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Mark Guiliana's Vic Firth Performance Spotlight (Video)

Sebastien Helary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

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.

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Mark Guiliana - 'Beat Music: The Los Angeles Improvisations' (Streams)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

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.

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Mark Guiliana - "My Life Starts Now" (Stream)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Drummer Mark Guiliana just posted the title track to one of his two upcoming albums, My Life Starts Now. The song will be free with pre-order on iTunes which go down next Tuesday, August 19th. My Life Starts Now is out September 2nd on Guiliana's newly-started Beat Music Productions. 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.

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Mehliana - "Sleeping Giant" (Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

The folks at Nonesuch Records really know how to tease out material because they're steadily dropping these videos one by one of the duo of Brad Mehldau on keyboards and Mark Guiliana on drums from their performance at Los Angeles' Largo from October of last year. The latest video of the pair performing "Sleeping Giant" comes just in time for the release of their new album, Taming the Dragon. Watch the video after the jump (and maybe catch the previous videos for "Just Call Me Nige" and "Hungry Ghost", if you haven't already).

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Mehliana - "Just Call Me Nige (Live)" (Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

The superduo of Brad Mehldau, likely one of the most influential jazz pianists of our time, and Mark Guiliana, hands down one of the best drummers around, are soon to release their new album, Taming the Dragon, February 15 on the Nonesuch label. The album marks new territory for Mehldau who spent much of last year touring with Guiliana while playing assorted keyboards and exploring new sounds, and the two certainly sound comfortable together. It's a pairing that makes a whole lot of sense and makes the anticipation for the album all the stronger. To get a taste of what this is all about, check out the new video of Mehliana performing "Just Call Me Nige" live at Los Angeles' famed Largo back in October of last year after the jump.