Out of Balance
A bright,airy and impressionistic sextet date that clearly marks the stamp of the guitarist as a leader. Musillami, perhaps a new name to some, has been around for some time, and he shows command and flexability in the jazz guitar methods.The album is full of intricate work that bears fine listening.
Gavin Jazz: This date is a hoppin, direct to two track jazz guitar romp by Michael Musillami.For this demanding one day, live studio date, Musillami brought in seasoned guns like bassist Ray Drummond, trumpet heavy Randy Brecker, and sax/flautist Thomas Chapin.There are as many spacey moments as swinging ones, but it's hardly frantic or overly edgy.In fact, from an acoustic jazz point of view, it's as conventional as it is unconventional.
The Indianapolis Star...Jay Harvey: Of a possible 4 stars...3 1/2. The jazz world is positively lousy with good guitarists, in whose company Michael Musillami can readily be counted. What's more, he turns out interesting compositions. Musillami lends his liquid sound comfortably to every song(unsurprisingly) and often enters into fruitful counterpoint with Chapin. The songs range from the chewy feast of Mar's Bars to the lurchy Out Of Balance.