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Michael Musillami Trio: Dachau

Michael Musillami

Regrouping with the rhythm section from his 2003 effort Beijing (bassist Joe Fonda, drummer George Schuller), Michael Musillami gives us the equally compelling Dachau, the latest from his consistently excellent Playscape label. Pianist and Playscape regular Peter Madsen joins the trio on the difficult funk-infused line “Part Pitbull” (the title track of an earlier duo album) and the rubato dreamscape “Today the Angels.” Tenor saxophonist Tom Christensen gives “Archives,” an older Musillami piece, plenty of free-jazz grit. Madsen, Christensen and trumpeter Dave Ballou swell the lineup to a sextet for the powerful 12-minute title track.

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