243

Michael Musillami Trio: Dachau

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
One of the significant moments for the Michael Musillami Trio came when the group played in Dachau, Germany in November, 2004. At that time, says Musillami, they were "elevated to a new level. That plateau is still evident on this recording, made possible by several factors, including shared empathy and each player's strength as a musician.

The writing on Dachau moves from swing to free elements and builds a strong emotional scale within those parameters. A pronounced joy is countenanced by sadness, tumult is balanced by the sedate, and an inherent power gives the music strength of character. These players are not averse to picking up the thread and weaving it in their own image.

Musillami also brings in Tom Christensen (tenor saxophone), Peter Madsen (piano), and Dave Ballou (trumpet) to add color and impetus and to define different aspects of the music. The title track, which features all six musicians, starts off introspectively as Musillami plays a quiet stream of notes with bassist Joe Fonda, but then the music gradually gathers momentum and becomes volatile when Christensen and Ballou drop in. The two head out front and engage in heated deliberation while Fonda churns the base. Then comes a ray of sunshine as Musillami feeds in melody, the trio now in charge of the path ahead. Madsen leads them into hardier terrain, forging on with a storm of ideas before he ignites Ballou, who keeps the pulse molten.

"Metaphor 3.4.5 is lighter in its manifestation, but it showcases the trio as a tight-knit band: Fonda loosens up the notes and sings along; George Schuller keeps the beat light, flexible, and swinging; and Musillami plays a nice melody, embellishing it with trills, in an articulate dip into mainstream jazz.

A winner in every way.

Visit Michael Musillami on the web.


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. With Peter Madsen: piano on

Title: Dachau | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Playscape Recordings


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Whispers on the Wind CD/LP/Track Review Whispers on the Wind
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 23, 2017
Read Shropshire Lads: Songs to the Poems of AE Housman CD/LP/Track Review Shropshire Lads: Songs to the Poems of AE Housman
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: October 23, 2017
Read Heptagon CD/LP/Track Review Heptagon
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 23, 2017
Read ON Tour CD/LP/Track Review ON Tour
by John Kelman
Published: October 22, 2017
Read On a Distant Shore CD/LP/Track Review On a Distant Shore
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets CD/LP/Track Review Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read "The Hidden Notes - Spirit Of Adventure" CD/LP/Track Review The Hidden Notes - Spirit Of Adventure
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 18, 2017
Read "Seaside" CD/LP/Track Review Seaside
by John Eyles
Published: January 30, 2017
Read "Happy Juice" CD/LP/Track Review Happy Juice
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: July 4, 2017
Read "The Quest: Live at the A.P.C." CD/LP/Track Review The Quest: Live at the A.P.C.
by Jim Trageser
Published: February 14, 2017
Read "Honest Woman" CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "Third Stage of Elegance" CD/LP/Track Review Third Stage of Elegance
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 6, 2017

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY IT!  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.