JazzTimes Features Mark Guiliana: A Man and His Groove

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Thursday December 11, 2014


Mark Guiliana Starts a Rousing New Chapter: A Man and His Groove
By Brad Farberman

“Screaming horns, wandering bass, shadowy drums and a piano that sounds like it’s being punched. That’s free-jazz, right? Not according to the driving, electronic-music-minded drummer Mark Guiliana, who co-leads Mehliana, a duo with pianist Brad Mehldau; can be heard on recordings by bassist Avishai Cohen and keyboardist Jason Lindner; and helms his own powerful band, Beat Music. On the composed-in-the-moment Beat Music: The Los Angeles Improvisations, one of two new albums Guiliana recently dropped on his brand-new label, there is synthed-out funk, tribal rock, wild, Rhodes-driven jazz and deep, spacey dub. It’s about as far away as you can get from the abstraction you’d typically associate with a free-improv session, and it essentially explains who Guiliana is.”

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