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Formanek, Michael – “Am I Bothering You? ” – [Screwgun]

Thurston Hunger   7/23/2005   CD, Jazz

A bass player with some pretty “Wide Open Spaces”
in his mind cuts loose with an album that would
be wrong to call “just” acoustic bass. He explores
a variety of sounds, from scrapescapes to plunky
funkettes to slack-string rattlings to see-saw
dizziness to tapping and shuffling all around
the body of the bass behemoth. He even winds
things up in some Muddy Waters. All on his
lonesome, no overdubs or preservatives added.
I bet he had a blast being out of the rhythm
anchor section, in more of the sonic spotlight.
Maybe next he’ll tackle some duo projects
a la Peter Kowald…or at least hopefully he
won’t wait 20 years for the next solo album.
Formidable and Formanek-able.

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