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Small Places

Michael Formanek

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1.1
Small Places
Michael Formanek; Tim Berne; Craig Taborn; Gerald Cleaver
5:19
1.2
Pong
Michael Formanek; Tim Berne; Craig Taborn; Gerald Cleaver
6:36
1.3
Parting Ways
Michael Formanek; Tim Berne; Craig Taborn; Gerald Cleaver
18:06
1.4
Rising Tensions And Awesome Light
Michael Formanek; Tim Berne; Craig Taborn; Gerald Cleaver
9:01
1.5
Slightly Off Axis
Michael Formanek; Tim Berne; Craig Taborn; Gerald Cleaver
5:05
1.6
Seeds And Birdman
Michael Formanek; Tim Berne; Craig Taborn; Gerald Cleaver
12:37
1.7
Wobble And Spill
Michael Formanek; Tim Berne; Craig Taborn; Gerald Cleaver
6:24
1.8
Soft Reality
Michael Formanek; Tim Berne; Craig Taborn; Gerald Cleaver
8:12
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    71:20
"... the sound is pristine ... a brilliant collection of Formanek's compositional and performance journey, taking him into a new territory of jazz that is emotional and poignant. Highly recommended." - All About Jazz "... an effort that is a worthy follow-up to his last album ... (offers) something substantial to anyone ready to explore them. And even when the sound becomes spare and quiet, the suspense never flags." - JazzTimes.com Double bassist and composer Michael Formanek follows up his widely lauded ECM debut as a leader with Small Places, featuring the same powerhouse band of long-time confreres, with Formanek in seemingly telepathic league with saxophonist Tim Berne, pianist Craig Taborn and drummer Gerald Cleaver. If anything, Small Places is a step beyond the quartet’s first release, with the compositions and improvisation blending so seamlessly it becomes difficult 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.
88.2 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Studio Masters

Recorded December 2011 at Avatar Studios, New York Engineer: Aya Merrill Cover photo: Geno Lechner Liner photos: John Rogers Design: Sascha Kleis Produced by Manfred Eicher

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