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Michael Formanek

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One marker of bassist Michael Formanek's creativity and versatility is the range of distinguished musicians of several generations he's worked with. While still a teenager in the 1970s he toured with drummer Tony Williams and saxophonist Joe Henderson; starting in the '80s he played long stints with Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Fred Hersch and Freddie Hubbard. (As a callback to those days, Formanek recorded with hardbop pianist Freddie Redd in 2013). The bassist has played a pivotal role on New York's creative jazz scene going back to the '90s when he notably led his own quintet and played in Tim Berne's barnstorming quartet Bloodcount

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Sparkle Beings

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: A Fungus Amungus; Generational Bonds; With (Exit); Phantasmic Friend; Preludio a un Preludio; Sparkly Beings; Sleeping Lady and the Giant that Watches Over Her.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Pianoless Trios: Sonny Rollins to Ballister

Read "Pianoless Trios: Sonny Rollins to Ballister" reviewed by David Brown


Sonny Rollins is famous for the pianoless trio. He said the lack of chordal instruments gave him more freedom for soloing. Tonight, a smorgasbord of trios sans pianos. Offering lots of space for soloists and collective interplay. Note: Due to a loose board plug, songs two and three play in mono. The issue was resolved during ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Francesca Remigi, Fujii/Fonda & Albert Cirera

Read "Francesca Remigi, Fujii/Fonda & Albert Cirera" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Italian drummer {m: Francesca Remigi}} has been turning heads with her playing and compositions, and her second release, The Human Web, will no doubt add to a growing reputation for originality. This time she looks at the effects of technology and social media on society. Fittingly she put this album together with contributions from the other ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Formanek, Lopez/Laubrock/Rainey & Piotr Damasiewicz

Read "Michael Formanek, Lopez/Laubrock/Rainey & Piotr Damasiewicz" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


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, ...

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Article: Album Review

Tony Malaby: The Cave of Winds

Read "The Cave of Winds" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Veteran of Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra and many of Kris Davis' intriguing forays, saxophonist Tony Malaby is by far no stranger to the other side of the music where paradigms slip from measure to measure, not to note. So The Cave of Winds, Malaby's dust-up with his electric quartet Sabino, ...

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Article: Album Review

Tony Malaby: The Cave of Winds

Read "The Cave of Winds" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Saxophonist Tony Malaby releases a 21st century version of Sonny Rollins' The Bridge (RCA Victor, 1962). During Rollins' three year voluntary hiatus from performing in the later '50s, he took to practicing on the Williamsburg Bridge near his Lower East Side neighborhood. Malaby, a resident of Jersey City in 2020, was also on a hiatus of ...

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Solos & Duets: Dave Rimpus, Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson, Mingus and more

Read "Solos & Duets: Dave Rimpus, Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson, Mingus and more" reviewed by David Brown


In a duo performance, musicians become instrumental equals. The interchange of ideas and flow of music is like a conversation. And for the artist who performs solo, there is no place to hide. Today, we present a smorgasbord of solo and duo performances from Coleman Hawkins to Colin Stetson, Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson to Duke ...

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Just Me, Just Me

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Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 4:15

Album

Everything Happens To Be.

Label: BAG Production
Released: 2021
Track listing: What About; 21; Fred Hampton; Everything Happens To Be.; Cold Weather; Chorale Type; Tomas Plays the Drums; Long Last Moment; To-Ron-To; Abide With Me


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