wind (NNA Tapes) Rodrigo Amado Motion

New This Week on Jazz Right Now / December 1, 2014

Reviews Variable Bets (2014) by Tomas Fujiwara Trio Sediment (2014) by Carlo Costa Quartet Interviews Fay Victor Videos Evan Parker, Peter Evans, and Charles Evans Live at the Stone John Welsh Solo Live at the Manhattan Inn Fay Victor and Brandon Seabrook Live at New Revolution Arts While We Still Have Bodies Live at New