Fumi Tomita

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Fumi Tomita: bass, compositions
Tim Collins: vibraphone
Alec Haavik: saxophones
Mark Micklethwaite: drums
Lou Rainone: piano

1.Primal Tomato
2. Bb Minor bossa
3. All Around Me
4. Mousey Housey
5. Up All Night
6. Overlook on Overlook
7. Fu's Blues
8. Banff
9. Undenial
10. Waltz in Space

Review by Scott Yanow

"Fumi Tomita is an excellent acoustic bassist who, on his Untold CD, also shows himself to be a talented composer. Tomita joins in with tenor and soprano saxophonist Alec Haavik, vibraphonist Tim Collins, pianist Lou Rainone, and drummer Mark Micklethwaite to perform ten of his originals.

The music on Untold is modern mainstream jazz but with plenty of twists and surprises. The opening “Primal Tomato” in in 7/4 time and has a quirky feel to the rhythm. Haavik on soprano sails effortlessly over the ensembles and is featurd throughout. “Bb Minor Bossa” has a slight bossa nova feel along with fine spots for Haavik’s tenor and vibraphonist Collins. It is an easy-listening performance with inner heat felt just beneath the surface.

“All Around Me” is a melodic hard bop tune with excellent soprano and piano solos, and some inventive drum breaks in the melody. The funky “Mousey Housey” has fiery soprano, pianist Rainone recalling McCoy Tyner in spots, and an energetic bass solo by Tomita. The brief “Up All Night,” which is under three minutes long, is a modern ballad that leads logically to “Overlook On Overlook,” a solid postbop modal original that featuring solos by Haavik (on tenor), Rainone and Tomita.

One of the most exciting performances on Untold is “Fu’s Blues,” a driving piece that finds Haavik’s passionate soprano playing at its best. The brief “Banff” has a light Latin feel with the vibes adding to the atmosphere. The complex “Undenial” is made accessible by the powerful soprano, tight rhythm section and dancing basslines. The final selection, “Waltz In Space” is highlighted by the opening unaccompanied bass solo.

Although Fumi Tomita takes occasional solos on this CD, much of the time he is content to drive and inspire the lead voices. The music on Untold, which grows in interest with each listen, features concise and high-quality solos, and new songs that deserve to be heard. It is an impressive effort."


featuring Lou Rainone/Robert Weiss/Fumi Tomita

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Lou Rainone: piano
Robert Weiss: drums
Fumi Tomita: bass

1. If Ever I Would Lose You (5:37)
2. Lazy Bird (4:58)
3. Oblivion (4:05)
4. Amanda (4:10)
5. For Heaven's Sake (5:36)
6. Strollin' (4:09)
7. Delilah (4:40)
8. Afternoon in Paris (5:28)
9. Sundown (4:58)
10. Lester Left Town (6:50)


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This recording was made with the intention of documenting a trio of jazz musicians who enjoyed playing together. The idea was to create an informal feel, thus there was minimal planning and most of the tracks are first takes. In retrospect we felt that this recording deserved to be heard. We hope you enjoy the music.

LouLOU RAINONE, drawing upon many musical influences , from the great innovators of jazz and classical music, to the rhythms of masters heard in Latin and African music, continues to develop a unique, voice on the piano.

In the late '70's, Lou began his career playing in hotels and clubs in Baltimore, and Washington. Here he worked extensively, both as a sideman and leader, appearing in festivals, jazz clubs, and concert halls in the area. With steady work, Lou continued his career in the Baltimore area well into the late '90's. His trio performed at both the Eubie Blake Festival, and the Kool Jazz Festival, and had his compositions debuted at the Res Musica concert series in the 1987. Later he played with musicians on tour in Baltimore and Washington, such as, Jim Snidero, Rick Margitza, Eric Alexander, Vincent Herring, Jim Rotundi, and Jimmy Heath. The Lou Rainone Quartet released two CD's; "One For Ruppert" in 1996, and "2nd Nature" released in 1998.

Since moving to New York in 2000, Lou has become an in demand pianist , both as sideman and leader. In both tours and local venues, Lou has appeared with musicians such as Randy Johnston, Ted Curson, Ira Sullivan, Grant Stewart, Dick Oats, Joe Cohn, John Hart, Ralph Lalama, Carrie Jackson, and Marko Marcinko. While touring with Buyu Ambroise, a Haitian saxophonist, Lou appeared at the 2007 Festival International de Port-Au-Prince in Haiti, as well as the 2005 Montreal International Nuits D'Afrique Festival. Other festivals include the Taichung Jazz Festival in Taiwan, 2006 Cape May Jazz Festival, the Princton Jazz Festival, the Drew University Jazz Festival, and the Nassau Jazz Festival in the Bahamas. In addition to teaching private students, Lou works as a clinician. He conducted workshops during the 2007 Penn State Jazz Festival in addition to performing there, and for the past 5 years has led clinics and master classes in Teipei, Taiwan. His PianoTeams pieces for 5 pianos are published by Piano Ensemble International. WEBSITE

RobertROBERT WEISSwas born in Northern California., grew up in Los Angeles and has been living in New York since 1998. He has been a professional drummer/percussionist for the last 25 years, effectively playing in and adding to a variety of musical situations. His skills as a jazz drummer began, with the help of his teacher, Kay Carlson, by performing with big bands in high school and college. He gained more experience in a variety of music ensembles while attending UCSD and through professional work in San Diego, Los Angeles and abroad with great vocalists, trios, and a quintet. He took lessons and attended workshops with drumming greats Joe LaBarbera, Michael Carvin, Jeff Hamilton and Billy Higgins, among others. Since living and performing in NY, he has been fortunate to work with many great people and has played in the Texaco Jazz Festival, the Hartford International Jazz Festival, at the 55 bar, Joe's Pub, the Carlyle Hotel, Birdland Jazz Club, on the NBC show, "Today in New York", on NY1 News, and live on air on WFUV FM from Bennett Studios among many other places. WEBSITE

FUMIFUMI TOMITA is a New York city jazz bass player. His first CD, Impromptu, a collaboration with pianist Lou Rainone and drummer Robert Weiss has just been released. Featuring an array of jazz standards, the trio swings from the first downbeat. Click here for more information.

As a sideman, Fumi has played at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Gracie Mansion, The Up Over Jazz Café, The 55 Bar, Cleopatra's Needle, the Garage as well as Cecils and Trumpets in New Jersey. He was the bassist on the national tour of the Nat King Cole tribute, Unforgettable. Festival appearances include the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz, the Henry Mancini Institute, and the Banff International Workshop in Jazz.

After working primarily as a sideman, Fumi began to find his own voice as a leader and began to host a number of gigs at the Garage, Miles Cafe/Somethin', and Tomi Jazz.

A native New Yorker, Fumi has studied bass at McGill University and the Manhattan School of Music. Before moving back to New York in 1998, Fumi has also lived and played in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Portland, Oregon. He has studied bass with Eric Lagace, Michel Donato, Larry Ridley, and Jay Anderson. Currently, he maintains a busy schedule of teaching and performing and is planning the release of his second CD, Untold, in the fall of 2012.