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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

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.

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Albums from Urbex, Alex Moxon, Steve Slagle and Toc

Read "Albums from Urbex, Alex Moxon, Steve Slagle and Toc" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this week's show we feature music from Belgian drummer's Antoine Pierre's project Urbex, inspired by the electric period of Miles Davis, and in particular Bitches Brew. I also feature Canadian guitarist Alex Moxon with his debut recording and Steve Slagle celebrating Charlie Parker's centenary. There's more new music with two new releases from the Circum-Disc ...

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Charlotte Greve, Lynn Cassiers, Federica Michisanti & Camila Nebbia

Read "Charlotte Greve, Lynn Cassiers, Federica Michisanti & Camila Nebbia" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

These days no one should be surprised at the quantity of highly talented women instrumentalists active in the current jazz and creative music scene. They come from all over the globe, and this episode casts the spotlight on some with current new releases: New York-based German saxophonist Charlotte Greve (The Choir Invisible), Belgian singer and keyboardist ...

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Dan Pitt: Monochrome

Read "Monochrome" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Toronto-based guitarist Dan Pitt debuted as a recording artist in 2019 with his trio outing, Fundamentally Flawed (2019). A versatile gutarist who plays in a variety of styles, he has performed with cellist Andrew Downing, saxophonists Tim Berne and Michael Attias, and bassist Michael Formanek. Monochrome, Pitt's offering for 2020, is a solo guitar ...

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Michael Formanek Live plus new and forthcoming releases

Read "Michael Formanek Live plus new and forthcoming releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

In this edition of the show there are lots of new and forthcoming releases including music from the Orbit577, Edition Records and ears&eyes labels. I am also continuing my exploration of the back catalogue of Italian saxophonist Felice Clemente. The main focus of the show is new work from impressive guitarist Dan Pitt, and, a fascinating ...

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Wasilewski Trio with Joe Lovano and Thumbscrew interpret Braxton

Read "Wasilewski Trio with Joe Lovano and Thumbscrew interpret Braxton" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we feature the beautiful new album from the Marcin Wasilewski Trio with Joe Lovano, cutting edge improvisation with Cooper-Moore & Stephen Gauci and No Horns, Thumbscrew interpreting the compositions of Anthony Braxton, and, new sounds from Anteloper and Michael Sarian. Also further investigation of the back catalogue of Felice Clemente, something old and something ...

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Thumbscrew: The Anthony Braxton Project

Read "The Anthony Braxton Project" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The Thumbscrew trio celebrates avant-garde legend Anthony Braxton's 75th birthday with this project. Given access to the Tricentric Archives of Braxton's work, they focused on previously unrecorded pieces by the composer, multi-wind master and bandleader. In addition to their playing history together guitarist Mary Halvorson, double bassist Michael Formanek and drummer/vibraphonist Tomas Fujiwara have all had ...

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Daniel Bingert, Andrea Keller, Antoine Pierre & New Releases

Read "Daniel Bingert, Andrea Keller, Antoine Pierre & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

It's time to get back to the new releases menu for the month of August and its delicious assortment of modern jazz infused with timeless Miles Davis aromas, forward looking fare marked by traces of Tim Berne, as well as gargantuan ensembles for good measure. Bon appetit! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

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A focus on Tom Rainey, Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson

Read "A focus on Tom Rainey, Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we feature some exciting new albums from Vanessa Perica, Dan Pocetti and Noshir Mody The main focus is on the work of Tom Rainey, Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson with music from the first album released under Rainey's name and then each musician explored in other projects. These selections clearly ...


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