(Playscape Recordings) finds Musillami's longstanding trio, featuring Joe Fonda and George Schuller, expanding its sonic palette to include the distinctive voice of violinist Mark Feldman, a 25-year veteran of the creative music scene who has recorded with Muhal Richard Abrams, Tim Berne, Thomas Chapin, Dave Douglas, Lee Konitz and John Zorn among many others.
This two-disc set features a new studio CD with five brand new Musillami originals and a high-def concert DVD documenting one of this quartet's live performances prior to heading into the studio in early May 2007.
I wanted to add Mark's voice to our group sound," Musillami explains, and I knew he would work perfectly with us. Although my working trio is very much the foundation of this new group, all but one of the pieces recorded here was written specifically for this quartet."
The band will play this material live on its CD release tour of the Northeast in October.
What the critics are saying:
Feldman, the most in-demand violinist of contemporary creative improvised music, fits in seamlessly with Musillami's veteran trio. Seeing musicians of this caliber in action makes apparent how intricate the ensemble charts are and how intuitive their level of interaction truly is. The Treatment represents an intensely rewarding and conceptually promising avenue for the future of jazz that is accessible and exploratory in equal measure."
--Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com
...one of the most impressive releases of 2007...most certainly one of Michael Musillami's finest moments on record."
--Richard Kamins, Hartford Courant
While the immediate draw here is the interplay between Musillami and Feldman, repeated spins draw you into the compositions themselves and the supporting players, Schuller and Fonda. Musillami has a knack of presenting his compositions in a highly digestible format. His complex writing never bogs down into distraction, largely due to a bright rhythm section that solos and accents with equal measure as the front line."
--Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz.com
This is as convincing a statement of what's still possible with the instrumentation as anything I've heard in years. A stylish, compelling group, who'll be worth catching whenever they get a chance to showcase this material."
--Brian Morton, PointofDeparture.org
...The Treatment is his best record yet, and the chemistry of his trio -- with or without Feldman -- makes it one that more people need to hear."
--John Kelman, AllAboutJazz.com