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Tuesday August 08, 2017

From WBGO

Take Five: Mark Guiliana Reps ‘Jersey.’ Plus Louis Armstrong, Tyshawn Sorey, Uri Gurvich, Kris Davis
By: Nate Chinen

Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet, “inter-are”

Would it be fair to say Mark Guiliana has been typecast? He’s a drummer best known for his advances along the axis of groove, most visibly with the surging Donny McCaslin Quartet, which served as David Bowie’s valedictory band. But Guiliana cut his teeth in the acoustic postbop tradition, and in addition to the project he calls Beat Music, he leads the Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet — an astute, flowing combo with saxophonist Jason Rigby, pianist Fabian Almazan and bassist Chris Morrissey.

The band’s assured new album, Jersey — a nod to Guiliana’s home state, where he was born (in Florham Park) and still resides (in Madison) — is due out on Motéma on Sept. 29. Guiliana composed six of the album’s tracks, including “inter-are,” which sets the tone with an urgent, pointillist ostinato and a vaulting melodic line. (Don’t miss how the beat opens up over the course of Rigby’s solo, which covers a lot of ground.) The track, which premieres here, is also available Friday to anyone who preorders the album on iTunes.

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