Press: Reviews, Articles, and Interviews

Celebrating Bird 

"This is bop for today, taken seriously, paying homage to a past master but playing the music in the style and manner of today with fresh, invigorating compositions." 
Review from Jazz Journal, March 24, 2021

"Unbridled Bird"
Charlie Parker article from Downbeat, December 7, 2020

"Fumi Tomita on Jazz and Academia"
Interview from Contrabass Conversations, September 28, 2020

"Tomita's touch is nimble" 
Review from Jazz Weekly, November 12, 2020 

"Fumi Tomita honors Charlie Parker with "Celebrating Bird""
Feature from, October 28, 2020

"With chops to spare, this is some solid straight ahead jazz that's a treat throughout." 
Review from Midwest Record, August, 15, 2020

"Bassist Fumi Tomita Explores the Musical Conception of Charlie Parker with "Celebrating Bird""
Review from PRWeb, July 30, 2020


The Elephant Vanishes 

"Masa S.K.Ratkje, Fumi Tomita interpret works of literature"
in Downbeat, July 3, 2019

"Interview with Fumi Tomita: I interpret Murakami’s stories as 20/21st century modern blues stories"
Interview for JazzBluesNews, June 29, 2019

"The band play well together as a group and because of the leader’s themes and his inspiration from the stories, there is a freshness and originality about these tracks."
Review from Jazz Journal, February 16, 2021

"The music is uncluttered and mature, appealing to ears and mind"
Review from Jazz Weekly, June 20, 2019

"Fumi Tomita channels Haruki Murakami" on "The Elephant Vanishes"
Feature from NoTreble, April 27, 2019

"Bass ace does his impressionistic versions of Japanese short stories"
Review from Midwest Record, April 3, 2019

"The literary themes of each story are transformed into musical ones through Tomita’s picturesque and vivid compositions. The result is a mature, cerebral and vibrant brainchild which exudes respect and devotion to its muse. The Elephant Vanishes is a subtle yet powerful effort which conveys humility and patience putting the music ahead of any unnecessary bravado." 
Feature from NextBop