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Mark Guiliana: An Undeniable Groove

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Tuesday September 18, 2018

From the Washington City Paper

Fall Arts & Entertainment Guide 2018

Mark Guiliana gained a huge boost in notoriety because of his playing on David Bowie’s final recording, Blackstar, in which the music icon teamed up with a group of New York’s finest jazz musicians. Even before then, Guiliana was one of the most innovative drummers on the scene, playing music ranging from traditional acoustic jazz to drum ’n’ bass. His resume includes stints with keyboardist Brad Mehldau, saxophonist and fellow Bowie alum Donny McCaslin, and a host of others. Guiliana is starting to increase his profile as a bandleader. His latest project includes bassist Chris Morrissey as well as saxophonists Jason Rigby and Mike Lewis. The absence of a chordal instrument leaves plenty of space for Guiliana’s shifting rhythmic approach and interaction within the band. Though the music can be complex at times, Guiliana is capable of anchoring even the most esoteric music with an undeniable groove.

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