Playscape Recordings is proud to announce the May 19th street date of the Michael Musillami Trio + 3's From Seeds
, the first release of the label's 10th anniversary year.
The follow-up to 2007's The Treatment, his trio's critically acclaimed collaboration with renowned violinist Mark Feldman, this release finds guitarist/composer Michael Musillami augmenting his seven year-old trio, featuring bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller, with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich and vibraphonist Matt Moran.
The group will celebrate the new disc this week with performances at New Haven's Firehouse 12 (May 22), Teaneck's The Puffin Foundation (May 23) and New York's Cornelia Street Cafe (May 24).
What the critics are saying:
Building on the jazz tradition with graceful strides, From Seeds is one of Musillami's finest efforts, and a high water mark for a label whose longstanding dedication to quality is documented in each release."
--Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com
[Musillami] continues to assert himself not only as a very competent performer, but especially as one of the most innovative composers on the scene. This sextet is potent, equally as able to turn on a dime, ride with the wind, or hop aboard a freight train of steaming power and perseverance...a marvelous new music recording of great depth and vision that retains its vibrancy upon repeated plays...highly recommended."
--Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
As much as any of their trio dates, From Seeds shows Musillami, Fonda and Schuller to be one of the finest working units in jazz today, with or without the '+3'."
--Robert Iannapollo, AllAboutJazz-New York
If you have been impressed with the guitarist's mature and intelligent compositions, here are six more. If you have listened over the years, you already know that Musillami is an intrepid arranger and when given the opportunity to score his music, he does so with wit and polish. From Seeds is an aural delight, one more stellar recording from Michael Musillami."
--Richard Kamins, Hartford Courant