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Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus: The Distance

Read "The Distance" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Riporta alla mente esperienze tipo quelle, gloriose, consumate a cavallo fra anni Sessanta e Settanta dal cenacolo raccolto attorno alla premiata ditta Carla Bley/Michael Mantler, questo notevole nuovo lavoro di Michael Formanek (incisione del dicembre 2014). Ora come allora, un manipolo di solisti (ma anche compositori, leader, ecc.) tra i migliori in circolazione si riunsicono attorno ...

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Michael Formanek’s Ensemble Kolossus: The Distance

Read "The Distance" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Here's a surprise. Bassist Michael Formanek is probably best known for his two recent ECM Records dates, Rub and Spare Change (2010) and Small Places, a couple of modernistic quartet sessions featuring saxophonist Tim Berne, pianist Craig Taborn and drummer Gerald Cleaver. These are tight and intense sets, architecturally solid, free-like outings that may have helped ...

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Michael Formanek’s Ensemble Kolossus: The Distance

Read "The Distance" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Jazz composers writing for large ensembles have often avoided the label “big band," going back to the Jazz Composer's Orchestra in the '60s, not to mention Sun Ra's Arkestra and the many Swing Era bands that called themselves orchestras. It's an understandable choice, given the unavoidable--and potentially limiting--stylistic associations that come with the big band name. ...

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Chris Gestrin / Ben Monder / Dylan van der Schyff: The Distance

Read "The Distance" reviewed by Tom Greenland

An elaborative collaboration, The Distance--featuring Chris Gestrin (prepared & unprepared piano), Ben Monder (eclectic guitar), and Dylan van der Schyff (percussion)--is an expansive set, demonstrating the instant and infinite affinity possible when like musical minds meet. Recorded at the 2004 Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the CD documents a fast and freely composed concert of chamber jazz. ...

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Chris Gestrin / Ben Monder / Dylan van der Schyff: The Distance

Read "The Distance" reviewed by Troy Collins

Tony Reif, the head of Songlines, conspired with Vancouver International Jazz Festival promoter Ken Pickering to organize a concert featuring invited guest guitarist Ben Monder playing in an improvised trio format with the established duo of percussionist Dylan van der Schyff and pianist Chris Gestrin. Van der Schyff and Gestrin have a history of playing together, ...

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Chris Gestrin / Ben Monder / Dylan van der Schyff: The Distance

Read "The Distance" reviewed by John Kelman

Creative jazz festival promoters have the unique opportunity to bring together artists who have never worked together but share common ground. Such collaborations are inherently risky; still, this type of gamble can sometimes yield a festival's most memorable moments. While Canadian pianist Chris Gestrin and percussionist Dylan van der Schyff had worked together on Gestrin's Stillpoint ...