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Michael Musillami Trio: Pride

Read "Pride" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

With ten albums as a leader in his portfolio, guitarist and composer, Michael Musillami remains disproportionately under the radar in the public domain. Working in formats from duo to octet and inspired by classic artists like John Coltrane and Miles Davis, Musillami has a gifted touch for arranging the traditional and highly improvisational together in accessible ...

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Michael Musillami Trio: Old Tea

Read "Old Tea" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La storia del jazz è piena di musicisti rimasti inspiegabilmente nell'ombra nonostante fossero circondati dalla stima di colleghi e addetti ai lavori. Se in particolare prendiamo in considerazione i chitarristi ho la sensazione che il numero dei cosiddetti musician's musicians sia più alto: a differenza di quanto successo nel rock, la chitarra spesso non ha avuto una funzione guida ...

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Michael Musillami Trio: Old Tea

Read "Old Tea" reviewed by Nic Jones

Guitarist Michael Musillami composed the music for this program in the wake of his son Evan's death. The fact that it's measured and profoundly beautiful is testament to what music can do, and the fact that it's so superbly realized comes down to the fact that this trio is supremely empathetic. Five recordings to date are ...

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Michael Musillami Trio: Dachau

Read "Dachau" reviewed by Renato Wardle

The cult of youth has poisoned the world of music. Pop culture would have “instant artists shine momentarily, and then disappear quietly into the “where are they now category before they lose their baby teeth. In spite of this, seasoned musicians continue to move forward, breaking boundaries and defying the international fetishism of youth.

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Michael Musillami Trio: Dachau

Read "Dachau" reviewed by Elliott Simon

In the wake of its strong premiere effort, Beijing (Playscape, 2000), the Michael Musillami Trio continues its globetrotting, turning to Germany for inspiration to produce its sophomore offering, Dachau. While the opening “Dresden and the title piece itself conjure up some of the 20th century's worst horrors, the music is wonderfully uplifting and powerfully creative. Musillami's ...

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Michael Musillami Trio: Dachau

Read "Dachau" reviewed by Paul Olson

There's nothing new about a jazz guitar trio, or, for that matter, a jazz guitar trio augmented with piano and horns. That said, guitarist Michael Musillami has done something truly innovative with this format on Dachau. Musillami, bassist Joe Fonda, and drummer George Schuller--augmented on four of the album's seven tracks with various combinations of tenor ...

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Michael Musillami Trio: Dachau

Read "Dachau" reviewed by John Kelman

The intrepid Playscape Recordings imprint, founded at the turn of the century by guitarist Michael Musillami, has been responsible for a small but consistent catalogue of releases that constantly look for new ways to combine forward-thinking compositional form with a more exploratory aesthetic. Working with a relatively small core group of veteran players, the label has ...

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Michael Musillami Trio: Dachau

Read "Dachau" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

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.