Michael Musillami Octet

Michael Musillami- guitar, altered guitar
Peter Madsen- Pianist/composer
Cameron Brown- bass
Tom Christensen- tenor sax, alto sax, alto flute, english horn, wood flute
Art Baron- trombone, bass recorder, didgeridoo
Tom Beckham- vibes, marimba
Satoshi Takeishi- percussion
Michael Sarin- drums

1) Squid Fantasy
2) Star
3) Nambian Sunset
4) Goody
5) Spirits Rebellious
6) Circles
7) The Walking Wounded


The guitarist has brought a fine cast on board to realize seven of Chapin's pieces. "Squid Fantasy", an ebullient quirky swinger that inspires a strong solo from Madsen, is the perfect way to open the tribute. Indeed the blowing is fine throughout, as one would expect given the impressive discographies of the principals.
David DuPont, One Final Note

...an album that still surprises after numerous listens...Spirits is a world of its own full of sublime harmonies, world-percussion accented rhythm and horn shouts reminiscent of Impulse-era Mingus.
Russell Carlson, JazzTimes

There is a constant rhythmic cohesion, even as the arrangements expand the body of Chapin's compositions and make room for the musicians to weave their spells. The fluidity and the easy interaction are evident right off. Musillami's octet tantalizes as it creates a resolute document of Chapin's music.
Jerry D'Souza, AllAboutJazz

Chapin worked with many of these musicians—drummer Michael Sarin, pianist Peter Madsen, trombonist Art Baron—and that might explain the warm, wonderfully easy way they have with his songs...many performances resonate. With his cool command and classic tone, Baron is particularly exciting. [Musillami's] dry, natural sound and close melodic control gradually sculpt out Spirits' fundamental features.
Greg Buium, DownBeat

...an interesting revelation...everyone sounds completely at ease with this more groove-oriented, theme-based music. Kudos to Musillami, who arranged all the material with the exception of one track each by Baron and Christensen; clearly he sees something in the material that others have not.
John Kelman, AllAboutJazz

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