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Critics have called guitarist/composer Michael Musillami “a superior guitarist” (John McDonough, DownBeat), “an adroit and creative musician” (Michael J. West, JazzTimes) and “a fine composer of notable original music” (Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide). For more than 25 years, he has worked extensively as a performer, bandleader/composer and educator. In addition to his flagship trio with Joe Fonda and George Schuller, he has earned critical notice as the leader of groups ranging from duo to octet featuring such prominent collaborators as Cameron Brown, Thomas Chapin, Drew Gress, Mario Pavone, Michael Sarin and Matt Wilson. He is also the longtime Director of Jazz Studies at The Hotchkiss School and founder/director of the esteemed Playscape Recordings label, which has released more than 40 distinctive recordings over the past decade.

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COMPANY OF HEAVEN
Andreas Scherrer
523-525 W 152 Street, Suite #51
New York, NY, 10031, USA
email: info@companyofheaven.com
phone & fax = (001)212-281.9785
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Reviews
 
[Musillami’s music] is honest, frequently surprising and consistently exciting.
— Ron Wynn, Jazz Times 

...count on Musillami to offer the willing listener something a bit different than the tried and true.
— Glenn Astarita, All Music Guide 

Musillami commands attention, not with force, but with sophistication and understatement.
— Bill Donaldson, Cadence 

One of the more imaginative guitarists in jazz and one who’s put out more than his fair share of worthwhile recordings, Musillami is not as well-known as he should be. He’s also a player who has shown a progression with each album he’s put out.
— Robert Ianpollo, Signal to Noise 

Quietly, while many people have been distracted by flashier and/or better promoted guitarists, journeyman Michael Musillami has gone his own way and become a distinctive, exemplary stylist.
— Ken Waxman, Jazz Weekly 

With every new project, Musillami asserts himself as one of the premier modern jazz guitar players on the current scene...an original voice on an instrument lacking in original thinking these days.
— Michael G. Nastos, WEMU-FM 

Musillami seemingly cannot play a cliché lick on the guitar—he doesn’t so much ‘play guitar’ as he makes music on an instrument that just happens to be an electric guitar.
— Seth Rogovoy, Berkshire Eagle 

The group is led by Michael Musillami whose guitar playing and impeccable production work as owner/manager of Playscape Records have him earned acclaim in many of today's leading jazz journals. Musillami's attention to musical ability and the chemistry of ensemble members allows him to consistently align himself with musicians who can tastefully interpret his repertoire while still putting their own stamp on it.
— Brattleboro Reformer 

Musillami certainly deserves much more attention as a guitar stylist and composer.
— Nils Jacobson, AllAboutJazz 

His clean guitar tone, ability to rise over active rhythm sections or dig deeply into ballads, and often percussive background playing show not only his influences but also his commitment to the overall sound of a group. His own compositions mine not only the fertile vein of classic jazz but the outer reaches of creative music.
— Richard Kamins, Hartford Courant 

Why Musillami, a critical favorite, continues to fly under mainstream radar is anyone's guess. Possessing a rich, hollow-body tone and lightning-quick, angular phrasing, his singular aesthetic charts a serpentine course from Grant Green to Joe Morris. His writing blends pithy melodies and intricate arrangements with magnanimous group interplay and adventurous improvisations that are among the finest new music can offer.
— Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com 

Musillami is a refreshingly swinging outcat who plays long lines with angular intervals with lyricism and intelligence...
— Paul de Barros, DownBeat 

Musillami is a superior guitarist with a fine, fluent sound that mixes both chords and linear lines.
— John McDonough, DownBeat 

A Modern-Day Jazz Master
— Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal 

Discography
 
Of the Night
Michael Musillami & Rich Syracuse
10.01.2016
Zephyr
Michael Musillami Trio
10.06.2015
Pride (2 CD)
Michael Musillami Trio w/ Kris Davis, Jimmy Greene & Mark Feldman
09.16.2014
Mettle
Michael Musillami Trio + 4
02.07.2012
Old Tea
Michael Musillami Trio
04.27.2010
From Seeds
Michael Musillami Trio + 3
05.19.2009
The Treatment
Michael Musillami Trio w/ Mark Feldman
09.25.2007
Fragile Forms
Michael Musillami's Dialect
09.12.2006
Dachau
Michael Musillami Trio
09.06.2005
Spirits
Michael Musillami Octet
09.07.2004
Those Times
Michael Musillami Quartet
12.02.2003
Beijing
Michael Musillami Trio
05.27.2003
Pivot
Michael Musillami/Mario Pavone Quintet
12.03.2002
Part Pitbull
Michael Musillami (with Peter Madsen)
04.19.2002
Op-Ed
Mario Pavone/Michael Musillami Quartet
07.22.2001
Motion Poetry
Mario Pavone/Michael Musillami Quartet
05.01.2001
Event #6
Ted Levine
02.02.2001
Archives
Michael Musillami featuring Thomas Chapin
01.05.2001
Perception
Michael Musillami with the Playscape Quintet
01.05.2001
Mar’s Bars
Michael Musillami featuring Thomas Chapin
02.15.2000
Groove Teacher
Michael Musillami featuring Thomas Chapin
02.15.2000