On the third release of Guiliana's dynamic Beat Music, the team assembles dense layers of live drumbeats, bass lines, keyboards and electronics. Throughout the album, recorded voices are sprinkled on for added effect, from quotidian one-way phone conversations, to poetic eulogizing and Guiliana's son spinning cute stories.
Guiliana's forward-leaping BEAT MUSIC is more than a band '" it's a community. Over the last decade the drummer has gathered around him a family of like-minded artists who share a passion for the limitless possibilities of electronic music combined with an in-the-moment creativity rooted in jazz improvisation.
The return of one of today's most powerful jazz ensembles; new music imagining the unrecorded sound of a New Orleans legend's cornet and a bass great's most intimate and revealing release yet. All that and more in this month's list of the ten albums you need to know about.
If you thought Mark Guiliana's new group, Space Heroes, had something to do with astronauts, think again. "I get asked about the name a lot-it just refers to the space within the music," Guiliana explains.
Dhafer Youssef — “Odd Elegy” from Abu Nawas Rhapsody (2010)
Guiliana makes a major impression on Tunisian oud virtuoso Youssef’s 2010 release, featuring bassist Chris Jennings and piano star-in-the-making Tigran Hamasyan. This live video from the 2010 Jazz Sous les Pommiers festival captures their otherworldly musical telepathy.
Beat Music — “Public Interest” from Beat Music (2013)
Guiliana’s deep connection to the beat making genius of artists like Aphex Twin and Squarepusher comes together in this improvised project featuring keyboardist Jeff Babko, bassist Tim LaFebvre, and electronics whiz Troy Ziegler.
Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet — “The Mayor of Rotterdam” from Jersey (2017)
Guiliana’s most recent album with his ever-evolving Jazz Quartet is clearly his most personal, featuring pianist Fabian Almazan, saxophonist Jason Rigby, and bassist Chris Morrissey, who penned this evocative track.