With his extensive artistic biography, Michael Formanek is one of the most outstanding figures in American jazz, as a composer, as a bassist in ensembles, and as a soloist. The fact that the bassist has been an integral part of the creative music scene for several decades speaks for his creativity and versatility. Now Michael Formanek presents the long-awaited second album with his groundbreaking Elusion Quartet, which brings together four highly acclaimed musicians from the New York jazz scene – pianist Kris Davis, saxophonist Tony Malaby and drummer Ches Smith. “As Things Do is yet another testament to Formanek’s encyclopedic conception.[...] Michael Formanek is that rare musician who, all the while retaining absolute integrity and focus, can let the music range where it will: in his own words, letting things go where they’re going to go, As Things Do” writes Alexander Hawkins in the liner notes.
Michael Formanek: Double Bass
Tony Malaby: Tenor & Soprano Saxophones
Kris Davis: Piano
Ches Smith: Drums & Vibes
All compositions by Michael Formanek. Recorded December 9, 2022, at Big Orange Sheep, Brooklyn, NY, by Jeremy Loucas. Mixed and mastered in January 2023 at Skyline Underground, South Orange, NJ, by Paul Wickliffe. Painting and drawing: Warren Linn. Design: Steve Byram. Photo: John Rogers. Graphic design: Fiona Ryan. Liner notes: Alexander Hawkins. Produced by Michael Formanek and Intakt Records. Published by Intakt Records.
Marvelous work, this. Bill, being Bill, I had little doubt he would fit in well with the group, and all he has done was make a great unit greater. Be great to see Ches back in Arden at the Guildhall, this time with his own band. Played an excellent set there with Ceramic Dog a little while back. Many thanks for the music! arcana