Michael Formanek

Wide Open Spaces

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Bassist Michael Formanek, who contributed all 15 selections to this CD (some of which are quite brief), utilizes an adventurous quintet also including Greg Osby on alto and soprano, violinist Mark Feldman, guitarist Wayne Krantz, and drummer Jeff Hirshfield. The very distinctive voices of Osby and Feldman, the quirky melodies (some of which sound as if they could have been written by Ornette Coleman), and the consistent surprises make this memorable set highly recommended to open-eared listeners.

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