Michael Formanek, Ensemble Kolossus - The Distance (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 71:19 minutes | 770 MBStudio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet
The Distance represents a grand creative leap for bassist-composer Michael Formanek, following two widely lauded ECM releases featuring his quartet with Tim Berne, Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver. The new album showcases his texturally rich compositions for the dynamic 18-piece big band he has playfully dubbed Ensemble Kolossus. The project saw some of the most distinctive musicians on the New York scene bonding to realize Formaneks epic design, as he re-imagined what a big-band can be. Channeling sounds from the classic to the modern, he also composed for individual soloists in the Ellingtonian tradition.