Michael Musilami Trio w/ Mark Feldman: The Treatment (2007)
While both Musillami and Feldman have ties to multi-instrumentalist Thomas Chapin, until this release, they had not recorded together. On these six elegantly complex pieces, five of which were written specifically for this quartet, they mesh flawlessly for in-tandem guitar/violin themes that break apart for breathtaking solo work.
In addition to the studio CD, there is a 45-minute concert DVD. Shot in glorious high-definition, the music and musicians explode into your living room for extended versions of three tunes. Recorded in concert on Musillami's home turf at Lakeville, Conn.'s Hotchkiss School, where he is the head of Jazz Studies, the wooden stage and walls of the acoustically superb Katherine M. Elfers Hall make for a delightfully warm sound. This suits the nuances of Musillami's guitar and the rich timbre of Feldman's mic'd violin for an exceedingly intimate experience. As his ponytail and goatee have lengthened so has Musillami honed and formed his sound: idiosyncratic melodies, flawless technique and an energetic attack set against unusually-metered rhythms.
Track Listing: CD: Brooms; The Treatment; Stark Beauty; Human Conditions; Mezz Money; Beijing to Brooklyn. DVD: Human Conditions; The Treatment; Brooms.
Personnel: Michael Musillami: guitar; Mark Feldman: violin; Joe Fonda: bass; George Schuller: drums.
Record Label: Playscape Recordings
Style: Modern Jazz