Michael Formanek - Small Places | ECM 3709441

Michael Formanek - Small Places

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Label: ECM

Cat No: 3709441

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Jazz

Release Date: 24th September 2012

Contents

Artists

Michael Formanek (double bass)
Tim Berne (alto saxophone)
Craig Taborn (piano)
Gerald Cleaver (drums, shruti box)

Artists

Michael Formanek (double bass)
Tim Berne (alto saxophone)
Craig Taborn (piano)
Gerald Cleaver (drums, shruti box)

About

Small Places is double bassist/composer Michael Formanek’s follow-up to “The Rub and Spare Change”, his widely lauded ECM debut as a leader. That 2010 release garnered a rare five-star review in DownBeat magazine, while The New York Times described the disc as being “graceful in its subversions, often even sumptuous”. The review in Progression perhaps puts it best: “This type of listening experience, dense yet luminiferous, treads the tightrope between cerebral and streetwise in a damn cool way.” The new album features the same powerhouse band of long-time confreres, with Formanek in telepathic league with saxophonist Tim Berne, pianist Craig Taborn and drummer Gerald Cleaver. If anything, Small Places is a step beyond this quartet’s first release, with the compositions and improvisation blending so seamlessly that a listener is scarcely able to tell where one leaves off and the other begins. Earthy yet atmospheric, this is very 21st-century American jazz, the music brimming with piquant riffs and muscular ostinatos, rich in melodic possibility and the sound of surprise.

Tracklist:
1. Small Places
2. Pong
3. Parting Ways
4. Rising Tensions and Awesome Light
5. Slightly Off Axis
6. Seeds and Birdman
7. Wobble and Spill
8. Soft Reality

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