Michael Musillami: Groove Teacher
Groove Teacher offers a somewhat self-promotional title, yet Musillami's group prefers more of a collective cohesion than a student-like submission to his leadership. In general, these players are indeed his equal. Trumpeter Claudio Roditi offers some poignant lines; and saxophone/flautist Thomas Chapin manages a diverse style of play without stealing the spotlight. Occasional dips into the cheese (as on "Open Ended") leave the listener a bit short. But overall, Groove Teacher is a fine effortand a worthy delayed release documenting Musillami's development as composer and musician.
Track Listing: Seven Blend; The Gift; Open Ended; Off the Glass; Groove Teacher; Today the Angels Cry; Keko Smile; Big Ears and the Blues; Peninsula.
Personnel: Michael Musillami: guitar; Thomas Chapin: alto saxophone and flute; Claudio Roditi: trumpet; Ralph Moore: tenor saxophone; Kent Hewitt: piano; Charles (Chip) Jackson: bass; Steve Johns: drums.
Record Label: Playscape Recordings