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Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet, Illegal Crowns, and Iyer / Aftab / Ismaily


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Debuting this episode are new albums from bassist Michael Formanek and his Elusion Quartet (Tony Malaby, Kris Davis & Ches Smith), Illegal Crowns (Mary Halvorson, Taylor Ho Bynum, Benoit Delbecq & Tomas Fujiwara, and the trio of {m: Vijay Iyer}}, Arooj Aftab & Shahzad Ismaily with their Love In Exile. I expect to see all of those on best-of lists at the end of the year, and Love In Exile may well appear in many genres. It's a bit uncategorizable. Also heard for the first time are new albums from bassist James Ilgenfritz, three from Germany (vocalist Barbara Barth, drummer Florian Arbenz and the quartet Perplexities On Mars, and London Brew, an all-star group of English players who decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bitches Brew. You'll also hear tunes recognizing the passing of three greats: Karl Berger, Kidd Jordan and Harrison Bankhead.


  • Michael Blake & Chroma Nova "Little Demons" from Dance Of The Mystic Bliss (P&M) 00:00
  • Host speaks 06:33
  • Michael Formanek's Elusion Quartet "Cracked Bells" from As Things Do (Intakt) 09:21
  • Burning Ghosts "Fanfare For The End Of Truth" from American Circus (Orenda) 19:32
  • Francois Houle Genera Sextet "Gish Gallop" from In Memoriam (Clean Feed) 27:27
  • Host speaks 34:58
  • London Brew "It's One Of Them" from London Brew (Concord Jazz) 36:38
  • Matt Mitchell "Ruly" from Oblong Aplomb (Out Of Your Head) 43:28
  • Roots Magic "Things Have Got To Change" from Long Old Road (Clean Feed) 47:39
  • Host speaks 54:59
  • James Ilgenfritz "Frontalmatter" from Entrainments (Infrequent Seams) 57:04
  • Luca Lo Bianco "Sarajevo Taxi Driver" from Human Plots (Gleam) 1:03:32
  • Host speaks 1:10:13
  • Peplexities On Mars "Shmoo" from Perseverance (Jazzhausmusik) 1:11:04
  • Michael Formanek's Elusion Quartet "Rockaway Beach" from As Things Do (Intakt) 1:21:31
  • Host speaks 1:28:46
  • Florian Arbenz "Freedom Jazz Dance" from Conversation # 9—Targeted (Hammer) 1:29:57
  • Max Johnson Trio "Greenwood" from In The West (Clean Feed) 1:37:38
  • Barbara Barth "They Say" from All Or Nothing At All(Jazzhausmusik) 1:44:53
  • Host speaks 1:50:02
  • Brent Cordero & Peter Kerlin "Between The Carrot And The Stick" from A Sublime Madness (Astral Spirits) 1:51:41
  • Illegal Crowns "Fading Wave" from Unfolding (Out Of Your Head) 2:03:30
  • Host speaks 2:12:18
  • Illegal Crowns "Cracked Frame" from Unfolding (Out Of Your Head) 2:13:45
  • Kidd Jordan "Re-Rebirth Of The Cool" from Last Trane To New Orleans (RJ Records) 2:21:14
  • Host speaks 2:29:05
  • Karl Berger, Max Johnson & Mike Pride "Ginger Blues" from Sketches (Fresh Sound) 2:31:21
  • Karl Berger & Kirk Knuffke "Ornette" from Heart Is A Melody (Stunt) 2:39:11
  • Harrison Bankhead "Chicago Senorita" from Morning Sun, Harvest Moon (Engine) 2:45:35
  • Host speaks 2:51:43
  • Vijay Iyer, Arooj Aftab & Shahzad Ismaily "Shadow Forces" from Love In Exile (Verve) 2:53:09

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