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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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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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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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Michael Musillami and Rich Syracuse: Dig

Read "Dig" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Guitarist Michael Musillami and bassist Rich Syracuse continue their engagement with the titans of the jazz world with Dig, their homage to Bill Evans. Like the discs that preceded it, Of The Night (Playscape, 2016), dedicated to Wayne Shorter and Bird Calls (Playscape, 2017), their salute to Charles Mingus, the duo approach this repertoire with both ...

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3x3: Piano Trios: August 2019

Read "3x3: Piano Trios: August 2019" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Yoko Miwa Trio Keep Talkin' Ocean Blue Tear Music 2019 When Yoko Miwa and her trio-mates get to talking, it's no wonder they only want to keep going and going. Their playful bantering elevates everything on offer here, from a couple venerable standards through a handful of playful originals showing the ...

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Michael Musillami, Rich Syracuse: Bird Calls

Read "Bird Calls" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Sofisticato lavoro in duo sulla musica di Charles Mingus, certo tra le più feconde dell'intero patrimonio del jazz, ad opera di due esperti musicisti: il chitarrista Michael Musillami,e il contrabbassista di lungo corso Rich Syracuse. Bird Calls è il loro secondo lavoro nella formazione minima --il precedente, of the Night, era dedicato alla musica ...

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Michael Musillami/Rich Syracuse: Of The Night

Read "Of The Night" reviewed by Budd Kopman

For some reason, Wayne Shorter is in the air, as evidenced by pianist Denny Zeitlin's wonderful Early Wayne and now guitarist Michael Musillami's duo album with bassist Rich Syracuse, Of The Night. As stated in the earlier review, Shorter tunes, for the most part, are almost immediately recognizable as such without being able to ...

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Michael Musillami, Rich Syracuse: Of The Night

Read "Of The Night" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Il chitarrista americano Michael Musillami, attivo da oltre 25 anni sulla scena del jazz d'avanguardia, è una figura piuttosto defilata che spesso privilegia situazioni raccolte e visionarie da condividere con partner scelti con cura e attenzione per poi accendere con loro una conversazione a due o tre voci. Normalmente nei suoi album troviamo composizioni originali. Questa ...

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Michael Musillami/Rich Syracuse: Of The Night

Read "Of The Night" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

It would be hard to name an artist who has written more jazz standards than saxophonist Wayne Shorter, someone who has been penning memorable tunes since his days with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the very early sixties. After his stint with Blakey, he contributed his singular song crafting acumen to Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet ...


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