Hopefully, you remember pianist Brad Mehldau and drummer Mark Guiliana's amazing Nonesuch album from last year, Mehliana: Taming the Dragon. The explosive pairing made for some of the most interesting work either of them had made in their careers so far and it's still quite a fun listen. Back during the press cycle for the album's release, they released a group of videos recorded at Los Angeles' Largo back in October 2013 which we may have mentioned before. Apparently, they were holding back on us because today they just released the video for the song "Centinela", a composition that didn't even make the album. Watch the video, directed and recorded by Alex Chaloff like the other videos in this series, after the jump.
I already lauded the greatness of drummer Mark Guiliana when I posted his Vic Firth performance spotlight video to the website and Anthony has already presented his new album, Family First, when he posted "Long Branch", the first single from the album, just last week. So this post will be succinct and to the point. A new EPK video for Family First, which comes out June 4th, has emerged on YouTube featuring Guiliana and bandmates Chris Morrissey, Shai Maestro, and Jason Rigby. We really think you should check it out. Also, Family First is currently available for pre-order on iTunes. We really think you should go cop it. Was that succinct enough for you?
Last year, drummer Mark Guiliana made some big steps in his life. He got his family going with vocalist Gretchen Parlato and the two of them have a kid now. He's still being a total monster on the kit, and he started his own label where he released two albums on the same day, fully leaning into his electronic music tendencies interweaving them with jazz improvisation for some very interesting results. Now Guiliana is set to release his third album on Beat Music Productions, the straight up jazz album Family First featuring Chris Morrissey on bass (of course), Shai Maestro on piano, and Jason Rigby on saxophone. Check out a stream of the song "Long Branch" which will be available for download when you pre-order Family First at iTunes, starting tomorrow (May 8th) before it drops everywhere June 4.
Over the years, Mark Guiliana has acquired a formidable pedigree making him one of our favorite drummers on the scene today. Aside from work with his own band, Beat Music, and the now defunct Heernt, Guiliana has been a co-conspirator to the fabled Brad Mehldau in their Mehliana project as well as a full-fledged member of Jason Lindner’s Now vs. Now and Donny McCaslin’s band. This is without mentioning his prolonged stint with bassist Avishai Cohen and his cameo on Phronesis’ Alive! as well as the rest of his work as a sideman for various other artists. Watch a new video of Guiliana in action revisiting "Locked in a Basement” and “Make Me Dance”, from his days with Heernt, for Vic Firth below the jump.
Looking on the other side of the coin, as we announed earlier this week, drummer Mark Guiliana is releasing a pair of albums on September 2-- the personal My Life Starts Now and the improvised Beat Music: The Los Angeles Improvisations, the latter of which features Tim Lefebvre on bass, Jeff Babko on keyboards, and Troy Zeigler on electronics all improvising together throughout a one-day session with no overdubs. Check out three songs from the album after the jump. They'll all be available for download with a pre-order on iTunes (starting next Tuesday, August 19th along with My Life Starts Now) His other album, Beat Music: The Los Angeles Improvisations will also release the same day. Check out the title track to My Life Starts Now after the jump.