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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



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2024
Track listing: Fandango; En seres; Visiones; Abismales; Primera.


The Last Quiet Place

Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Anticipation; Grammy Season; The Last Quiet Place; Delusions; Afterglow; Chant II.


As Things Do

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Bury the Lede; Rewind; In Turn; Rockaway Beach; Cracked Bells; Entropy; I Don’t Think So; Gone Home.


Article: Album Review

Nicolas Politzer: Visiones

Read "Visiones" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

At first encounter, as the Cecil Taylor infused “Fandango" kick-starts Argentinian drummer Nicolas Politzer's highly recommended Visiones, a keen perception of falling, or at least cliff-side vertigo, accompanies the rancorous performance. But do not let go. Hang on. There is resolution. Politzer's angular musicality makes for some fiery and spirited discussions with well-travelled bassist ...

Article: Album Review

The Angelica Sanchez Nonet: Nighttime Creatures

Read "Nighttime Creatures" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Pubblicato dalla Pyroclastic Records, Nighttime Creatures è il magistrale debutto del nonet della pianista Angelica Sanchez, organico che riunisce alcuni protagonisti della scene musicali di New York, Los Angeles e San Francisco: i sassofonisti Chris Speed e Michael Attias, il clarinettista Ben Goldberg, il cornettista Kenny Warren, il trombettista Thomas Heberer, il chitarrista Omar Tamez, il ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Shuteen Erdenebaatar, James Brandon Lewis, Léon Phal, Logan Kane & More

Read "Shuteen Erdenebaatar, James Brandon Lewis, Léon Phal, Logan Kane & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

James Brandon Lewis' homage to Mahalia Jackson, the ongoing Eastern and microtonal adventures of Lucian Ban, Mat Maneri, Fabio Delvò's fellowship and an exciting posse of emerging artists in their twenties make this hour of Mondo Jazz a treasure trove of sonic delights.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison Mondo Jazz Theme 0:00 Léon Phal “Stress ...


Article: Album Review

Tomas Fujiwara’s 7 Poets Trio: Pith

Read "Pith" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The instructions that came with Tomas Fujiwara's 2019 release, 7 Poets Trio (RogueArt), read, “I'd like to tell you as little as possible about this music before you listen to it... and create your own scenes for which these songs can be soundtracks." The same advice is warranted for Fujiwara's 7 Poets Trio follow up recording ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Vinny Golia, James Brandon Lewis & Eric Plaks

Read "Vinny Golia, James Brandon Lewis & Eric Plaks" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The full title to veteran California free jazz saxophonist and icon Vinny Golia's latest recording is very long (Even to This Day... Music for Orchestra and Soloists Movement Two: Syncretism: For The Draw but it pales in comparison to the length of the recording: 13.5 hours plus. Golia began he project before Covid. It features solo, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Weather Report, Joe Zawinul, Mark Isham and Aki Rissanen

Read "Weather Report, Joe Zawinul, Mark Isham and Aki Rissanen" reviewed by Len Davis

Music from Weather Report and Joe Zawinul and trumpeter Mark Isham paying tribute to Miles Davis. New music from German band Metrik System featuring Richard Hallebeek. Also, the John Irvine Band, the latest from Michael Formanek, Anthony Pirog and Mike Pride and from Finland, pianist Aki Rissanen.Playlist Weather Report “Boogie Boogie Waltz" from The ...


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