Guiliana’s new Jersey
Jazzer returns with new album
Mark Guiliana is fresh out of the studio with a brand new album with his Jazz Quartet project.
The Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet has recorded Jersey, the follow-up to their 2015 debut, Family First.
The modern jazz hero, whose credits include David Bowie and Avishai Cohen, explains that while many of his previous works as a band leader have incorporated electronic-inspired beats, Jersey sees him operate in a solely acoustic environment.
“The Jazz Quartet is my humble attempt to make a personal statement using the traditional palette of saxophone, piano, bass and drums, ”Mark tells Rhythm. “For the band, this line-up presents the challenge: how creative can we be inside this box – how much freedom and experimentation can we find? And I have to say that it’s always so exciting to hear the guys play this music in ways I never could have imagined.” Guiliana reveals that the album was recorded following a two-week European tour, allowing him to capture a band that was in the groove and firing on all cylinders.
“I’m beyond grateful that Chris [Morrissey, bass], Jason [Rigby, sax] and Fabian [Almazan, piano] are on board, since they’re all such excellent leaders in their own right. With these guys, we’re always passing inspiration back and forth to each other.We take a lot of chances in the music, developing new ways to play together every night – and that takes trust, a musical and personal empathy.The importance of family was instilled in me naturally just the way I was raised – those sorts of values extend to my bands, and the guys are like extended family for me.”
The band heads out on a European tour later this year, including shows at Ronnie Scott’s in London on 13 and 14 November.
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Mark Guiliana returns with a new Quartet album