Michael Formanek Quartet at the Regattabar

By JON GARELICK  |  October 5, 2012

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Tim Berne, Michael Formanek, Craig Taborn, Gerald Cleaver

The music of the Michael Formanek Quartet offers the listener a kind of tough love. At the Regattabar Thursday night (as on their new ECM release, Small Places), they built tunes outward from small rhythmic cells of melody — repeated, then extended, knotted with sharp angles of dissonance, displaced accents, and odd rests. But it was beautiful stuff — delving into the noise and clamor of free jazz but with a compelling formal integrity.

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