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The Distance

Michael Formanek, Ensemble Kolossus

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The Distance
Michael Formanek; Ensemble Kolossus; Mark Helias
Michael Formanek; Ensemble Kolossus; Mark Helias
Parts I-III (Impenetrable - Beneath The Shell - @Heart)
Michael Formanek; Ensemble Kolossus; Mark Helias
Parts IV-V (Echoes - Without Regrets)
Michael Formanek; Ensemble Kolossus; Mark Helias
Parts VI-VII (Shucking While Jiving - A Reptile Dysfunction)
Michael Formanek; Ensemble Kolossus; Mark Helias
Part VIII (Metamorphic)
Michael Formanek; Ensemble Kolossus; Mark Helias
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    71:18
"... a bold creative leap forward from his previous quartet recordings ... a big, colourful piece, full of stylistic variety. Dense ensemble sounds are balanced with sparser textures. Formanek has a collection of very distinctive players to draw on ... a remarkable achievement ..." - All About Jazz The Distance from bassist-composer Michael Formanek is a sweeping, ambitious project showcasing his texturally rich music for the dynamic 18-piece group he has playfully dubbed Ensemble Kolossus. Reimagining what a big band can be, Formanek channels sounds from the classic to the modern as his bold, beautiful vision for 21st century large ensemble jazz comes vibrantly to life. "... I wanted a large, rich, chewy sound with this music and the ensemble’s rhythm section is particularly big, with piano, marimba, guitar, bass and drums. I also wanted a lot of different colours and textures, with some sharp edges occasionally. With the way this group works, there’s a lot of written material but also a lot of freedom in how we get from one point to the next. Things are riskier than with the usual big band." - Michael Formanek
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Recorded December 2014, Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY Engineer: Jon Rosenberg Mixing: David Torn Mastering: Christoph Stickel at MSM Studios, München Cover Photo: Grazia Cantoni Liner photos: John Rogers Design: Sascha Kleis Produced by Manfred Eicher

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