Michael Musillami Trio: Dachau (2005)
From the opening riff of "Dresden, which catches your ear with its inventive melody, to the beautifully put together closing "Metaphor 3.4.5, which has Fonda singing to his bass, there is no mistaking that this is a Musillami project. His knack for allowing a winning formula to develop is evident. Fonda's worldly experience is given ample room, as is Schuller's ability to segue stylistically. Pianist Peter Madsen augments the trio to a quartet to expand on both the frenetically driving "Part Pitbull, first heard on the Musillami/Madsen collaboration of the same name (Playscape, 2002) and construct a very reverential "Today the Angels that debuted on Op. Ed (Playscape, 2001).
The Musillami staple "Archives features reedmaster Tom Christensen, his tenor ably matching the inventively melodic guitar runs note for note, in addition to honking its own creative path. "Dachau finds Dave Ballou's trumpet joining the others for an extended and at times surprisingly warm take on its notorious namesake, while "Rottweil is portrayed as a particularly bluesy German city. This is expertly played music from a core trio of true professionals who gel exceedingly well.
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Track Listing: Dresden; Archives; Dachau; Part Pitbull; Rottweil; Today the Angels; Metaphor 3.4.5.
Personnel: Michael Musillami: guitar; Joe Fonda: bass; George Schuller: drums, bells, shaker, toy hammer whistle; Peter Madsen: piano (3,4,6); Tom Christensen: tenor saxophone (2,3); Dave Ballou: trumpet (3).
Record Label: Playscape Recordings
Style: Modern Jazz