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Intakt CD 399

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.

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released May 19, 2023

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.


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