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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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Dyads

Label: Out Of Your Head Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Two, Not One; Wandering, Searching, Digging, Uncovering; After You; The Woods; Push Comes To Shove; How Was The Drive?; There's No There There; Hoarse Syrinx; Wavy Lines; Hurricane; Ballad Of The Weak; DNA; That Was Then.

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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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Turnpike Diaries Volume 1

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Los Jefes; Slap Happy.

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Unconventional Instruments

Read "Unconventional Instruments" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


ECM regularly tops lists of the best jazz labels though their full name--Edition of Contemporary Music--would argue for a broader scope of content. A substantial number of their most popular albums, such as Carla Bley's Escalator Over The Hill (1974), Egberto Gismonti: Dança Dos Escravos (1989), Nils Petter Molvær's Khmer (1997), and many more, are not ...

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Article: Radio

Costanza Alegiani, Charlie Hunter, Christian McBride, Nicole Johänntgen & Other New Releases

Read "Costanza Alegiani, Charlie Hunter, Christian McBride, Nicole Johänntgen & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In the two weeks since our last new releases special, so much great music came to our attention that today we have one of those shows that some define as “all killer, no filler..." except that I don't like to think of music as “killing," but you catch my drift. A special focus on ...

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Article: Album Review

Ben Goldberg: Everything Happens To Be.

Read "Everything Happens To Be." reviewed by John Chacona


The music of Ben Goldberg seems to come from a place outside of time--or maybe it comes from several times simultaneously. Maybe it's the instruments he chooses; while the clarinet family has been on the comeback trail in jazz for a quarter century, it's a sound that invariably invokes the New Orleans of a century ago. ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Pandemic Sessions: Duos, Part 1

Read "The Pandemic Sessions: Duos, Part 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto


After the initial shock of the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown, artists did what artists do. Unable to tour, many musicians created solo projects. Musicians, like other sentient beings though, crave contact, so when some of the most severe restrictions lifted, duos were formed and production returned. These small positive steps (note: some were recorded before ...

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Article: Album Review

Warriors of the Wonderful Sound: Soundpath

Read "Soundpath" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Nel 2011 il sassofonista di Filadelfia Bobby Zankel, leader della big band The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound e promotore di laboratori di musica contemporanea, propose a Muhal Richard Abrams un lavoro compositivo che avrebbe dovuto essere affidato alla band, con la direzione dello stesso pianista. Operazioni di questo tipo erano già state realizzate da Zankel ...

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Article: Interview

Ariele Monti: la filosofia inclusiva di Area Sismica

Read "Ariele Monti: la filosofia inclusiva di Area Sismica" reviewed by Libero Farnè


A Ravaldino in Monte, pochi chilometri a sud di Forlì, in una rustica e isolata casa di campagna ai piedi delle colline romagnole, per la precisione una Casa del Popolo costruita nel 1947, ha sede Area Sismica, uno dei locali più vivaci, autentici e accoglienti in cui ascoltare musica dal vivo con poche preclusioni di genere. ...


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