Mat Marucci


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Veteran drummer Mat Marucci plays in the Sacramento area with German pianist Markus Burger in different settings. For his Cadence release, Marucci plays with Burger in a trio, a quintet (with saxophonists John Tchicai and Doug Webb) and a nonet. Eight of the 11 selections are free improvisations and these are generally quite coherent due to the high musicianship of the players and the longtime musical communication between Burger and Marucci. Tchicai and Webb have contrasting but complementary styles, the three different bassists (one in each format) all work out well and Tchicai's closing calypso "Time Inside Part II" wraps up the set nicely. This is a successful outing of adventurous and frequently exciting music.

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