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Veteran jazz guitarist/composer Michael Musillami is known to critics as “a superior guitarist” (DownBeat), “one of the more imaginative guitarists in jazz” (Signal to Noise) and “a modern-day jazz master” (Edmonton Journal). They have also noted that his distinctive original compositions “mine not only the fertile vein of classic jazz but the outer reaches of creative music” (Hartford Courant), calling his music “honest, frequently surprising, and consistently exciting” (JazzTimes).

Born and raised in California, Musillami was inspired early on by musicians including Chet Baker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Bill Evans. He studied with renowned guitarist Joe Diorio before moving permanently to the East coast in the early 1980's, working primarily in organ trios led by Richard “Groove” Holmes and Bobby Buster among others.

In addition to paying his dues as a sideman performing with musicians such as Junior Cook, Dewey Redman, and Curtis Fuller, he became a part of the circle of musicians connected to the Hillside Club in Waterbury, Connecticut, including frequent future collaborators Thomas Chapin and Mario Pavone.

In 1999, Musillami founded the Playscape Recordings label to give himself more control over his recording career, and to provide other musicians with a supportive environment for creative music. Built around a cadre of frequent collaborators, the label has garnered extensive critical praise and a catalog of more than 35 diverse releases. “Like Blue Note or CTI in their prime,” writes Signal to Noise reviewer John Chacona, “Michael Musillami's Playscape label has a signature sound.”

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Musillami's abilities on his electric guitar are without parallel. And there is no question that he feels every note that every instrument makes.
--Lyn Horton, All About Jazz

Musillami has developed a very distinctive guitar voice over the years. His early work was fluent and well-executed, but in recent years his playing has matured, along with his writing ability.
--Chuck Obuchowski, Hartford Courant

...he continues to assert himself not only as a very competent performer, but especially as one of the most innovative composers on the scene.
--Michael G

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Album Dig by Michael Musillami

Dig

Playscape Recordings
2019

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Album Life Anthem by Michael Musillami

Life Anthem

Playscape Recordings
2018

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Album Bird Calls by Michael Musillami

Bird Calls

Playscape Recordings
2017

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Album Of The Night by Michael Musillami

Of The Night

Playscape Recordings
2016

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Album Pride by Michael Musillami

Pride

Playscape Recordings
2015

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Album Pride by Michael Musillami

Pride

Playscape Recordings
2014

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The Treatment

The Treatment

Michael Musillami
The Treatment

Seven Blend

Seven Blend

Michael Musillami
Fragile Forms

Part Pitbull

Part Pitbull

Michael Musillami
Dachau

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