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Musillami, Michael Trio +4 / Mettle
Album:Mettle Collection:Jazz
Artist:Musillami, Michael Trio +4 Added:02/2012
Label:Playscape Recordings 

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Add Date:2012-02-12 Pull Date:2012-04-15 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2012-02-12 
MICHAEL MUSILLAMI TRIO + 4: Mettle
Playscape, 2012

AVANT-MODERN JAZZ – Guitarist Musillami, always a forward thinker, expands his well-established trio into a talent-packed septet. Musillami’s beautifully-balanced arrangements keep it tight, walking close enough to straight-up modern jazz to be appealing but with a sly subversive streak too. Tracks 3-10 are a suite. Really good stuff.

Michael Musillami : guitar
Joe Fonda : bass
George Schuller : drums
Russ Johnson : trumpet
Jeff Lederer, Ned Rothenberg : saxes + clarinets
Matt Moran : vibes

Fo’s Picks: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 11

1. 6:58 – moody intro; guitar stretch, then all trade off over quick drums. Yeah!
2. 14:13 – postmodern walkin’ blues: carefully layered bits, solid solos from all; slips into open space for a trumpet/guitar faceoff towards the end
3. 9:26 – several episodes, mostly uptempo & tense but with calmer breaks
4. 6:26 – hip stroll falls apart in trumpet solo; slumps for guitar/bass scribbles
5. 6:31 – spacey intro; bold, tango-esque tune with vibraphone & sax solos
6. 1:23 – serene trumpet/guitar interlude
7. 2:41 – jabbing solo bass interlude, tense and muscular with much vocalizing
8. 6:15 – dig it! bright, upbeat groove, rolling solos all around, great drums
9. 1:18 – solo drum break, rolls
10. 1:20 – suite wraps up: upbeat statement, then slumps to an end
11. 12:06 – sneaky walk, very cool: great ensemble work, a series of sly solos

[ Fo ] - February 2012

Track Listing
1.Piana Dei Greci 6.Summer Suite: Twenty Ten - Iv. Nebraska
2.Blues For The Wounded Warrior 7.Summer Suite: Twenty Ten - V. High Likeability Factor
3.Summer Suite: Twenty Ten - I. Iceland 8.Summer Suite: Twenty Ten - Vi. Liv's In Beantown
4.Summer Suite: Twenty Ten - Ii. Bald Yet Hip 9.Summer Suite: Twenty Ten - Vii. Moe
5.Summer Suite: Twenty Ten - Iii. Piazzolla On The Porch 10.Summer Suite: Twenty Ten - Viii. Barnstable News
 11.Thuggish Mornings