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MARK GUILIANA JAZZ QUAR­TET Jersey ★★★★ Motéma

Hailed as one of the pi­o­neers of con­tem­po­rary drum­ming, and lat­terly show­ered with at­ten­tion fol­low­ing his ap­pear­ance on David Bowie’s vale­dic­tory

Black­star al­bum, Mark Guiliana is best known for adapt­ing the im­pos­si­ble-to-play grooves of elec­tronic mu­sic to the drum set. Jersey how­ever is the 37-year-old’s nod to his roots, ge­o­graph­i­cally and mu­si­cally: for all the orig­i­nal­ity of his sound, Guiliana knows he stands on the shoul­ders of gi­ants, and he ac­knowl­edges them here with ‘Rate’, a drum solo ded­i­cated to Roy, Art, Tony and Elvin. The al­bums only cover is Bowie’s

Where Are We Now?, a fit­tingly emo­tional tribute to his for­mer em­ployer, but Jersey is a jazz al­bum from a pow­er­ful, well-oiled quar­tet art­fully poised be­tween tra­di­tion and in­ven­tion. markguil­iana.com COR­MAC LARKIN

AN­TO­NIO SANCHEZ Bad Hom­bre ★★★★ CamJazz

No one who has ever heard drum­mer An­to­nio Sanchez would quar­rel with the ti­tle of this solo al­bum. For the past 17 years he has been drum­mer of choice in Pat Metheny’s groups, and is as tech­ni­cally im­pres­sive as any of the gui­tarist’s for­mer col­lab­o­ra­tors. Last year the Mex­ico-born vir­tu­oso bought him­self a house, cho­sen prin­ci­pally for its ca­pa­cious base­ment, into which the drum­mer promptly in­stalled the home stu­dio he had al­ways dreamed of. Bad Hom­bre – named for the al­ter ego he adopts therein – is a bravura display of con­tem­po­rary acous­tic drum­ming over­laid with a pun­gent, densely mixed soup of key­boards, elec­tronic noise and voice, the an­swer to the ques­tion: if a great drum­mer can play any­thing he wants, what does he play? an­to­nio­sanchez.net COR­MAC LARKIN

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