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Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet: Family First

Recent generations of drummers have reshaped the role of percussion in the small jazz ensemble. They include people like Mark Guiliana, Antonio Sanchez, Dave King, Eric Harland and Justin Brown. These drummers share scary chops, outright aggression and musicianship that keep them (just barely) from overwhelming their bands. The most erudite among them improvise trap-set scores for Oscar-winning films (Sanchez, for Birdman) or become significant bandleaders and label founders.

Guiliana launched Beat Music Productions in 2014. His first two releases, My Life Starts Now and Beat Music: The Los Angeles Improvisations, were as different as composed and spontaneous albums can be. Yet both contained belligerence, noise, electronics, raw funk and blatant disregard for genre.

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