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Michael Musillami

Veteran jazz guitarist/composer Michael Musillami is known to critics as "a superior guitarist" (DownBeat), "one of the more imaginative guitarists in jazz" (Signal to Noise) and "a modern-day jazz master" (Edmonton Journal). They have also noted that his distinctive original compositions "mine not only the fertile vein of classic jazz but the outer reaches of creative music" (Hartford Courant), calling his music "honest, frequently surprising, and consistently exciting" (JazzTimes). Born and raised in California, Musillami was inspired early on by musicians including Chet Baker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Bill Evans

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Thomas Chapin, Lara Solnicki, Vijay Iyer and More

Read "Thomas Chapin, Lara Solnicki, Vijay Iyer and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


From April 2021, this show features a lot of lesser-heard musicians such as Lara Solnicki, Rodrigo Faina, Juhani Aaltonen, and the late Thomas Chapin. There are also more familiar names in the mix such as Paul Motian, Vijay Iyer, and Tom Harrell. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

String Players: From Django Reinhardt to Joe Morris and Beyond

Read "String Players: From Django Reinhardt to Joe Morris and Beyond" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This program focuses on string players of all types, mostly guitarists but with some bassists and violinists also thrown in. The show ranges from classic players like Kenny Burrell and Barney Kessel to modernists like Joe Morris and Mary Halvorson. There is even a set on gypsy/Western swing. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Musillami, Peter Madsen: Pictures

Read "Pictures" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Facciamo anzitutto un po' d'ordine: diciannove sono i brani complessivi di questo album; i dispari, tutti molto brevi (massimo 1'41"), sono altrettante libere improvvisazioni (nello specifico Promenades), sorta di intercapedini (nonché di prologo ed epilogo per quanto concerne le tracce 1 e 19) fra i brani pari, tutti intestati a un musicista specifico, pianisti (autore Peter ...

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Label: Playscape Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Promenade One; Cecil Taylor; Promenade Two; Robert Paris; Promenade Three; Carla Bley; Promenade Four; John Abercrombie; Promenade Five; Thelonious Monk; Promenade Six; Joe Diorio; Promenade Seven; Dave Brubeck; Promenade Eight; Jim Hall; Promenade Nine; Randy Weston; Promenade Ten.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Legacy of Wayne Shorter

Read "The Legacy of Wayne Shorter" reviewed by Russell Perry


Wayne Shorter began composing for the Jazz Messengers in 1959 and over the past 60 years has amassed perhaps the most significant catalog of jazz compositions of his time. Many of his, roughly, one hundred compositions are standards of the current repertoire. In this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!, we'll explore recent renditions of his ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Musillami and Peter Madsen: Pictures

Read "Pictures" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Guitarist Michael Musillami and pianist Peter Madsen have long traveled in the same circles, with Musillami's Playscape label showcasing both musicians in a number of their independently derived projects. But they don't often get to work side-by-side. Aside from Musillami's sextet record, Dachau (Playscape, 2006), the two have only appeared together previously on duo disc, Part ...

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Article: We Travel the Spaceways

Heavy Rotation For A Pandemic Summer

Read "Heavy Rotation For A Pandemic Summer" reviewed by Mark Corroto


In the summer of 2020 one result of the COVID-19 isolation, and artists inability to tour and perform is that they have time to deal with projects halted by this pandemic. Musicians, producers, and engineers have mixed, mastered and released an abundance of music. Many of the titles have been, and will be covered by our ...

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Label: Playscape Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: C Minor Blues Chase; Twelve Tone Tune; Blue in Green; Nardis; All Blues; How My Heart Sings; Bill’s Hit Tune.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Three Guitarists: Michael Musillami, Kristen Bromley, and Romain Pilon

Read "Three Guitarists: Michael Musillami, Kristen Bromley, and Romain Pilon" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The more adventurous and abstract forms of jazz guitar get a lot of attention these days, but these three releases prove that mainstream guitar players still have a lot to say. Kristen R. Bromley Trio Simply Miraculous Self-produced 2019 Perhaps the most amazing thing about this CD is ...


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