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Michael Formanek

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

Pedernal

Label: Relative Pitch Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Pedernal; Circular Ruins; R.U.R.; A Night in Gdansk; Northeast Rising Sun.

The Anthony Braxton Project

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Composition No. 52; Composition No. 157; Composition No. 14: Guitar; Composition No.68; Composition No.274; Composition No. 14: Drums; Composition No. 61; Composition No. 35; Composition No. 14: Bass; Composition No. 150; Composition No. 79.

Artlessly Falling

Label: Firehouse 12 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Lemon Trees; Last-Minute Smears; Walls and Roses; Muzzling Unwashed; Bigger Flames; Mexican War Streets (Pittsburgh); A Nearing; Artlessly Falling.

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Lucia Cadotsch, Dark Horse, Oaagaada, Sabu Toyozumi and More

Read "Lucia Cadotsch, Dark Horse, Oaagaada, Sabu Toyozumi and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

As often happens on this show, the recordings we featured emanate from many countries, and this episode is no different. New releases include those by Japanese drumming legend Sabu Toyozumi (recorded in The Philippines), Sweden's Dark Horse, French drummer Raphael Pannier, Finland's Oaagaada, Italy's Ground 71, and Swiss vocalist Lucia Cadotsch. American baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton ...

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Nate Wooley: Seven Storey Mountain VI

Read "Seven Storey Mountain VI" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

From 2010 onwards, composer-trumpeter Nate Wooley has explored creative music as a solo artist and through a spectrum of collaborators such as Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Mary Halvorson, Ken Vandermark, and Matthew Shipp. These projects have been offset by Wooley's Seven Storey Mountain succession of releases; Seven Storey Mountain VI is a masterwork of expressionist passion and ...

The Volcanic World Of Pyroclastic Records

Read "The Volcanic World Of Pyroclastic Records" reviewed by Mark Corroto

As listeners we so often typecast musicians and music labels. Artists are pigeonholed into silos: classical, jazz, rock, blues, pop, etc.. Go into any record store (if you can find a brick & mortar one) and this segregation, a forced separation, is also evident. Even streaming services are divided in this manner. Maybe it is just ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mary Halvorson's Code Girl: Artlessly Falling

Read "Artlessly Falling" reviewed by Vic Albani

Esistono due donne nel mondo del jazz moderno che hanno mostrato di conoscere e capire in toto il genio musicale di Robert Wyatt. La prima, molto tempo fa e quindi in tempi non sospetti, è stata Carla Bley e non c'è altro da aggiungere. La seconda, che è invece colei di cui vogliamo scrivere, è Mary ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mary Halvorson's Code Girl: Artlessly Falling

Read "Artlessly Falling" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Aside from her most obvious musical talents, including her phenomenal guitar chops and her budding talent as a lyricist, Mary Halvorson has a special gift for understanding the abilities of her bandmates and drawing out their strengths to the fullest. Part of it is the way she tends to keep the same company in her assorted ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tim Berne: The Deceptive 4—Live

Read "The Deceptive 4—Live" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The difference between disc one and disc two of Tim Berne's Snakeoil release The Deceptive 4, two live recordings made eight years apart, might be the same difference between Miles Davis' first and second great quintets. Where Davis' The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions (Prestige, 2006) with John Coltrane from 1955-56 are stellar, they lack the complex ...


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