“ I'm looking for real serious players who have put their time and life into the music, who play like it is the last gig of their life Michael Musillami ”
Newer releases evidence that Musillami has come into his own. Alongside former Chapin bassist Mario Pavone and pianist Peter Madsen, he is producing some of today's finest music within a developing group format. With a nod to the Atilla Zoller - Don Friedman guitar/piano classics from years gone by, Motion Poetry and Op-Ed reveal a guitarist who can dazzle but who also allows for the group's "sixth sense" to take over. Immediately apparent throughout the Playscape catalog is the high quality of musicianship and the bonds that have formed amongst the players. The addition of drummer George Schuller to this fertile breeding ground has already served to produce a mini-masterpiece, Pivot , whose Bernstein-esque, tritone-happy opener and closer "Swedish Fish" indicates that this assemblage of musicians has reached a new plane.
In describing the label, Musillami says, "I'm looking for real serious players who have put their time and life into the music, who play like it is the last gig of their life. We are about making creative intelligent music. This accessible swinging music can also be adventurous and accidental. It is unique, not the same thing done over and over again. We are providing a home for this and an opportunity to get the music out." It is clear in speaking with Michael and hearing the results, that this is a musicians’ label. It promotes development within the context of excellence and has not fallen into the trap of becoming a vanity label where the latest farts and whistles of friends are bestowed upon listeners as the next evolution in the avant-garde.