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The NY improvising trio of Mary Halvorson (guitar), Michael Formanek (double bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums) follow their "Thumbscrew" album with this impressive release of avant jazz, balancing melodic and technical playing with beautiful pacing and insightful interaction.

Thumbscrew (Halvorson / Formanek / Fujiwara)

Thumbscrew (Halvorson / Formanek / Fujiwara): Convallaria (Cuneiform)

Label: Cuneiform    
Released in: USA    

"Creative artists aren't subject to state persecution in the United States, but indifference can exact its own cost, just as generous support can pay steep dividends. Thumbscrew spent two weeks honing the tunes on Convallaria at City of Asylum, a residency program in Pittsburgh, and for Thumbscrew the opportunity for intensive, undistracted work and woodshedding yielded a particularly striking body of music.

Already closely bonded by extensive collaborations in a variety of overlapping ensembles, the powerhouse triumvirate got to spend the kind of concentrated time together that's "almost unheard of these days," says Formanek. "I've done some composition residencies working on my own. But we were all there together, working on music every day, trying things out. I miss that from my younger days."

"It was amazing," agrees Halvorson. "Everyone's so busy. Even with my own band it can be like pulling teeth to get one rehearsal together. For two weeks we played every day and worked on all the new music. It really helped us to take the band to the next level."

Convallaria is the work of a true collective with all three players contributing compositions and taking equal responsibility for shaping the music's flow. While exploring an array of improvisational spaces, the band has honed a sinewy sound marked by transparent textures and astringent rhythms. It's music that pushes outward and snaps back into unexpectedly altered forms."-Cuneiform Records

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Product Information:

UPC: 045775041520

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: CUN-CD-415
Squidco Product Code: 22175

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Mr. Smalls Studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on July 2nd, 3rd and 4th , 2015 by Nate Campbell.


Mary Halvorson-guitar

Michael Formanek-double bass

Tomas Fujiwara-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Cleome 6:15

2. Barn Fire Slum Brew 7:06

3. Sampsonian Rhythms 4:04

4. Trigger 8:26

5. Screaming Piha 5:50

6. Convallaria 9:05

7. Tail of the Sad Dog 7:01

8. The Cardinal and the Weathervane 5:16

9. Danse Insense 5:27

10. Spring Ahead 8:24

11. Inevitable 6:10

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