We're gonna keep playing until the tape runs out.
Easier to digest, comprehend and be immersed in with far better tunes than The Sound of Listening made contemporaneously US drummer Mark Guiliana, 42, if you recall he was the drummer on the formidable Alive recorded at the former Cafe Delancey, the Forge, in north London's Camden Town that Phronesis made their names with.
New Jersey man Guiliana later played on late-Bowie classic Blackstar (2016). And by then he had also been formidable with a certain Bradford Alexander Mehldau in Mehliana. Moving right up date he is also on the track 'Virgo 3' featuring Oliver Lake, Brandee Younger and Josh Johnson on Meshell Ndegeocello's upcoming Blue Note debut The Omnichord Real Book to be released in mid-June.
Jason Rigby here on tenor is Joshua Redman-esque, comparisons aren't always invidious. Who wouldn't want beyond solipsistic curmudgeonly moments when the ego climbs on to stilts to be included in the same sentence as Redman? Rigby is at his most tender on 'Audience Américain' a future standard surely and tenderness as well as a loose feel are important throughout journeying again into the New Melodic, a discernible style around 2014, and something Phronesis were at the heart of. You get the best of Rigby on that track, the dribbling runs on 'Confession #1' are also fun and very cellarjazzified. Dreamy ballad? Tick that box because 'When The Day Turns Into Night' is yet another highlight. With Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade the son of Jarrett American Quartet legend Dewey was on top form on LongGone last year as the Moodswingers got back together once again. And Rigby, esque is more, is on top form throughout Mischief.
Completing the line-up the least known of these players double bassist Chris Morrissey who kicks things off with a particularly fat riff on the title track and pianist Shai Maestro, bassist Avishai Cohen's most compatible pianist ever and a leader with a track record in his own right on ECM, delivers his best solo again on the self same title track. Yes the band's the thing, Guiliana makes it all sing.
Out on 28 April. 'When The Day Turns Into Night' is streaming
MORE READING AND LISTENING:
Guiliana is on his wife Gretchen Parlato's excellent new duo album with Lionel Loueke, Lean In - review 2023
Dig the Rig especially on 'Kaspar' heard on Jakob Dreyer's Songs, Hymns and Ballads - review 2022
Shai Maestro's Human - review 2021
Alive originally released in 2010
Mark Guiliana photo: Lauren Desberg