The bassist’s small group work is always meaty—lines spill and splash, rhythms churn, and activity is front and center. This is true even when the mood is on the reflective side, as part of Formanek’s eloquence is juxtaposing emotions in surprising ways. This new band puts two reeds up front and brings the mighty Tyshawn Sorey to the drum chair. Expect lots of precision and lots of explosion.
Fri., Aug. 16, 9 & 10:30 p.m., 2013