It’s not surprising nowadays to hear a modern jazz composer combine several divergent movements into one piece, turning a corner with little or no transition. Drummer Tomas Fujiwara fits this composer profile. But what makes the Hook Up’s sophomore release really engaging relates to the way Fujiwara concludes his tunes abruptly, right when the band sounds like it’s starting to settle into something. In doing so, he makes the listener stop to reflect on what just happened, and how strong it sounded.
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