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Michael Formanek, Lopez/Laubrock/Rainey & Piotr Damasiewicz


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This episode of OMJ is packed with great improvisers and musical explorers. The much-respected bassist Michael Formanek found the isolation of the pandemic gave him time to look at music a little differently, and the result was an exploration of what he calls palindromic music. That's the basis for his new release with his Drome Trio, Were We Where We Were. Brandon Lopez (bass), Ingrid Laubrock (reeds), and Tom Rainey (drums) show the depth of their improvisatory powers on their latest No Es La Playa. There's a bunch of new things from Europe artists, led by the brilliant Polish trumpet player, Piotr Damasiewicz, trio Punkt.Vrt.Plastik, and three from France, saxophonist Sylvain Cathala, the quartet Otok, and the large ensemble, Healing Orchestra.


  • Brandon Lopez, Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey "Saturnian Staring" from No Es La Playa (Intakt) 00:00
  • Host speaks 08:03
  • Brandon Lopez, Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey "No Es La Playa" from No Es La Playa (Intakt) 09:01
  • Barber Mouse "Monk's Dream" from Heretic Monk (Auand) 22:29
  • The Dark "Martin Högberg" from The Dark (Just For The Records) 28:26
  • Host speaks 33:18
  • Sylvain Cathala Quintet "My Strong Identity, My Real Self 2" from Poetry Of Storms (Triton) 35:22
  • Felix Hauptmann "Once" from Percussion (Boomslang) 43:56
  • Host speaks 51:29
  • Otok "La Serenade De Nelson" from Cabrioles Cérébrales Et Accidents Psychotiques (LFDS) 53:17
  • OK-KO "Arvo" from Liesu (We Jazz) 1:01:29
  • Jan Garbarek, Arild Andersen & Edward Vesala "Tryptykon" from Tryptykon (ECM) 1:06:18
  • Host speaks 1:18:55
  • Michael Formanek & Drome Trio "Never Odd Or Even" from Were We Where We Were (Circular File) 1:21:56
  • Sergio Armaroli & Giancarlo Schiaffini 4Tet "Blue Monk" from Monkish (Round 'Bout Thelonious) (Dodicilune) 1:34:02
  • Dave Rempis, Elisabeth Harnik & Michael Zerang "Macateta" from Astragaloi (Aerophonic) 1:39:15
  • Host speaks 1:44:11
  • Piotr Damasiewicz & Viennese Connections}} "Introduction" from Vienna Suite (L.A.S.) 1:45:54
  • Piotr Damasiewicz & Viennese Connections "Suite #1 Part 1" from Vienna Suite (L.A.S.) 1:47:25
  • Andy Emler MegaOctet "La Megaruse" from Obssession 3 (La Buissonne) 1:53:57
  • Eric Fratzke's Fake Accent "City Science" from Four Serious Allegations (Self-released) 2:01:29
  • Host speaks 2:09:59
  • Punkt Vrt Plastik "Nuremburg Amok" from Zurich Live (Intakt) 2:11:41
  • Friends & Neighbors "Salad Days" from The Earth Is # (Clean Feed) 2:18:18
  • James Brandon Lewis Red Lily Quintet "Jesup Wagon" from Jesup Wagon (Tao Forms) 2:21:02
  • Host speaks 2:27:20
  • STL Free Jazz Collective "America Loves Its Guns More Than Its Children" from Live At Holmes Lounge (Self-released) 2:29:06
  • Lisa Ullen "Tempest" from Space (Relative Pitch) 2:37:26
  • Host speaks 2:48:33
  • Healing Orchestra "Blooming In Tough Days" from Free Jazz For The People (LFDS) 2:49:29

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