Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet: Artfully poised between tradition and invention

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Artist: Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet
Genre: Jazz
Label: Motéma

Hailed as one of the pioneers of contemporary drumming, and latterly showered with attention following his appearance on David Bowie's valedictory Blackstar album, Mark Guiliana is best known for adapting the impossible-to-play grooves of electronic music to the drum set. Jersey, however, is the 37-year-old's nod to his roots, geographically and musically: for all the originality of his sound, Guiliana knows he stands on the shoulders of giants, and he acknowledges them here with Rate, a drum solo dedicated to Roy, Art, Tony and Elvin. The album's only cover is Bowie's Where Are We Now?, a fittingly emotional tribute to his former employer, but Jersey is a jazz album from a powerful, well-oiled quartet artfully poised between tradition and invention.

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Cormac Larkin

Cormac Larkin

Cormac Larkin, a contributor to The Irish Times, is a musician, writer and director