Ches Smith

Concert Review: The High Standards of Michael Formanek’s Elusion Quartet

September 16, 2022
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To hear free music so beautifully contained and expressed in such inventive forms isn’t unheard of (Henry Threadgill? Vijay Iyer? Wadada Leo Smith?). But bassist Michael Formanek has his own way.

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Jazz Album Review: Ches Smith’s “Interpret It Well” — Confident Improvisations

May 17, 2022
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I am not sure where the track titles come from, but I am guessing the problems the band had getting together under Covid must have something to do with them.

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Jazz Review: “Bending Bridges” – Mary Halvorson Changes the Musical Conversation

June 3, 2012
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If you have a taste for something different that also has some depth and heft, then guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson’s new album may be just what you’re looking for.

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