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The Air is Different

The Air is Different by Tomas Fujiwara
Released: May 2012
Label: 482 Music
After the success of (most of) this lineup on drummer Fujiwara's previous release as a leader, Actionspeak, expectations were high. This follow-up more than meets them. Fujiwara's arrangements may be unusual, but they also feel purposeful, rather like Miles' second classic quintet put through modern-jazz paces. Trevor Dunn's bass is a highlight, while Mary Halvorson's much-celebrated guitar playing can seem subtler in this ensemble than it does in some of her own bands. With the leader getting plenty of space to work, too, this album moves from strength to strength.
Seth Colter Walls