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Michael Formanek

b, cb, *1958 US, San Francisco
Musician of Jazz

Michael Formanek (born May 7, 1958) is an American jazz bassist born in San Francisco, California and associated with the jazz scene in New York City.

  • Bass
  • Double bass
  • Bass guitar
  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • R&B/Soul
Popular Tracks   
Symphony No. 5: Adagietto (after G. Mahler's Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor) on Introducing Uri Caine: Shortlist by Uri Caine & Wolfgang Kläsener
Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, "Resurrection": IV. Urlicht: Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht (arr. U. Caine for jazz ensemble) on The Classical Variations by Uri Caine
The 12 1/2 % Solution on Loose Cannon by Tim Berne, Michael Formanek & Jeff Hirshfield
Jack's Last Call on The Rub And Spare Change by Michael Formanek
The River on Un Ruido de Agua by Nataniel Edelman, Michael Formanek & Michaël Attias
The Distance on The Distance by Michael Formanek & Ensemble Kolossus
Twenty Three Neo on The Rub And Spare Change by Michael Formanek
Who's in Control on Pariah's Pariah by Gary Thomas, Greg Osby, Michael Formanek & John Arnold
Quickdraw on Imperfect Measures by Michael Formanek
The Drummer Boy (From "The Boy's Magic Horn") on The Drummer Boy by Uri Caine & Uri Caine Ensemble Plays Mozart

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Dirigo Rataplan IIDevin Gray, Michael Formanek, Ellery Eskelin, Dave Ballou2018Album
The DistanceMichael Formanek, Ensemble Kolossus2016Album
ThumbscrewMary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara : Thumbscrew2014Album
MirageEllery Eskelin, Susan Alcorn, Michael Formanek2013Album
Dirigo RataplanEllery Eskelin / Dave Ballou / Michael Formanek / Devin Gray2012Album
Small PlacesMichael Formanek2012Album
The Rub And Spare ChangeMichael Formanek2010Album
Everybody Wants To Go To HeavenNew York Jazz Collective, Marty Ehrlich, James Zollar, Ray Anderson, Michael Formanek, Pheeroan Aklaff, Mike Nock2001Album
RelativityMarty Ehrlich / Peter Erskine / Michael Formanek1999Album
CatabilityBob Degen, Michael Formanek, Bill Stewart1998Album
Ornery PeopleTim Berne, Michael Formanek1998Album
Am I Bothering You?Michael Formanek1998Album
Nature Of The BeastMichael Formanek1997Album
Low ProfileMichael Formanek1994Album
Loose CannonMichael Formanek / Tim Berne / Jeff Hirshfield1993Album
Extended AnimationMichael Formanek1992Album
I Remember JacoBob Mintzer, Michael Formanek, Jeff Andrews, Peter Erskine1991Album
Wide Open SpacesMichael Formanek1990Album
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