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Time like This

Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet

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Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet
Culture of None
Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet
A Fine Mess
Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet
This May Get Ugly
Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet
The Soul Goodbye
Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet
That Was Then
Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet
The New Normal
Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet
Total Playing Time    58:40
"As one zeroes in on the details of Time Like This, it's clear that this sort of emotional immediacy permeates the album. You hear it in Kris Davis' flowing, balletic solo on 'A Fine Mess'; in Tony Malaby's ululating tenor cries on 'The Soul Goodbye'; in Ches Smith's raucous grooves on 'That Was Then'; or the leader's poised, sinewy lines on 'Culture of None.' Elusive? Certainly. But as this album proves, under the right conditions, with the right personnel, it's still out there."
- Hank Shteamer (Rolling Stone)

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, Fred Hersch and Freddie Hubbard.

Formanek is also a composer and leader of various bands. One of his principal recording and international touring vehicles has been his acclaimed quartet with Tim Berne, Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver. His occasional groups include the 18-piece all-star Ensemble Kolossus, roping in many New York improvisers he works with. Currently his primary focus is the Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet with Tony Malaby, Kris Davis, and Ches Smith.

Recorded February 14th, 2018, at Oktaven Audio, Mount Vernon, New York, USA, by Ryan Streber. Mixed in April 2018 and mastered in July 2018 at Oktaven Audio by Ryan Streber. Produced by Michael Formanek and Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt and Anja Illmaier.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Intakt Records Studio Masters

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