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Playscape Recordings Announces Three New Releases

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LONGMEADOW, MA - Playscape Recordings is proud to announce the December 3rd release of its three newest titles: George Schuller’s Hellbent, Tom Christensen’s Paths, and Michael Musillami/Mario Pavone’s Pivot. Founded by guitarist and executive producer Musillami, Playscape has documented quality music on more than 20 titles featuring musicians like Thomas Chapin, Joe Fonda, Randy Brecker, Marty Ehrlich, Wallace Roney, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, and Branford Marsalis among many others. More information on the Playscape Recordings catalog is available at

George Schuller and the Schulldogs "Hellbent" (PSR J111300)
A prominent sideman with the likes of Ballin' the Jack, Conference Call and the Ran Blake Trio among others, drummer/composer/arranger George Schuller has led his own innovative bands since founding Orange Then Blue in the early 1980's. Hellbent is the follow-up to the Schulldogs' 1999 debut, Tenor Tantrums (New World), and captures the group live in November 2000. Both Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone) and brother Ed Schuller (bass) return from the first record, with Tim Berne (alto saxophone) replacing George Garzone.

Tom Christensen "Paths" (PSR J111601)
Innovative multi-instrumentalist Tom Christensen's 2000 debut, Gualala (Naxos Jazz), prompted AllAboutJazz reviewer Steve Armour to write, "Christensen has reworked the tools of ensemble writing." Once again joined by his piano-less ensemble of Charles Pillow (sopranino, alto and tenor saxes, clarinet, bass clarinet and alto flute), Ben Allison (bass), and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion), with special guest Andrew Sterman (bass flute and bass clarinet) on two tracks, Christensen (tenor and soprano saxes, English horn and wood flute) further embraces experimentation with unusual instrumentation and ideas from world and classical musics as well as jazz.

Michael Musillami/Mario Pavone "Pivot" (PSR J121001)
AllAboutJazz has called Michael Musillami "definitely a guitarist to watch," and Mario Pavone has been an active and adventurous bassist with musicians like Thomas Chapin, Paul Bley, and Anthony Braxton since the early 1970's. Frequent collaborators on multiple recordings, most recently 2001's op ed (Playscape), featuring pianist Peter Madsen and drummer Mike Sarin, their latest release as co-leaders is Pivot, featuring the entirely new ensemble of George Sovak (soprano, alto and tenor saxes, clarinet and flute), Art Baron (trombone) and George Schuller (drums).

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