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Thumbscrew: Convalleria

To record their sophomore Thumbscrew album, guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara took part in a two-week residency in Pittsburgh, which allowed them to compose individually but work up the music as a unit. The extended stay proved to be fruitful. What began as a compatible, somewhat understated trio on their … Read More “Thumbscrew: Convalleria”

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Thumbscrew: Thumbscrew

Mary Halvorson (guitar), Michael Formanek (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums) play serious music but don’t take themselves too seriously. A Fujiwara composition, inspired by the angular writing on Formanek’s recent albums, has the self-deprecating title “Cheap Knock Off.” The bassist contributes a piece called “Still … Doesn’t Swing” that begins with jaunty brushwork and veers … Read More “Thumbscrew: Thumbscrew”

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