Tomo Fujita | Put On Your Funk Face

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Put On Your Funk Face

by Tomo Fujita

A mix of funk, blues and jazz. Tasty guitar driven music.
Genre: Blues: Jazzy Blues
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1. Crossing
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2. Burbank Street
5:31 $0.99
3. Song for Samantha
5:16 $0.99
4. Meltdown
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5. Just Funky
6:55 $0.99
6. Dreaming of You
1:28 $0.99
7. Orange Juice & Water
5:36 $0.99
8. I Like Your Smile
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9. Cat Walk
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10. I Have No Clue
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11. Don't Wake Me
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Album Notes
Tomo Fujita possesses all the elements of great musicianship: astounding technical ability, flawless rhythm skills, and a total command of his instrument. But if asked, Tomo would tell you that music is not just about playing. It’s about feeling. He has a remarkable ability to inject emotion into every phrase he plays, whether the style is blues, jazz, funk or rock.

Tomo earned a degree at Berklee College of Music and has been a faculty member at Berklee since 1993. Perhaps the most famous of his former Berklee students are Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno (Kraz) and John Mayer. Tomo is also affiliated with the major music schools in his native Japan. His articles have been published in the Japanese magazines Jazz Life and Jazz Guitar, and he is a regular contributor to the Japanese edition of Guitar magazine. His instructional materials are especially popular in Japan, where guitar players have bought more than 100,000 copies of his videos and books.

Tomo has performed with some of the best, including Phil Collins, John Mayer, James Genus (Saturday Night Live), Will Lee (Late Show with David Letterman), Kenwood Dennard (Jaco Pastorious, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith), Darryl Jones (Miles Davis, Sting, Rolling Stones), Paul Jackson (Herbie Hancock, Headhunters), Ronnie Earl, Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, Steve Jordan and Susan Tedeschi. Tomo also enjoyed a guitar-playing gig in a Boston production of the musical Rent.

Influences: B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Pass, Larry Carlton, Ray Charles, James Brown, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many others.

Gear: Fender Guitars and Amplifiers, Eminence Speakers, Fuchs Amplifiers, Xotic Effects, Bob Burt Custom Cabinets, Hao Rumble Mod Pedals, D'Addario Strings and signature series Pickboy picks.

USA Instructional Materials: Accelerate Your Guitar Playing (DVD with Booklet, Berklee Press/Hal Leonard); Instant Guitar (Book and CD, Berklee Press/Hal Leonard).

CD’s: Put On Your Funk Face (1996); Untitled (2001); Right Place, Right Time (2007).



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tom schlosser

great grooves!


2001 Live in Japan Vol 1
As many have stated here and I have elsewhere 'Get Your Funk Face On' is a fantastic CD through and through. One owes it to themselves to purchase the album in its entirety and to equally give every track the attention it will give. With this opportunity I would like to take a moment to lend credence to Tomo's follwing release which can be purchased directly from his website.

It is more than evident that Tomo is an extremely skillful musician, and is also enjoyable to listen to. This live CD’s five tracks are each representative of the artist, and musicians, at a particular time, yet none are constricted by that time throughout.

Tomo plays with much feel and many dynamics are present throughout his picking and strumming. Many nuances can be heard from his playing whether in the confines of a studio setting, or just as much as in a more open live setting such as this CD of his. Upon listening to it many subtle attributes are scattered throughout the pieces all-the-while adding flavorful accents to the mix.

It is here where one can easily take note of the fact that the instrument is but a tool (albeit a significant tool) for Tomo to express his musical ideas and what comes from within regardless of the session. As it is music can easily communicate to anyone, by and large, far and wide, who is open to be receptive to it. As such the language is universal.

I really liked Tomo's opening tune on 'Live in Japan Vol. 1' (2001) titled ‘Confidence Cat,’ as it is extremely over the top and brimming with energy between all members of the band on that particular night. Upon my very first listen I could imagine this track being included on a soundtrack, or being played in full in the background to a scene used in a movie. Or perhaps even as a forefront as it evokes a feel that is so lively and atmospheric. It has a certain ambiance to it that could be just as distinctive and effective on the "big screen" than at home on a stereo unit.

The distinct tonal differences between Tomo's guitar and the keyboard player really push one another out as definite individual instruments, yet sometimes the two intermingle and overlap in just the right way that it's as if they become one unique instrument unto themselves, flowing in the same direction, not particularly in unison per se, though definitely two seamlessly interacting as one. Sound wise they compliment one another and are very simpatico-like.

As it is, the bass keeps a very melodic and very interesting, slippery, jazzy, thumpy sounding groove, which further propels the song. While unforgettably, and behind them all, the drums add just that much more texture to the song. An all-the-more added “extra touch,” or “perfect ingredient” to the mix, keeping them together, like an adhesive, yet not too sticky, allowing them to fully be able to explore their capabilities within the very song's structure.

When 'Right Place, Right Time' came out in 2006 Tomo revamped his original version of ‘Confidence Cat’ and took it in a slightly different direction as ‘Confidence Cat 2.’ To be treated to an outstanding live version, aurally and visually, one should definitely get and view Tomo's 2008 DVD/video release, ‘Energy.’ Recorded at the 'Toga Toga' venue in Kyoto Japan. Tomo is joined onstage with a special guest appearance by his friend, Toshi Hiketa (on guitar), making for an enjoyable addition to the sound and overall experience that particular night. As both versions are worth the listen it's interesting to hear the different backing band's representations of this song, as both are played live in Japan yet with some time passing between each respective recorded version.

From listening to many of Tomo’s works I’ve noticed that he quite tastefully uses the seemingly lost art of incorporating volume swells as an added subtle effect that really does push the guitar's overall possibilities with expression. Thus adding a vocal-like voicing reminiscent at times to a violin depending on the sweep's range and his touch. It is here during moments like this where the additional dynamics are really what enable a player, such as Tomo, to reach and achieve much more distinctive characterization and creativity from the instrument. Centered and focused, always as if it's all second nature to him.

Another track from the album 'Live in Japan Vol. 1' titled ‘Old Folks’ just absolutely leaves me speechless. Such clarity, smoothness, glassy sparkle, and color. A jazzy piece that is absolutely lush in eloquence and feel. If sound was truly a tactile experience, or enabled texture hapticly this would be viscous without any of the stickiness. Enjoy listening to it with a good set of headphones on as your ears will all-the-more hear the depth and dimensionality present, which in turn help give it that very sensation of a solid form. Then listen to it on a set of speakers with enough separation between the two to let the air flow about. As it still retains this illusionary form of depth it also becomes very airy, and light, dispersing clearly yet remaining in the atmosphere with it’s light touch. Invisible yet thinner than a cloud and thicker than smoke wafting in the very club he’s playing it in. Tomo easily treats the senses to a rapturous experience in less than two and a half minutes. It definitely leaves you wanting more, but allows you to appreciate that moment as it was given, shared, and meant to be heard.

akphon bunyavijak

fantastic crossover in funk groove
great!good combination in most fresh beat music from rock to funk to jazz n him in

William E Hilson

Smokin' Hot
That's what I'm talking about. . . funky-hot blues funk, a rock-jazz kind of thing with a deep pocket and a serious groove. I'd move back to Boston just to be able to hear Tomo lay this stuff down live in a great club. Yeah, I'm diggin' it.