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Michael Formanek: Small Places

Read "Small Places" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Bassist Michael Formanek's second release on ECM, Small Places, is an impassioned and gratifying album. Working with the same quartet as his first, The Rub and Spare Change (ECM, 2010), the music here has crystallized and matured further as the familiarity and camaraderie among the artists has grown.

Although The Rub was freer ...

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Michael Formanek: Small Places

Read "Small Places" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

A due anni da The Rub and Spare Change , sempre su ECM, ecco la nuova fatica di quell'autentica all stars che è il quartetto di Michael Formanek. Le attese, anche stavolta, non vanno certo deluse. I due brani iniziali, molto geometrici, per così dire appuntiti, sembrano in verità risentire qua e là di un minimo di rigidità, in quanto ...

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Michael Formanek: Small Places

Read "Small Places" reviewed by Troy Collins

Small Places is bassist Michael Formanek's follow-up to 2009's The Rub and Spare Change, his critically acclaimed ECM debut as a leader. While Formanek's sophomore effort for the label features the same high profile sidemen, it differs in that the lineup rehearsed the material live before heading into the studio with producer Manfred Eicher, where every ...

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Michael Formanek: Small Places

Read "Small Places" reviewed by John Kelman

It's no secret that pathological fans view every artist discovered as a new branch on an endlessly growing musical tree. It should come as no surprise, then, that labels--at least, those run by folks as pathological as the fans they hope to attract--operate with the same eye to discovery and expansion. ECM has, in its forty-plus ...