Guil­iana’s new Jersey

Jazzer re­turns with new al­bum

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

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.

For more de­tails visit­ca­ton­th­ or www.markguil­, and check out our re­view on page 24 this month!

Mark Guil­iana re­turns with a new Quar­tet al­bum

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