Tomas Fujiwara – “Triple Double” (2017)

“Triple Double” is the newest album by Tomas Fujiwara which is released today, on October 20. Bandleader, composer and drummer Tomas Fujiwara recorded his newest album with other famous jazz musicians – Gerald Cleaver (drums), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Brandon Seabrook (guitar), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet) and Ralph Alessi (trumpet). The musicians had improvised together in various combinations with other famous avant-garde jazz musicians – Matana Roberts, Tomeka Reid, Amir ElSaffar and many others. Musicians have their own and original sound, unique playing manner which is based on free musical experiments and creative decisions. Their music is full of unpredictable sounds and timbres, colorful stylistic waves and turns. This album is a rare opportunity to hear six great and experienced jazz masters playing together.

Album compositions are based on synthesis between avant-garde, modern jazz and various elements of rock styles. The basic of the compositions are free collective improvisations. Expressive and active collective improvisations are full of loud bursts of energy, wild fast solos, colorful and extraordinary sounds and interesting background. The musicians extract new and unusual timbres, are using original and extraordinary ways of playing. Improvisations are dynamic and full of unpredictable and colorful stylistic waves and turns. Variety of different moods and characters also is very much heard in these compositions. Expressive and emotional, dramatic and sharp turns out to joyful and playful or – very solemn and deep. The change of the moods and compositions characters is very sudden and dynamic – different moods are suddenly changing each other. Putting together different concepts and contrastic musical episodes bring original and extraordinary sound to these compositions. Extended playing techniques, traditional and innovative ways of playing help the musicians to expand the comfort zone of their instruments. They also expand from the zone of usual and traditional sound to free, innovative and adventurous improvisations. Arpeggios, drum rolls, intense and powerful reed instruments blow outs, wild fast guitars and other instruments solos also highly effect the sound of improvisations. The musical pattern is formed of expressive melodies, colorful sounds, special effects, free musical experiments and decisions and very interesting background. Dynamic rhythmic is based on high variety of rhythmic formulas masterfully twisted together. Sharp, modern and interesting harmony make adventurous and interesting sound. Individual and own playing style of each musician, masterful and outstanding improvising, high variety of different music elements and expressions make innovative and extraordinary sound of this album.

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