Fujiwara, Tomas - Actionspeak
Danton Boller (bass), Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Tomas Fujiwara (drums), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Brian Settles (tenor saxophone).Danton Boller (bass), Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Tomas Fujiwara (drums), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Brian Settles (tenor saxophone).
The young, excellent, up 'n' coming drummer (and the drummer for the Cuneiform ensembles Positive Catastrophe and Ideal Bread) makes his debut as a leader here!
"Actionspeak is drummer / composer Tomas Fujiwara's debut as a leader. The Hook Up is a two-year old quintet featuring Mary Halvorson, Brian Settles, Jonathan Finlayson and Danton Boller. Featured here are seven Fujiwara originals influenced by such diverse inspirations as Wayne Shorter, Talib Kweli, AZ, Haruki Murakami, and Meshell Ndegeocello."
"The drummer has named his latest band appropriately. Ensembles can go
anywhere if the intra-group chemistry is cooking, and throughout the new
Actionspeak, Fujiwara sounds like he's got his mates on speed dial:
they're instantly there whenever he needs 'em, offering clusters of
sound that span from squawky celebration to reflective prayer. That's
especially true with bassist Danton Boller, who emboldens every thrust
the drummer makes and reminds listeners that connections are paramount
on the jazz bandstand." — Jim Macnie, The Village Voice
"...Fujiwara's compositional subtlety brims with lyric detail and supple
imagination, revealing an artist whose urbane writing is equal to his
impressively nuanced drumming." — Troy Collins, Point of Departure