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Am I Bothering You? – Michael Formanek

Am I Bothering You? - Michael Formanek Artist: Michael Formanek
Album: Am I Bothering You?
Release Date: 1997
Duration: 49:43
Genre: Jazz
Styles: Avant-Garde Jazz
Recording Date: 1997
Recording Location: Makebelieveballroom, West Shokan, NY; Red Rock Recording, Saylorsburg, PA

Am I Bothering You? is an eye-opening and enjoyable listen (lesson) in what can be done with, and to, the upright bass. This is an intimate, in-your-face recording that does not use overdubs, nor a plug-in — you can hear Formanek breathing as he works his bass over. Ranging from the deepest low-end groove of “Diesel Shortbread” to “Seams”‘ mind-numbing ride through extended techniques, Formanek demonstrates that he is one of the most skilled and interesting bassists around. His incredible technique and innovation will amaze both bass players and general fans of the instrument. For those interested, but unfamiliar with more “outside” music, there’s plenty of structure to hang on to here; an open mind and an appreciation for the instrument are all that’s needed.

Title/Composer Performer Time
Crawl Space / Michael Formanek Michael Formanek 4:20
Diesel Shortbread / Michael Formanek Michael Formanek 5:02
Overhead Justice / Michael Formanek Michael Formanek 3:22
C-Clamp Wedgie / Michael Formanek Michael Formanek 4:38
Theramin / Michael Formanek Michael Formanek 2:54
Oh… The Glitch / Michael Formanek Michael Formanek 8:28
Ruff Kut / Michael Formanek Michael Formanek 2:58
Seams / Michael Formanek Michael Formanek 7:40
Osimodo / Michael Formanek Michael Formanek 2:44
Streams/Rollin’ Stone / Michael Formanek / McKinley Morganfield Michael Formanek 7:33
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