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THUMBSCREW is the first release by this new co-op trio made up of older and younger equals on the modern jazz scene. All three are composer/bandleaders in their own right and all contribute compositions to the band, making Thumbscrew even greater than the sum of its parts.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is one of the most recognizable players on her instrument to emerge in the last decade. In a relatively short time, she has released a voluminous discography as a leader and sideman, and established herself as an important voice in jazz today. 'Halvorson's precise, hardscrabble guitar playing is just plain bad-ass.' DownBeat.

Bassist Michael Formanek has been an important, grounding force on the scene for over 30 years. He has played and/or recorded with Tony Williams, Elvis Costello, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Tim Berne, Dave Liebman and many others. He has recently released two widely praised albums as composer/ bandleader on the ECM label: 'The Rub and Spare Change' (2010) and 'Small Places' (2012). Both albums received five star (the highest possible) reviews in Downbeat.

Drummer Tomas Fujiwara grew up in Boston, studying with the legendary Alan Dawson for eight years before moving to New York at the age of 17, where he has become an important and ubiquitous presence on the current generation of the jazz scene, playing with some of the most important voices of today's music.

Recorded live in the studio, this is the band's first release, but they have been working towards this release for two years and the band already has its third North American tour set up for March, 2014.

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Thumbscrew started rehearsing early (2012)...but the bonds are already strong. --DownBeat


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  • Audio CD (January 21, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CUNEIFORM
  • ASIN: B00GTSVL8C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Doug on June 4, 2015
Format: Audio CD
Don’t try to pigeonhole instrumental/jazz trio Thumbscrew. The name might imply they’re ready to assault eardrums, perhaps like one of John Zorn’s punk-jazz outings, but that’s not what Thumbscrew does. Those familiar with the members, though, should have an idea of what to expect. Guitarist Mary Halvorson studied with Anthony Braxton, has been associated with the Brooklyn music scene since the early 2000s, leads her own groups, and participated in the Sun Ra-inspired project, Living by Lanterns. Drummer Tomas Fujiwara is also a NYC musician involved with Living by Lanterns, is in the Steve Lacy tribute band Ideal Bread, and runs his own group. Bassist Michael Formanek is the best-known of the three. He’s appeared as either sideman and frontman since the 1980s, has partnered with saxophonist Tim Berne, and is a jazz educator. Halvorson and Fujiwara previously worked together, but the threesome connected when the bassist, drummer and guitarist were briefly in Taylor Ho Bynum’s large ensemble (he was also in Living by Lanterns). The threesome bonded, entered Brooklyn’s Bunker studio in April 2013, and the outcome is the 55-minute, self-titled Thumbscrew debut.

This is a collaborative unit in every sense of the word. Compositions are equally divided: three from each player, a total of nine tracks, which range from under two minutes to over eight minutes in length. The artists also establish a group identity where no one represents the de facto head. Even the record’s mix doesn’t promote one musician over another. Halvorson’s hollow-body, Guild electric guitar is reserved in volume, but not in imaginative resonance, so Formanek’s acoustic double bass and Fujiwara’s drum kit are matched in auditory dimensions.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wj on March 12, 2015
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great selections/ good grove
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mother of Mary on March 12, 2014
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Exciting music from 3 outstanding artists! Downbeat just gave it 4 1/2 stars. That rarely happens, so don't miss it!
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