Michael Formanek – Small Places (2012) [HDTracks]


Title: Small Places
Year Of Release: 2012
Label: ECM Records GmbH
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks) [24bit/88,2kHz]
Total Time: 60:11
Total Size: 1,31 GB (d.booklet)

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.


1. Small Places 05:19
2. Pong 06:36
3. Parting Ways 18:05
4. Rising Tensions and Awesome Light 09:00
5. Slightly Off Axis 05:05
6. Seeds and Birdman 12:37
7. Wobble and Spill 06:24
8. Soft Reality 08:12

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

Michael Formanek - Small Places (2012) [HDTracks]