Mark Guiliana, A Path To Bliss, Edition ****

Track of the day and new in the one luv spot is the opener from October release The Sound of Listening a strong tonally woodwind flavoured almost quiescent piece underpinned by deftly sensitive piano lines and the shimmering suggestion of mellotron …

Published: 24 Aug 2022. Updated: 33 days.

Track of the day and new in the one luv spot is the opener from October release The Sound of Listening a strong tonally woodwind flavoured almost quiescent piece underpinned by deftly sensitive piano lines and the shimmering suggestion of mellotron and rare keyboard instrument the ampli-celesta and written by Mark Guiliana, famed for his blood and guts work in the prog-loving Mehliana which is one of Brad Mehldau's best albums over the last decade and that particular bar is set teeteringly high.

The Sound of Listening is shaped around an ensemble that includes famed Israeli pianist Shai Maestro, reedist Jason Rigby and bassist Chris Morrissey. It's the pick and briefer of the two tracks streaming so far given the nuanced blend in both the instrumental mix and the atmosphere created on one hand and the impact the track achieves on the other.

2010's Alive (Edition)

What we know of the sounds so far certainly marks a change of approach from Guiliana who is hugely influential globally on progressively inclined jazzers. Excavating that thought remember the impact the drummer made on the original Phronesis record Alive before Anton Eger became identified as the drummer in the band?

2014's Mehliana (Nonesuch)

Whether you know it or not it was a big part of the foundations of the Phronesis approach that became one of the biggest UK-based new band multi-national touring and recording success stories of recent years ahead of the current focus on a new cycle of very different acts stylistically.

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Trumpeter Jaimie Branch has passed away at the age of 39

Trumpeter, composer, bandleader Jaimie Branch passed away on Monday at the age of 39. Cause of death is not known. Branch toured widely and picked up huge acclaim and word of mouth buzz on releasing her first solo album Fly or Die five years ago and …

Published: 24 Aug 2022. Updated: 34 days.

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Trumpeter, composer, bandleader Jaimie Branch passed away on Monday at the age of 39. Cause of death is not known. Branch toured widely and picked up huge acclaim and word of mouth buzz on releasing her first solo album Fly or Die five years ago and later a sequel. Recently Anteloper with Jason Nazary on Pink Dolphins picked up a lot of positive response. RIP

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