I did a rare 2 set experience. If there was any repeats in the 2nd set, I didn't notice. This music is different every time. Every combination of these guys and their greater circle of musicians is great and constantly different. Each artist caught me at various times and it sounded so good all together. It was quite enjoyable.
Tim Berne – alto saxophone, baritone saxophone
Craig Taborn – piano
Michael Formanek – bass
Gerald Cleaver – drums
Born in 1958, Michael Formanek was just 19 years old when he joined Tony Williams’ Lifetime. Since then, he’s played and/or recorded with Chet Baker, Dave Burrell, Elvis Costello, Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, Fred Hersch, Freddie Hubbard…and the list goes on. The Rub And Spare Change is the re¬markable ECM label debut of this bass virtuoso and resourceful composer. As a bandleader, Formanek is able to bring forth inspired performances from his cohorts, and this Jazz Standard one–nighter finds him at the head of a quartet that draws deep from its members’ years of shared experience.